I wasn’t sure that I was loving this until I turned the last page and realized that I had devoured it in one sitting and was SUPER upset that I’d be left with that CLIFFHANGER for two months. The only thing cliffhangers are good for is telling you just how invested you are in a love story – and, apparently, I’m pretty into this one. It’s a classic bad boy/good girl romance with a twist, because this antihero isn’t all that bad and this heroine isn’t all good. It reads quickly and has plenty of heat, pairing Smith’s thoroughly engaging writing style with an interesting couple. Though it’s not without its issues and I’m seriously worried that our hero might’ve slept with the heroine’s mom in high school (please let me be wrong, please let me be wrong…), it was entertaining from start to finish.
The story follows Rylee, a woman who knows that she’s in a bad relationship. Though her parents love her boyfriend and they’ve been together for years, he’s become abusive and no longer hides the fact that he’s cheating. Just when she’s worked up the courage to break things off, a man from Rylee’s past re-enters her life in a big way. August went to prison six years ago, and no one expected him to be out anytime soon. He’s the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks that Rylee crushed on during her teen years, and he just might be the guy to help her make a better future for herself. Though August knows he’s no good for Rylee, he can’t seem to make himself stay away, and the two dance around each other until there’s no denying their connection.
There were definitely things that I didn’t like, but I was still 100% hooked on this complicated romance. I’m a sucker for a bad boy with a marshmallow heart, and that’s August. He’s never had anything good in his life, so he doesn’t know how to act around Rylee. There’s a push/pull to their relationship that’s both frustrating and intriguing, but I can’t wait to see more of his softer side. Rylee… eh, I didn’t love Rylee. I liked her more later in the story and think there’s still hope for her yet, but she’s not my favorite. I’m really, really curious to see where this goes in the second half of the duet, because that cliffhanger is pretty major, and I’ve got the feeling that the suspense is just getting started. Smith’s writing style is highly addictive, so she makes it easy to devour these twisty love stories. We’ll see where this one goes next, but fingers crossed about that mom thing. I received an early copy via Wildfire Marketing, and am voluntarily leaving a review of this quick, steamy romance.
She’s wealthy, he’s a convict. Together they are the perfect poison…
I forgave him for the lies he told.
And I forgave him for breaking my body with his touch.
But I couldn’t forgive myself for staying.
Until I met you… my antidote.
I knew I couldn’t keep forgiving him, when I could be safe in your arms.
With your touch, there were no tears.
With your kisses, I could finally breathe.
You might be the villain in everyone’s story…
But not mine.
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About the Author:
USA Today Best Selling Author T.L. Smith loves to write her characters with flaws so beautiful and dark you can’t turn away. Her books have been translated into several languages. If you don’t catch up with her in her home state of Queensland, Australia you can usually find her travelling the world, either sitting on a beach in Bali or exploring Alcatraz in San Francisco or walking the streets of New York.
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