Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
I really need a happy contemporary. GEEZ. Before this I read a dark contemporary called the End of our Story, and then I finished Parks and Rec, and King’s Blood, and Talking as Fast as I Can, which were all books(or shows) that either made me super sad or made me cry. But because this was next on my ARC list, I dove in. Embracing that this wouldn’t be a cutesy book definitely made it better. This book starts out with a bang and while slow in parts, was a pretty explosive ride.
It had some plot twists I totally saw coming, but I’m weird and with some books I like it that way. I like, for lack of a better phrase, being absolutely and totally right. Not all the time, but sometimes it’s nice. With this book it definitely felt good to be right.
AND I WAS RIGHT ON ALL THE THINGS (:-D)
This was my first Colleen Coble book and I really enjoyed the experience. While some parts were a little stiff(idk, maybe that was just me???), it was a pretty good book. The last 20% was SOO GOOD OMG. Like seriously. Twist after twist. Albeit, I had guessed them all like 10% before they happened and had hunches about them for most of the book, but it was still fun. I loved the pinches of Irish spread through the book, and the noticeable yet coherently written accents.
Blackhill Manor was such a chilling and perfect location for this story and really set up the more thrilling aspects of it. Pete the alligator was also an addition I found really unique, and I also loved some spoilery things that you can select to see. It was cool to see a heroine, who, while she had weak moments, didn’t fall head over heels for the creepy secret murderer then realize who he was. It helped the story feel stronger. Btw I didn’t buy the “Liam is possessing me” story for one second. I totally knew it was actually just Liam. But that’s okay, because it was still a good story and the journey was important.
Another strong thing about this story was the characters. I loved Ciara, and it was fun seeing Ena’s backstory, though I did wish for a little more backstory for the rest of the major characters. All in all, this book was a really fun ride. I’d definitely read another Colleen Coble book.
CONTENT GUIDE -\
sexual – a near rape, some kissing, innuendos
cussing – none
violence – this was creepy and definitely very violent at parts.
intoxication – no drinking, no drugs other than pain meds