The Bittersweet Series Book #1
Self-pub, Feb 28, 2017, Kindle ed, 317 pages
Genre(s) Contemporary Romance, Debut Novel
Other books in this series: coming soon
Putting her black ops past in the rear view mirror, Terese hit the road like a modern-day gypsy, pounding along the asphalt highway, staying nowhere long enough to be found. She’d saved a few lives . . . and took a few that needed taking. The death, the blood, the dirty deeds, stored in a corner of her mind she never visited. But there was one life she couldn’t save that would never go into that dark corner. That one was constantly there, day and night, that small face looking up at her.
And then Alex. The man who wanted her, loved her, struggled to understand her, but above all, offered something to her she’d never had . . . a normal life. How could she allow someone like Alex into the mortal peril that pursued her? He’d be eaten alive.
She’d only failed the one mission. But it had been the most important one. Can she forgive herself for the evil of others? Only second chances will tell . . .
NOTE: Intended for 18+ due to child endangerment; swearing; explicit sexual content; not a cozy story . . . at all!
About the Author:
When I was seven, I was bored. That happened a lot when I was a kid since I’m an only child! 🙂 I whined to my dad, “I’m bored!” His response, with a magnanimous wave of a hand, “There’s a bookcase. Go get a book.” So, I grabbed the biggest, brightest book there (a college biology book) and began from the beginning. It took a long time, a looong time to finish that book. Never one to do anything by halves, I wanted to be an actress, a vet and an astronaut–simultaneously, of course–but decided to be a horse trainer instead. (Really? A horse trainer? Yes, what of it?) No, I’m not a horse whisperer. A horse doesn’t care what you whisper at it. A horse wants apples, carrots, and cookies. Especially cookies. Just like people. 😉 I’m also not a cowgirl (cows scare me!) and I don’t race my horses. Sigh . . . I’ve heard it all a million times! LOL Anyways, my mom was a reader, books tucked everywhere around my childhood home, and my dad was a writer, little half-finished stories under the coffee table and between the cushions. I’ve acquired both habits on a grander scale (remember, nothing by halves? LOL) and have boxes of books above your head filling up a whole room and my computer hard drive filled up with bits and bytes of half-finished stories. It’s a disease, I kid you not!
My Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book by the author. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
This is such a great book! The characters are fairly well developed and you get a bit more insight into things as you go along. There is obviously a lot in Terese’s background that’s dark and scary and that she really doesn’t want to talk about, but it may not stay in her past.
I absolutely love Bestio. He’s the perfect touch. A really great sidekick for Terese. He’s beautiful, well cared-for, and well-school. It was such a touching scene and revealed so much about her feelings for children when she gave rides to all those children. And Alex watches the whole scene. Later on, he asks Bestio for advice! Not that it does him any good.
The relationship between Alex and Nick was great, too. The solidity of it gave Alex the security to take chances. I love Nick’s loyalty.
The way the author wrote scenes was awesome. So very descriptive that you could see it all. You weren’t just being told what was going on, you could see it as it happened. That window scene was so dramatic. I felt like I watched it in slow motion.
And now there’s Malice. What part did he play in her past and what does he plan to do now? I have to read the second book, obviously. I suggest you get started on book one and I’ll go find out when the second one is due out.