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Torn by tragedy. Reunited by love.
Two years ago, I lost my husband and my brother to the same tragedy. To this day, I hold only one person responsible—Aiden Rogers, the beautiful boy I’ve known forever, the misfit I’ve both loved and hated, the one who always got to me. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one to blame.
Now he wants to be part of my life again—when I can finally see a future for my son and myself. I’ve found the perfect man in David, someone I can start over with, a man who will be the perfect father figure for Trevor. I have a plan. At last, I see the light, and I know I can make this work.
I will not let Aiden Rogers drag me back into the darkness.
Author's note: contains sexual scenes and some coarse language.
This is the first book of the Riverstone Estate Series and can be enjoyed as a standalone read.
The Riverstone Series: A beautiful estate. Three unforgettable love stories.
Following the sudden passing of their father, Amber, Ruby, and Flynn Riverstone inherit the family estate and find themselves facing new challenges, growing closer, and discovering love along the way.
We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
New Second Chance standalone from Roya Carmen.
Torn by tragedy. Reunited by love.
Book Review: 3 Stars
After loving Roya Carmen’s Ground Rules-Series tremendously, I was over the moon to learn, that she would have another book out soon, a standalone novel this time.
What I anticipated after her first series of books was a lot of angst, heartbreak and erotic bliss. And although I got this to a certain degree, I was disappointed by “Loving Amber” nonetheless. Don’t get me wrong, the love-story was beautiful and there was angst and heartbreak and sexy times. BUT then there was the heroine. Yeah, I know I have a really low tolerance level for female main characters in books. Some, I’d like to make my new best friends and some I hate. Unfortunately, the latter was the case with the heroine Amber in Roya Carmen’s new book. And this really saddens me. The hero once made a very, very bad decision at one point in his life and this had life-altering consequences to him as well as Amber. And though her behavior is relatable to a certain point, I was soon very tired of her back and forth. This woman couldn’t have made up her mind if her life depended on it. If I had been in the hero’s shoes, I would have said “to hell with it” and left after the umpteenth rinse and repeat. And then suddenly, there was a secret revealed and the heroine was sure, she wanted the hero. Just like snapping your fingers and voilà – there her decision was. I didn’t believe it, to be honest. And said secret was really ruining the story further for me. If there are two things I would definitely describe as deal-breakers in books, I’d say it is killing the favorite main- or side-character as sort of a filler (this was not the case here though!) and angst-factor and second tarnishing his/her name then afterwards. The dead can’t even defend themselves anymore. That made me almost abandon the book. It saddens me to no end to say this, seen as this book was one of the most anticipated reads of 2016 for me. So I don’t say stuff like that easily but I have sworn to myself to always be honest in my reviews and that’s why I can’t just swallow my disappointment. Those are just things I can’t overlook, even from a person as amazing as Roya Carmen.
One thing is for sure though, Roya Carmen can write explosive scenes! Her build-up of sexual tension is to a point where the air is almost thick enough to slice through it. And even if there are not as many actual sex-scenes in “Loving Amber” as there were in her “Ground Rules”-trilogy, I can honestly say that I felt utterly satisfied LOL
Despite my obvious issues with “Loving Amber”, I can definitely recommend it to everyone who likes slow-burning second chance romance with a rough around the edges hero and sexual tension to suffocate on it. And please keep in mind, that 3 stars is not a bad rating, just means that I had a few issues with the book. They are quite personal, so maybe you won’t have them. Give “Loving Amber” a fair chance, this author is really worth it.