Loving Jade by Roya Carmen

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Book: Loving Jade

Series: Riverstone Estate #3

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 25 May 2017

Main characters: Jade Williams, ‘trophy’ wife who’s running from her abusive husband. Flynn Riverstone, equine therapist and then man who’s determined to be there for Jade.

Plot: Jade Williams is married to the man of her dreams. He treats her like a princess, he’s always been there for her. But…after his casual violence becomes too much for her to explain away, Jade flees and seeks refuge at the Riverstone estate.

Flynn Riverstone is dedicated to his job and helping re-build his patients’ confidence. The moment he sees Jade he knows he can help her. Under the fancy façade, it’s clear Jade is wounded and he is determined to learn her secrets.

Flynn’s feelings for Jade could compromise his professional life, but he’s never felt what he feels for Jade before. If she feels the same, he’ll find a way for them to be together…let the chips fall as they may.

Why you should read it: This is a strong series – my favourite story so far is Loving Ruby. This is a continuation and a great opportunity to find out more about Flynn, the enigmatic older Riverstone sibling.

What you may not like: Ok. Not going to lie. I didn’t love this book. Why? Well, the relationship between Flynn and Jade was too insta-love for my liking. Considering the situation she’s trying to extricate herself from, it seemed a bit weird that she was so ready to launch into another (albeit healthier) relationship with Flynn. Flynn, one minute is judging Jade on appearances, then the next, he’s apparently smitten. I didn’t feel the chemistry between them at all. I read the words, and they were good words, but I didn’t feel it.

Rating: 3/5 for an ok read. I have loved every book by Roya Carmen so far, so maybe my expectations were a little too high for this one. It didn’t captivate me I’m afraid.

Excerpt

She’s all settled in and it’s that time – time to say goodbye. Damn, I’m going to miss her. I know I’ll be back, but I don’t want to be away from her, even for a single day. Her beautiful green eyes are wet when she looks up me, silently begging me not to go. “Can you stay for another fifteen minutes?” she asks sweetly.
“Yes,” I say, curious. What in the heavens can we do with fifteen minutes – the possibilities are endless.
“I want you,” she says quietly and I get hard instantly at the sound of those three little words. I’ve been waiting for her to ask. I didn’t want to push her after all she’s been through recently, but it’s been days since we’ve made love – it’s all I’ve been thinking about.
I pull her face to mine, and my mouth crashes into hers, hungry. My hands are greedy too, starved for her skin. She drives me wild when the sexiest moan escapes her throat as she presses her small body against mine. I grab the underside of her thigh and hike her up over my hips. She wraps her legs around me and I prop her down on the desk, the desk with the notepad, pen and Bible on it. I swipe all of it off and it falls to the floor in a mess.
She pulls at my shirt, desperate to take it off. I peel it over my shoulders and I’m bare for her. “Fuck, Flynn,” she whispers and trails her hands along the edges of the bruises covering my torso. Then, she kisses them softly. I pull her face to mine again – I miss those sweet lips. “You want it slow and soft on the bed, or right here on the desk?”
She licks her lip playfully. “On the desk.”

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