Series: Riverstone Estate #1
Author: Roya Carmen
Release date: 26 September, 2016
Main characters: Amber Mcanulty (née Riverstone) recently widowed and struggling to keep everything together. Aiden Rogers, old family friend and the person Amber holds responsible for her family’s problems.
Plot: Following the death of their beloved father, siblings Amber, Ruby and Flynn have all pitched together to keep the Riverstone estate afloat. Amber runs the inn and has her hands full bringing up her son and dealing with the grief of losing her twin, her husband and her father in a relatively short space of time.
Amber’s grief is a tangible burden. Despite losing her husband and brother two years earlier, the concept of moving on just seems impossible some days. When Aiden Rogers walks back into her life – the man she blames for the deaths of her brother and husband – suppressed anger erupts and the pair must face up to their unresolved issues.
Aiden has loved Amber since childhood and the loss of her as well as his two best friends is unbearable. He tries to stay away, but the pull of her is too strong. How can he make her see that their attraction to one another needn’t be something to feel guilty about? Will she ever feel for him what he feels for her? Or is he doomed to a life of unrequited love?
Why you should read it: I love Roya Carmen’s books. You usually get a lot of drama, entertainment and red-hot romance. This book is no exception. We have a heroine who’s been through the mill, is afraid of everything as a result and needs to find some peace. Her dynamic with Aiden was an interesting one because they’ve known each other forever. They’re a huge part of each other’s lives and their story was engaging. Their shared history meant that they understand each other a lot – but that doesn’t make things plain sailing at all! Aiden is pretty much a saint: he’s patient, kind and ready to settle down.
What you may not like: Ok, I’ll be honest – this book includes a challenging heroine. Amber is suffering, has suffered a lot in the past, so I gave her a free pass on a lot of stuff, but at times she was a real cow! And rather self-involved. She could be a real pill, but Aiden is no pushover and he gives as good as he gets. Amber’s indecision and inner monologue was a little repetitive at times, but I figure it showed how much turmoil she was in.
Rating: 3.5/5 – it’s an engaging book, the start of an exciting series and it kept my interest. I look forward to book 2 which comes out in Jan 2017. (Ruby’s story.)
About the Author:
Busy mom, naughty writer, comic-addict, artist & designer, book-aholic, nature lover, and hopeless romantic.
When I’m not writing, I can usually be found hanging with my family, reading, camping and travelling, painting, yoga-ing (very ungracefully), shooting pool, or at my favourite bookstore café with my book friends.
A Northern French-Canadian gal, I now live just near Toronto where it’s much, much warmer!
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