Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.
Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long.
With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?
Now, I was given an ARC of the book, and when asked what I thought of it, I told the author that I really do think this is the best of her books, which is saying something because I loved her other series!
Harlow, a jilted lover, turns to a cute stranger at the bar for comfort. Cruz watched the hottie at the bar slam back another shot of tequila and figured he could turn her frown upside down. A year later, when the two of them run into each other sparks ignite.
Harlow and Cruz are explosive together whether they are fighting or well the other F word, lol. The supporting characters are not just in there for fluff like some other books, they each have a part to play and you can really feel their connection to each Harlow and Cruz, Which makes the story that much more interesting and enjoyable to read.
I thought the way that the author wrote Cruz and Harlow; it was so easy to empathize with them. These aren’t your typical picture perfect couple who come from great families, or have tons of money. Harlow comes from a good family that is old money, and Cruz comes from a family with a checkered past, but both are not without their scars, they’re damaged just like the rest of us. I think that is part of the reason I enjoyed reading Giving in so much. I mean yes, there was great sex scenes, drama, romance, and humor, but I kept reading because I cared about what was happening to these people.
I cried for them, I was angry on their behalf, and I cheered them on. This is not a book that you can just walk away from; once you finish it, you’ll be anxiously awaiting the next in the series to see what comes next.
My biggest complaint about this book would have to be that it does end in a cliffhanger, which I am not a fan of at all in any book. However, that probably has more to do with my lack of patience.
I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books has brought me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series, 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. You Belong With Me & Letters To Luca. Even though a series, each book is a stand alone giving you different stories about reunions. My new series which will be a continuation series called 'The Sandy Cove Series' will release in March 2014. The first book is entitled 'Giving In'. I'm still an avid reader and huge Indie Author supporter! Here's where you can find my books: