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Our story begins with Hanna. Immediately, her genuine positivity and selflessness draws you to her. The darkness of greed is creeping up on her. When she is faced by a betrayal that rocked her to the core, she learns that sometimes family can destroy family. After losing the only place she could ever call home due to her brother’s need for the next greatest adventure, she is on track to get back to where her heart is and take over her life with no one getting in her way. Until she served Aiden Drake one day. Little did she know that her whole life would flip upside down. She believes that she has found her happily ever after, until the darkness of greed comes back to haunt her. Will Hanna get back to her home? Is she being hunted? Will she be betrayed? Will her brother come back? Are there dangers lurking around Hanna that threaten to destroy the bright light that is inside her?
This is a story where location matters. Not necessarily a physical location, but an emotional one. The quote “Home is where the heart is” matches well with this story. To Hanna, home is important, and it is the one place where she felt safe. Losing this home that meant so much to her destroyed her on the inside. This book revolves around home and the place it is. I feel as if I was expecting the description of the place to be immaculate. I felt as if I was missing out in a way because it seemed that we knew what it looked like now, but not the way Hanna knew and loved it. I was waiting for something more.
My favorite part of a story is the characters. I love when a character is written immaculately. The character could make or break a novel. I think that Hanna and Aiden are well written. Their passions and wants seemed to be intertwined. I love the spunky comedic way that they each had when speaking with each other. Hanna was nice and lovely. She made me feel her genuine energy. Aiden has a tougher exterior. I found him intriguing. I tend to find those who give away a tough side but have a softer side later really interesting. Sometimes, it can come off as fake, but I don’t see that with Aiden. They may be the main characters, but they wouldn’t be who they are without the other people that are surrounding them. This book is better as a whole than it is in parts.
For those who are not found of language, violence, or intimate moments, this book has all three, but not an overt amount. When it comes to language, I found that it was used in a way that fit the moment. It is a moment in time where the curse word seems necessary. There was some violence. That was the one part that did have some moments where I felt it encroached on too much to not have a disclaimer. Though one-part sticks out to me, it would be a spoiler to mention it. I wouldn’t say not to read this book if you don’t like violence but prepare yourself for it. I felt a similar way about the intimacy in the book. There are moments of it, but not descriptive enough to be of concern.
My rating: This review was difficult to write because I felt that this book was not a standout. While there were some moments that I loved, most of the book was average. I like Hanna and Aiden, but there was nothing that stood out to me as amazing. My rating for this book is 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t a terrible story. I loved to finish it, but I don’t know if I will read it again. I was not surprised and figured out the ending early on. I feel disappointed. I wanted more. For me, this book is average.
I hope this review helps you in making your next book choice. Happy reading!