I received this book in eBook format in exchange for an honest review.
“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”
Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
My Rating: 4 Stars
I enjoyed reading this book and the author's writing style. It was beautifully written with amazing language and descriptions. I liked Tegan's family. Throughout the novel you could feel the love they felt for one another and how much they cared. Tegan's parents were very understanding and I loved her devotion to them. Her relationship with her sister was funny and sweet. I liked Simon, her gay best friend. I really felt for him that he struggled so much being a gay man in a small town. He was there for Tegan when she needed him and she was there for him as well. I also liked the setting. The Lockwood estate was beautiful and Coryell did a good job of showing that to the point where I could actually imagine it.
I liked Mason a lot but Tegan annoyed me sometimes and the way she let her insecurities and things dictate everything in her relationship with Mason. Throughout the book I questioned how old Tegan was. I knew she had to be past her teenage years because she referred to something happening to her when she was sixteen as happening years ago. But she acted younger sometimes and that is what made it hard to pinpoint her age. This was annoying as well because I wanted her to be more mature but she was still a likable character.
She went through something no woman should ever go through and that is probably what caused her insecurities and the need to not believe anything good could ever happen to her. I enjoyed the ending immensely and how slowly Tegan and Mason's relationship developed. They were great together. I did enjoy this book and I would read more by Dallas Coryell.