~Ebook gifted to Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe in exchange for an honest review.~
It’s a bitter reality Lorenzo Moreno knows all too well.
After his “good girl” fiancée blind sides him by cheating on him with her ex Lorenzo swears off relationships for a while, if not forever.
Until Fate steps in.
Unable to fight the incredible pull he feels to Olivia, a girl who was supposed to be just a meaningless one night stand, Lorenzo gives into his heart. But only after making one thing utterly clear. He will not deal with any exe’s or other men in her life. Period.
She’s not that person anymore.
For too long Olivia Romero shamefully put up with an manipulative and overly controlling boyfriend. So when fate pairs her up with the gorgeous but intense Air Force pilot she’s ready to stand her ground. Cutting all ties with her ex is no sacrifice for Olivia. It’s why she willingly complies with Lorenzo’s uncompromising stipulation.
As their relationship intensifies so do Lorenzo’s suspicions about any man in her life. Determined to not be that weak girl anymore, Olivia demands to be trusted. Despite how vehement her new boyfriend can be, her diligence seems to be working.
But when an unforeseen crisis arises Olivia is forced to make a decision. A decision she knows in Lorenzo’s jaded and suspicious mind could be unforgivable.
♥♥♥ 2 STARS ♥♥♥
After I read the blurb, I thought this would be an interesting read. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up really working for me.
This book starts off with a man named Lorenzo Moreno, who finds out that his girlfriend cheated on him with her baby daddy and immediately dumps her. The event completely altered Lorenzo, he has become distrustful and swears he will never fall in love with another girl. Olivia Romero hasn’t fared too well either in the romance department. Her ex-boyfriend wasn’t exactly the best, but she loved him. He was manipulative and would try to control her. After she finally had enough of it all, she leaves him. Nine months later, Olivia and Lorenzo meet at a bar. After they begin to talk, they realize that an attraction is there. So they decide to have one night together with no strings attached.
After their first encounter, I wasn’t really feeling Lorenzo because he seemed like a jerk. Later on, they see each other again, and end seeing more of each other since Olivia becomes friends with Lorenzo’s brother’s wife. At first, Lorenzo is a total tool towards Olivia and they both try their best to avoid each other. The more they see each other, the more Lorenzo wants to have her and even give the relationship thing a try again.
These two characters had quite the baggage. I get that Lorenzo was cheated on and that this brought on some insecurities in his relationship with Olivia, but damn, I did not like how jealous he could be over every little thing. And then I hated how after being with a man who controlled Olivia and her not wanting it ever again, ends up in a new relationship and still she acted a tiny bit meek. I didn’t like how she seemed to be walking on eggshells, and have to explain her every move whenever she thought Lorenzo was getting suspicious. I also didn’t understand how she didn’t see what her brothers and Lorenzo saw in her boss and her ex-boyfriend Jay, that they were both creepy and weird about her. I wish Olivia would have grown a backbone sooner, but I was glad that she finally did in the end. She wasn’t all bad, I actually liked how loyal she was to those that truly meant something to her.
The entire focus of the book seemed to surrounded on Lorenzo’s jealousy and Olivia’s ex-boyfriend drama. I never felt an emotional connection between the two, and had trouble finding the romance in this one. There was only one scene that made my heart melt by Lorenzo’s sweetness, but that quickly became overshadowed by all the times Lorenzo was a prick because of his green-eyed monster. As a result, I didn’t like Lorenzo much. I knew this is what the book was going to be about, but I wanted more romance, more heart, more chemistry. Instead, I got too much drama, especially at the end that didn’t do much for me. I’m really disappointed that this book wasn’t what I expected, and that I wasn’t able to love it. It could be a case of it’s just me, not you. So who knows if you might enjoy it more than I did.
***All books are stand-alone
USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she’ll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon. In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self-published books as well.