When Mackenzie meets Carter, it’s love at first sight. They have a blissful year together before trouble arrives. In the form of Carter’s two teenage sons.
When Hunter and Carey decide they want to live with their father in California, Mackenzie knows right away that she’s in for a tough time. And she couldn’t be more right.
The two boys show her on a daily basis that she’s not good enough for their dad. In fact, they make it quite clear their lives would be better without her. But could it be that Hunter has quite a different motive for hating her?
Chick and Brain Rating 4 out of 5
I was graciously provided an ARC by the author for an honest review
This is a first time reading anything by Annie Stone and as usual I was very surprised. Her writing style is very similar to a suspense or thriller author, but with a very sultry feel to it. Forbidden Romances are my thing! I cannot get enough of them, but when it is a “mother figure” for her “child” I get a little grossed out. Stone did an amazing job of making us forget that these characters had any other relationship that a female to a male. I found myself by the end hoping for that happily ever after that we all dream of…. but that ending! Thank the stars that this is supposed to be a series!
The story begins when Mackenzie has to meet her much older boyfriend’s teenage son’s, Hunter and Carey. These two boys have not had the easiest life. Their mother cheated on their father, which caused their parents to get divorced. Their mother is now currently a raging alcoholic who sleeps with half of Florida state. So when they lay eyes on Mackenzie (Mac for short) they immediately despise her. Mac has a past that no one, not even her boyfriend, knows about so dealing with the wrath of these two boys is very difficult until one day she has had enough and snaps! Slowly the boys and Mac start to get along, but Hunter begins to see Mac differently than his brother. Hunter is falling in love with her and there is nothing he can do to stop it, honestly he doesn’t want to. His feelings turn to a slew of problems for both him and Mac that lead to a major blow out that results in the almighty cliff hanger to end this first book in the series.
Stone is able to take the most taboo of subjects and make it seem almost normal in this story. Hunter is not a little boy, he is an 18-year-old male. Now to some that might seem young, but in reality that is old enough to make choices and decisions which is demonstrated to us through out the story. Mac is not much older than him, the one who actually is shown to be in the wrong is the boy’s farther Carter. Carter is basically shown to be a workaholic who uses Mac to help take care of things while he is away on business. Now whether that is the case or not the jury is still out, but Stone sets up the perfect scenario for us to see it as being okay for Hunter and Mac to be together. We are left wanting Mac and Hunter or even possibly Carey to get their happily ever after because all three of them have had such horrible past to deal with. They deserve to be loved and be happy, even if it is not with each other.
All of this is achieved because Stone has not provided us with the missing information of the love story between Carter and Mac. Most of their interactions during the entire story seem forced to the point that we can not even believe that Carter even loves Mac. I would love to have more information about the love story or even relationship between Mac and Carter prior to the boys arriving in the beginning of the story. By doing so, we would be able to believe Mac’s willingness to stick with Carter so badly after the way he has treated her.
Once again I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! Although I would have loved to have more back story about Mac and Carter, I was unable to put the book down. The cliff hanger at the end left me immediately wanting me more along with a severe ache in my chest for all of the characters. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment!
Until next time,