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Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes another burning Corisi romance about family crises, dark secrets, and unforeseen love.

Riley doesn’t want her mom to know that she’s been seeing her newly discovered family, the Corisi clan. Riley’s biological father made her mother’s life hell, and even though he’s dead, her fear of anyone who shares his last name lives on. 

After attending two funerals, Gavin’s father has decided Gavin needs a wife and children to be happy. Rather than inheriting his family’s company, Gavin now must earn his way back into his father’s good graces by producing a fiancée.

Everything with Riley would have gone easier if he had just lied to her about his meeting with her brother Dominic. The truth would have hurt her, and that was the last thing he wanted. 

He never wanted a relationship, but when he is forced to choose between business or a future with her, he realizes he’ll choose her every time.

©2021 by Ruth Cardello. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • ADC
  • 19-11-21

Such a sweet story

This book made me smile at so many points throughout! Can't wait for the next part of the story!!!

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  • NightRunner
  • 31-10-21

Excellent Story!

4.75 Stars for me!

My rating range of this story... 4 - 5 Stars
If significant, why?

Main Character Ratings...
H = 7/10
h = 8/10

Narrator Rating(s)
M = 9/10
F = 9/10
If below 5/10,why?

Was cheating involved? No
Any major triggers to be aware of?

Scenes with heat... Yes
What point does it start? 50%
How much of the story? 5-7%
Anything beyond M/F? No
If yes, explained

Heat Rating... 7/10
Clean or Fade to Black - 1 or 2
Normal to Descriptive 3-5
Detailed Descriptive Sex - 6-7
Um, Wow, Beyond Descriptive Sex - 8 or above

Was there so much sex or unrealistic sex that you rolled your eyes and/or skipped forward? No

The back story... The MCs meet in a coffee shop and are initially repelled by each other. They can't stop thinking about each other and when they meet again, they start to talk.

The Romance... They really develop feelings for each other while talking on the phone and she is slowly breaking down his walls. Her brother starts to hover and creates issues.

The drama explosion... Her brother goes too far and the h finds out that the H did not tell her about his meeting with Dominic.

Did it feel Real, OK or contrived? A bit contrived
Was it OTT? Yes
Separation involved? Slight
Was it resolved properly or rushed? Real

Final Notes... The only thing I am dinging the story on is the OTT response from the h after finding out that the H did not tell her everything about the first conversation between the H and Dominic. Was Dominic an ass... Yes. It was obvious that the H was trying to protect her relationship with her brother and not trying hide anything from her. It was resolved very quickly which is why it was only a 0.25 ding.


HEA or HFN? HEA

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  • Michelle Eriksen
  • 21-10-21

Love me some Gavin

Love Gavin and Riley's story and having it read to me is just bonus. Rock Engle andAmelie Griffin bring life to the characters and allow you to just sit back and enjoy the story,

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  • Lorie Sechrist
  • 17-10-21

He said never - what happened?

I love Ruth Cardello’s books but this one was lacking on many levels. It was slow getting into the story. The story and the characters got good in the last 5 chapters and you didn’t want it to end. Then there was no epilogue. Nothing to know what happened to Riley and Gavin and nothing to look forward to with Cal or Jarrod. Missed opportunity to leave me wanting more.
And while I enjoyed the female narrator, the male narrator was not the voice of an Alpha male.
I hope the next book, if there is one, will be better.

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  • T
  • 15-10-21

hard to finish

The story was boring and predictable. I didn't understand the need for the way the way the character, Dominic, behaved.