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Now you'd think I'd know better after listening to all the other wonderful books in this addictive series.. but oh no no no.. I go and start this book.. yes START this book at bedtime - naively intending to listen to just a few chapters - huh.. well at 2 a.m I was still riveted. Rooting for a mismatched couple who were complete opposites. Mild-mannered heiress Camilla Landry with time on her hands for charity work and the handsome alpha Dominic Hughes - a dirt poor troubled tatooed boxer/air con engineer who fights so he can keep the roof over his head. He has a 'history' with the Landry brothers and wants nothing to do with them.. or from them. Their relationship is surely doomed?
Dom and Cam have already been in a 'no strings' secret relationship for ten months with absolutely no talk of getting serious because this stubborn alpha had a very different upbringing from Cam's - it was a bitter childhood which ended in bloodshed and tears. Dom's convinced there'll be no HEA for Cam and him because he's got nothing to offer her and refuses to pull her into his world - so he emotionally tries to keeps his distance. However, Cam doesn't see his failings.. only his strengths, his struggles and his loyalties (coupled with their amazing sexual chemistry of course). She tries really hard to mask her true feelings for Dom and continues a relationship devoid of HEA's while around her are happy Landry's who've found their soulmates, are married or engaged and who are already parents or happily pregnant. These are things Cam wants with Dom - but he's blinded by his circumstances and their life differences.
This is their dual POV journey.. one that will have challenges, pitfalls, emotional drama and cloudy skies.. but it'll also have passion, possessive behaviour, sexcapades, touching times and two separate loving families who clash with yet support a hero and heroine who are destined to be together.. but who are destined to make it difficult first. As we all know, the narration can make or break a book.. it can be a torture or a pleasure.. and thankfully this book was a pleasure because it was expertly narrated by Kai and Wen - a great team whose style of narration and talents made each chapter flow smoothly.. seriously good guys.
Worth a credit? Abso-freaking-lutely. I didn't think I was going to like it as the relationship was already established, a done deal with no build-up.. but very quickly Adriana Locke locked me in to the emotional turmoil, the conflict, the passion, the negatives and the positives that these two likeable characters battled to keep under their control. And another plus was that all of the other Landry clan were here too.. from the older alpha brothers who were looking out for their baby sis.. to the loving parents (as well as the 'significant others') who lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on or share wise words of wisdom at just the right time.
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OK... It's finally Cam and Dom time!!! I'll tell you that he was so not what I was expecting. He was even better. Seriously this book so exceeded my expectations on every single level. I loved this book.
Dom is so much different than any Landry, which he is fine with, but what bothers him is that he appears to not be good enough for Cam. This isn't anything she has done, but a societal issue, but some of this reasons have valor. All he wants from her is her ability to care about him for who he is. All she wants is the same. There is such a discord in this for a majority of the book, but while the issues come out more emotions reveal themselves as well. This is when you truly get to know what Dom is all about, which makes you fall more in love with him.
Having four majorly overprotective brothers doesn't help the situation at all. They are being 100 perfect Landry's, which is great for us as readers but very hard for Cam; however, the greatest part of this is the more the boys show their dysfunctional attitudes, the more you see just how much faith Dom has in Cam's ability to fight and stand up for herself. It's a breath of fresh air.
I'm so unbelievably lucky to be able to review this ARC voluntarily, which was given to me by the author. One thing that I've always looked forward to is another Landry book to read. This series may be done, but there is more to come in secrets, surprises and a new series starring a favorite Locke character!!! I'm so excited for what AL has in store for us. Five stars is truly not enough. I will be re-reading this book again soon. Now just have to wait for the audio book to come out!!!!