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Author: Caitlin Crews
Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada), Harlequin Presents
Published: October 20th, 2015
This is a second chance romance packed full of angst and turmoil. It is a moving, dramatic tale of young love gone very wrong and is written in such an empathetic manner it almost moves the reader to tears at many points in the story.
When sixteen year old Lily moves to live with the Castelli family following her mother’s marriage to the Head of the household she suddenly finds herself with two step brothers, one her own age and one slightly older. These worldly young men find her a feisty argumentative, independent young lady but the attraction between her and Rafael grows so strong they give in to temptation but he is determined to keep their relationship a secret and continues to have affairs with other women. It is now five years since the car she was driving crashed, fell down a mountainside and burst into flames. Everyone was devastated by her death, though her body was never recovered.
Ever since then, Rafael has been seeing Lily in his travels – or women who initially look like her but aren’t. When he does actually find her she denies knowing him and then he discovers she has had their son, keeping the child’s existence and her own secret from him and his family. He is determined to have them both back in his life and whisks her off to Venice ……
As the secrets from their shared past are revealed this story is an emotional roller coaster ride, with so much sorrow, desperation, turmoil and fear the reader is unsure if their HEA has any chance of being achieved. This is a page turner, a riveting, complex, superbly crafted romance which takes the reader through the whole gamut of emotions and one I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys reading emotional journeys to a second chance HEA romance
Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.