Author: Michelle Bellon
To what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves?
Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery.
When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent.
Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed. Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price.
As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her. Will she push him too far?
I loved the book. From the cover, the characters and to the plot. It’s very interesting and I have managed to read it fast because I was so hooked to the story.
I really like the character of Reed and how the story focuses on him, unlike others that mostly focuses on the female protagonist. I usually enjoy books that focuses on the male protagonist’s POV because it’s fun for me to have a look on what’s going on in the minds of the opposite sex. This book falls to that category. Jade’s character on the other hand, is really complicated. I had a love/hate relationship with regards to her character. However, I understand where her “character complications” are coming from because of her past. The emotions were raw and believable that I fell for it. It made me really emotional while reading the book.
I felt really nervous towards the end of the book because it seemed like I’m not going to get a good ending. Oh, but I was wrong. I liked the ending. I just think that the thrill with regards to the conflict from Jade’s past was lacking. I wish I’d seen more action to that, but then again, this is a romantic novel not a suspense-thriller one. Also, I wish I’d seen more on Justine, I felt like Mia’s character was her replacement.
I also like the narrative of the story. It’s divided into three parts, starting from when Jade and Reed were pre-teens until they were adults. It makes the book organized and easier to read. Also, it gives the readers the experience of growing up with the characters, which is pretty cool.
ABOUT MICHELLE BELLON
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She drinks ungodly amounts of coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.
She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.