Zac and Diane, the rest of the story.
Zac and Diane’s relationship in the first book was very hot as well as full of bickering and small fights, but they really face adversity in this book. At first I didn’t like it that much because Zac is such a jerk in some of it. However, there is no denying he loves Diane. The problem is that sometimes love just isn’t enough. Especially when it comes out as jealous and controlling.
Zac’s problems stemmed from the fact that he has secrets from Diane and he is afraid that if those secrets are revealed, there is no way she will continue to love him and he will lose her. She is the light in his life and he is paranoid. This happens a lot in books where the characters have secrets and it is kind of a self fulfilling prophecy when the character thinks something bad will happen so they do everything to prevent it which makes things so bad that when it is revealed, it isn’t necessarily the secret that is the issue, but everything the person did to keep it a secret.
When in truth, if Zac would just trust Diane and talk about what he did, she would probably be angry but would be better able to understand because there wouldn’t be a bunch of bad behavior on top of the secret to make it look like she can’t trust him at all.
I am not going to go into specifics about what happens in this book, other than to say that I did end up liking the story, though not as much as the first book. I like the fact that Diane truly stands up for herself and doesn’t just forgive Zac because she loves him and wants to be with him. She realizes that love isn’t the only thing in a relationship.
I do like Zac as a person also. Not only is he totally hot and dreamy, but there are many times and ways that he shows not only how much he wants Diane but how much he cherishes her. That is something that isn’t often shown in books and even less in real life. The way he watches her when she sleeps, the way he carries her when she is tired, removes her clothes and tucks her into bed. He runs the bath for her and holds her when she is unaware of it.
The story is not quite as steamy as the first book, but there is still plenty of sizzle. I give it a heat index of 3 flames out of 5 🔥🔥🔥. There were also some very solid supporting characters, such as their friend Chris, Diane’s friend Julia and her ex-boss Orfeas who is now together with Julia. I would like to read their story from the beginning. I hope that is in the works next for this author. They also had a contentious romance and I think it would be a good one.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.