The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 😟😣🙃🙂🥰
The heroine: Emma – She owns a romance bookstore. Her friend Ivy signs her up for an online dating website because she spends too much time with her nose in a book.
The Hero(es): Blake Reasenburg (a.k.a. Burg) – works at Reed Security. He had been seriously dating a woman through the first seven or so books in this series, but after two biker gangs went to war with Reed Security and she found out how dangerous his job really was, she tried to give him an ultimatum and Blake chose his job.
The Story: Blake sees Emma on the dating site and contacts her for a date and they immediately hit it off. Blake knows right away that what he feels for Emma is different than what he had in the past. Both of them fall in love very quickly and the entire romance moves at a fast pace.
This story has a much more true life feel than all the past Reed Security books, with all the suspense and drama. Of course all the relationships in this series seem very lifelike, with the way the guys talk about how their women act and how they deal with different relationship situations. But this one shows the real life drama that can occur when someone’s life turns on a dime from one day to the next.
It reminds you of how easy life can change and go from really good to really bad. That happened to me at one point in my life and nothing has been the same since. This book has all the feels. Literally. You can feel the anguish of waiting two full days after Emma gets a scan to see if her cancer has metastasized, and the utter agony when they find out that the results aren’t what they hoped but are exactly what they feared. The fact that they have a newborn makes everything so much more poignant.
The blurb says this book is based on real life events and I can tell. It gets really detailed into Emma’s battle with Cancer as well as Blake’s PTSD which is exacerbated by the stress he is under with Emma’s Illness. I have to say, I didn’t really mind that this was a bit depressing since it was about dealing with illness. What I did mind was the way Emma dealt with the aftermath. It just seemed stupid and selfish to me.
Not that a person who just battled cancer doesn’t have a right to be a bit selfish. But she just had a baby before she started cancer treatments and when you have a baby you can’t be selfish. I was downright mad at her and nearly stopped reading. I should have known that it would end up being dealt with a great way and the Reed Security family was a big part of it. I love how the gang always works together to solve any problem that comes up. I wish I had friends like that. And as for Burg, he is awesome throughout everything.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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