There is no greater burden than a secret, and Kari Stanley has been carrying one alone for a long time. But fate intervenes in the form of a broken down car and the kind offer of assistance from a handsome stranger with a sweet Southern drawl. In exchange, all she has to do is go to dinner with him. Temptation was never so sweet. Max Quinn has secrets of his own. His good deeds aren't just a product of his Southern upbringing; they're his atonement. As one dinner turns into two, he realizes that Kari just might be his salvation. As they struggle to find their path together, their secrets weigh heavier on them. Will they be able to trust one another with the truth, or will their secrets keep them apart forever?
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One fateful day changed Kari's life and future for the better because a gorgeous, sexy charismatic man came to her rescue, fixed her car and only wanted one date in payment..... the perfect guy with a Southern drawl who turned out to be both beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. Because after their initial meeting the story skips ahead a year and a half to where Max and Kari are still happily together but Kari has emotionally debilitating secrets - secrets she's sure will tear them apart. So, knowing there's an expiry date on their relationship, Kari keeps part of her heart back from the very loving Max for his own good because she's sure that, when her worst nightmare comes true and he finds out about her terrible secret, yes, it'll dent his heart.... but their split will shatter hers.
Max, Max, Max is just wonderful.... he's romantic, thoughtful, patient, considerate, sexy, understanding.... oh my list could go on and on and on.... a truly drool-worthy super-Hero and he tries really hard to give Kari time to tell him what puts that sad look on her face, what makes her keep back from fully committing to him and what's stopping her from saying yes to one of his many proposals. However, behind the scenes someone's ruthlessly and deviously making plans that will bring Kari's past to light, reunite her with a face she never wanted to see again and cause havoc, devastation, heartache, pain and won't end well. Kari and Max are such likeable characters and, while Max desperately holds on, Kari fights her heartbreaking inner demons..... and the lying demon that's trying to destroy everything.
A wonderful storyline of two people hopelessly in love and how they each face the dramas and angst that comes their way..... which takes their relationship through bumps, dips, roadblocks and forks in the road before they can reach their HEA's. There's sex, bags of romance, tears and joy as well as a good cast of secondary characters... especially Max's business Partner Cane from book 1. The actual book was probably brilliant but, for me, nothing can beat Kai and Wen's style of narration where they each stick to their own genders and conversations between characters flow so smoothly because of it..... and they both make this a purrrfect listen. Dual POV's and it could easily be standalone but please don't let a good listen slip away - add book 1 to your Cart first, or as well as this one, and start there because, IMO, you won't regret it... and you'll get to witness firsthand the great friendship between Cane and Max.
Worth a credit? An absolutely awesome listen that had me totally hooked by Chapter Two, emotionally invested by Chapter Three and then I was manically racing through the rest of the nail biting, nerve-racking, well written and beautiful Chapters to eventually stop, breathless and happy, after the heartwarming Epilogue. So that folks is a Hell YES it's worth a credit.
- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"
This was another great listen from my favorite narration team, Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross. It was my introduction to the author, Adriana Locke.
It wasn’t quite what I expected because the blurb was a bit misleading. Most of it happened in the prologue, and then the story skips ahead a year and a half to the point where Max is trying to get Kari to move in with him and marry him.
It started off a little slow, but then it picked up speed and I couldn’t stop listening. It’s really a romantic suspense, and the suspense builds throughout. Although it was obvious who the stalker was early on, there were many scenes and characters that turned out to be unpredictable. I enjoyed expecting one thing and being surprised with another. There was also a subplot surrounding Max’s friend and Kari’s brother-in-law, Cane Alexander, that added depth to the book. Everything was neatly explained, and the loose ends were all tied up at the end.
Kennicott and Ross did a bang-up job with the different voices and accents. They each played one character with a southern accent, and outside of the accents, they were able to vary their voices enough that I could easily tell which character was speaking. There is nothing like dual narration where a man does all the male voices, and a woman does all the female ones. It makes dialog so much more realistic and fun to listen to. I think these two are the best narration duo out there. Once you’ve had Kennicott and Ross, you can't go back. I eagerly await more audiobooks from them.
I would definitely recommend this one to my friends.