☆✮ My Review ✮☆
☆ I received an ARC via Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ! ☆
Love finds us for reasons unknown and when it finds us, it latches on.
One year ago, one fateful encounter led to Blade and Aria having one weekend of no holds barred, blissful sex. They never exchanged names or identities, but rather gave each other nicknames.
Blade~ a.k.a “Dante”
Aria~ a.k.a “Tulip”
Then, Blade up and disappeared leaving Aria devastated.
Now present day, Aria has never forgotten that man who she’d given herself to wholly and irrevocably.
Until, he turns out to be the son of the man her mother had married!
Now in an ever-growing entangled web, Aria must battle her conflicted feelings and emotions for her new step bro while still reeling and coping from a tragic past.
How will everything turn out?
Do Aria and Blade have a chance at love?-- A second go at making old wrongs and hurts right while making a real go at a real romantic relationship?
Or are some things just not meant to be?
So, my thoughts:
Those who really know me, all well aware that I love my taboo, step bro and sister reads-- so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m reading this. Hehe.
While I did like majority of this read, there were parts where Blade’s character really frustrated me. I did get his intentions, I do. But when he tried to move on and do the noble thing I got annoyed with how he’d address Aria and Peyton with the same words of endearment and how he treated Aria after one particular incident involving Peyton. So, prick!! >_<
Sometimes, I really and truly wondered for Aria's sake and well-being, if Blade was really worth the hassle and heartbreak by the way he treated and ran out on her.
But, as Selena Gomez would so delicately put it, “The Heart Wants What it Wants.”
As for Aria—I liked her. I know some people may think that she’s a weak heroine but I could see her plight and her emotions. I felt as if she was a punching bag of sorts for a lot of characters and was very likeable and sympathetic in her thoughts, actions, and words.
I really rooted for this couple but at times it felt a bit hopeless and bleak due to Blade’s doubts and convictions.
All in all though, a pretty decent read that makes me wonder where author Bella Jewel takes this series in the follow up which will focus on Blade’s tormented brother—Brody, and Aria’s bestie—Melanie “Mel”!! So, so excited!!
☆✮ About the Author ✮☆
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.