Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.
Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?
Note from the author–This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn’t suitable for younger readers.
So I mentioned this on my personal facebook page when I got done reading this book but wanted to let you all in on it too… I am furious with myself knowing that this book has been sitting on my Kindle for months now and I just got around to reading it. Yes, I have read a lot of books this year, but when I purchased this book earlier this year, I was really excited to read it. So it has patiently been waiting on my Kindle for that perfect moment to be read. Today was that perfect moment. Now, I am killing myself trying to figure out why I didn’t pick it up sooner!
This book slapped me in the face within the first few pages and though there was a disclaimer, nothing prepared me for what I was about to read. I knew in advance of the scene that was about to unfold, but it just got in my face and demanded attention. Fate certainly did not play fair in the case of Isabelle and to be perfectly honest, it completly tore me up.
Isabelle had the perfect boyfriend, the perfect life but somewhere along the way fate had a horrible idea to screw it all up. After the loss of her parents and the loss of her boyfriend, she finally found the pieces of her life and started putting it back together only to be thrown right into the relationship and marriage from Hell. She wanted nothing more than to be rescued by that amazing man she lost to the Marines years before. Infact, Axel was the only thing that kept her going, even after she knew he was gone and not coming back.
When her situation at home finally hit the absolute lowest point, her amazing friend Dee and her new friend Greg are determined to not only help her out of her situation but bring this sweet and fun girl back to life. What she wasn’t expecting on her 30th birthday was to come face to face with the man of her dreams. It couldn’t be real, could it? It was real, he was standing right in front of her. She was drowning. How could it be possible?
Axel just arrived in town to set up a new office for his business. He and several of his friends from the Marines had a great operation going and this was a great opportunity to expand the business. He quickly bought a house and went to work on the new office. That’s when his friend and fellow Marine, Greg, asked him for help in protecting his dear sweet Isabelle. But neither Axel nor Isabelle had a clue they were going to run into each other again.
He had spent many years being angry with her for not waiting for him. She had spent as much time lonly and depressed because he was never going to come for her. Talk about one gigantic miscommunication. Isabelle was too scared to tell Axel everything about what happened in her life after the day he left her to join the Marines. It was not pretty, but she wasn’t going to open up about it. But there was a slight problem with this… Her husband was still refusing to sign the divorce papers and she couldn’t get rid of him.
This was not a love triangle by any means. She didn’t love her husband. The only man she had ever loved was standing in front of her at that very moment in that bar and she lost it. Could Axel and Isabelle find a way back to each other? Would Axel and Greg be able to protect her from her ex or was she doomed to the powers of fate?
This book was gripping and emotional. I cried, I got angry and I didn’t stop reading it until it was over. I wanted to hug Isabelle knowing her tortured soul just needed to excape into the arms of the man that loved her no matter what. I wanted to hug Axel, he wanted to do nothing more than protect his girl knowing he may never have her again. My heart ached for these two characters and I wanted nothing more than an HEA!
The passion, the steam, the torment and the love that flowed through the pages of this book pushed me to find the answers I was craving and kept me going with the hope of happily ever after. I loved the characters. Not one or two, I loved them all. This book stole my heart and held it captive until the very end.
So back to my beginning thoughts… I am now determined to make it through every book on my Kindle in this upcoming year. Sure I will read others that I add to it as well, but I never want the feeling of regret to hit me like this one did. I nearly forgot this book was there waiting to be read. So now, I am on to the second book in the series and I cannot wait to get into Greg’s life a little deeper!