My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Felice Stevens sets out to write a redemption arc there’s no holding back and this one nails it completely.
Anyone who has read One Call Away knows how much of an absolute bastard Harlen was, vicious and hateful and the cause of so much pain.
Here, while he’s never excused for that behaviour, he is explained, the reasons behind his cruelty were just as damaging to him as his subsequent behaviour was to others.
The villain of that piece really does become a changed man through his own efforts and also because one man wouldn’t give up on him.
Cort is the real deal, an honest Texas cowboy in the Big Apple and he knows what it’s like to be rejected. He sees something in Harlen and what then becomes a most beautiful love story begins.
Everything in this story worked for me. I loved the two of them together, I loved that Harlen owned his shitty behaviour and that he had the courage to take the hand he was offered.
Now I’m waiting for the ultimate enemies to lovers when James finally gets his story told 🙂
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.