Two people find love in the embers of their painful pasts in this slow-burn romance from Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw.
For me, family is a curse. My father and brother made my life hell. My mother’s untimely death still keeps me up at night. Now that my brother, Donovan, has been killed in an accident, I can forget the past.
The last remnant is the childhood home I’ve inherited—and which I intend to burn to the ground. The only obstacle? Anneliese Nielsen, Donovan’s fiancée.
Donovan left her destitute, and selling this run-down house is her only chance to recoup her losses. I shouldn’t care, but…maybe it’s her eyes when she sees me. I look strikingly like my brother, a man she loved despite everything.
So we strike a deal. We’ll renovate the house together, but she’ll have to convince me to sell—or up in flames it goes.
But the more time we spend in the house, the more its terrible history threatens to come out.
And even more dangerous, the harder I start to fall for Anneliese.
I am not sure what I would do were I to be faced with the long-lost (and previously unknown) brother of my dead fiancé. I am sure I would react, at least initially, exactly as Anneliese does when she meets Lachlan...by slamming both the literal and figurative door in his face, shutting off all possibilities of any future relationship.
The way their relationship builds, along with the house, was unique and it worked. I felt for both of the characters, and I related (as much as possible) to the way they each felt about the relationship they had and how it was evolving.
it's definitely a slow burn, but this story wouldn't have worked in any other way, as there is no way you would have believed there was a long term HEA for this couple if the romance had come quickly between them. It was enough emotional work to get through and over the things in the past for them to even be able to be together in the present.
I also loved the epilogue, the little glimpse into where they end up was nice. In some stories', an epilogue isn't necessary, but for this one, I really thought it was an gave the perfect ending to their story.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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