by Laura Marie Altom
~ Categories ~ Contemporary Romance
Laura Marie Altom’s heart-stirring new romance will have you believing in the power of love—and passion—to heal even the most wounded souls.
Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes an unexpected proposal.
A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he intends only a dalliance, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind. But when he tries to entice her to join him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.
Ella and Liam’s story continues in Possess, coming December 2014!
Laura Marie Altom does a stellar job in this book of showing how two people struggle one for control, another with giving control over to another and why.
This is a book that portrays hope for a better life and hope that someday Ella would be normal and loved for who she is in spite of what happened to her in the past relationship. Ella is shown as a strong women who takes her life into her hands and fights to survive. And yes she makes some bad decisions and she cries easy but this is believable because I have a friend who has been in her shoes and I had watched her struggle for years before she found the peace and confidence that she needed.
The author also slowly brings you into Liam's story with rich descriptions of his life style then tidbits about where he's coming from and why he does what he does. She continues the buildup in a manner you finally go ahhhh... I guessed that about him.
I really like the connection between Liam and Ella as well as the struggle that they go through because life is messy and sometimes you have to have the pain to get to the solution just like the book describes.
This is a book about hope and love. I give it 4 STARS.
I was given a copy for an honest opinion via Netgalley.
You will want to read these first books in the Shame series.
Read my review on the first book of this series Control and learn how Liam and Ella meet.
Also check out my review on the second book of the series Possess
Also check out my review on the third book of the series The Escort
Laura Marie Altom is the author over 40 books in three different genres. She's been happily married to her college sweetheart (Go Hogs!) for 25 years and believes their boy/girl twins actively plot to drive her crazy!
Now that her kiddos are in college, Laura spends her days contentedly writing and chasing after the family menagerie of pets, ranging from a mutt named Sweet Pea, a mini-long-haired dachshund named Cocoa, a Yorkie named Daisy, and Domino--a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees. There are also plenty of ducks and geese who live in the backyard pond but would like to live in the house!
When night falls, Laura steals a few romantic moments for herself and her own hunky cover stud!
Laura loves hearing from readers and may be reached via email at BaliPalm@aol.com or snail mail at P.O. Box 2074, Tulsa, OK 74101.
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