A second chance is there if she can put her tattered heart on the line just one more time. And for him, it only takes the right woman. This heartwarming, passionate paranormal romance was the first in an exciting spin-off to the Cauld Ane series that pulls in some great crossover connections and follow-ups with known and loved characters.
Andi Rivers has not had an easy life living as the adopted daughter of a power and rich, but emotionally cold couple who raised and nurtured an evil in their midst. Andi got away as soon as she could, but her past clung to her and she nearly let it break her. She set aside what her heart was calling for and took the safe road only to find that marrying for safety left her picking up the pieces once again. It is then that her high school crush and the man who makes her crave what she is afraid to take walks back into her life just in time to protect her from danger.
Dalton Moore is at a crossroads in his life. His sister and her friend happily settled in the secret Cauld Ane world and he has stepped away from the FBI to run his businesses and work security jobs for the Cauld Ane, but still something is missing. It’s only when arriving at the hospital when his dad has a heart attack that he realizes just what that something- rather who it is. The girl who got away and left him with no answers for her disappearance, Andi Rivers, is now his dad’s nurse and a gorgeous woman. But she is skittish and bruised by her past. Dalton isn’t about to let her walk away from him again and he certainly isn’t leaving her alone to face a stalker-like danger no matter how many times she tries to shut him down and push him away.
After the Cauld Ane series (which I still need to go back and get some of those stories), many folks including myself had a craving for more. This one moved along quickly, but had depth of plot and character development. It felt comfortable and easy to settle into and enjoy.
It’s so nice to discover that with a little twist, there is more to the Cauld Ane world than previously thought and now the emergence of the Oracles has come. Fun to see how this fits in and paired with a heartwarming reunion romance story and a dash of danger on the side. Dalton and Andi were a great pairing and their banter was fun. Loved seeing him stick with her and help her heal.
I will point out that this one isn’t really a good spot to start because it is so closely tied to the earlier series. I’d strongly recommend starting at the beginning of the Cauld Ane series to get up to speed with the world building, characters, and the mention of earlier events. Also, there is a tie to a standalone mystery story, A Nun Walks Into a Bar. I haven’t read that one yet, but there is a slight connection that other fans might recognize and enjoy.
Her bestie was a great add in and I do hope she gets her story eventually with that hard headed biker who wasn’t going to let a little thing like a brush-off get to him. And let’s not forget the check in with several former characters to make this a great crossover first of series story.
All in all, it was great getting back to a favorite world and characters and exciting to anticipate what comes next. I would recommend this book/Cauld Ane series for paranormal romance fans who want a bit of something different in the paranormal world building with a flirty passionate romance.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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