Released: February 28, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: “What’s the one thing you can’t go without?”
Tristan O'Donnell has money, women, and all the luxuries that cold hard cash can buy. Tristan's been sucking sunshine right from the monogrammed silver spoon his life was served up on since the day he was born. And quite frankly, he wouldn't want it any other way. He's his mother's pride and joy, his father's right-hand-man, and the envy of every guy around. All Tristan has to do is flash his million dollar smile, give his trademark wink, and he gets what he wants, when he wants, anytime he wants.
Leah Franchetti grinds her fingers to the bone; sculpting, painting, recreating treasures from trash—the very sentiment that defines her life. Her inventive, vindictive, lucrative, and seemingly unforgivable plan allowed her to shortcut her way into the life she always imagined, owning an art gallery, surrounding herself in the comfort of her passion and dreams.
Can Tristan overcome Leah’s slander and deception—despite how dangerously close he comes to losing the one thing he can’t go without—money? Will Leah be forced to come clean, knowing she’ll have to live her life with the one thing she can’t go without—her dignity?
We briefly meet Leah and Tristan at the end of the first Oasis Waterfall book, Can’t Go Home, however you don’t necessarily need to read it to enjoy this second book.
Leah Franchetti has had some tough times in life. Not knowing how to deal with her mother at a young age, she ventured down a self-destructive path giving up art in lieu of drugs and alcohol. After finding her way back, she put herself through college and graduate school. Even though she cleaned up her act, she was weak and hurt after spending a night with Tristan O’Donnell only to discover she was just like all of his other one night stands. To get back at him she claimed rape and assault and was paid off by his father, enough to start her own art gallery.
Tristan is the quintessential rich playboy. He has more money than he knows to do with, treats women like objects, and acts above everyone else. He’s actually quite a despicable guy. He seems to enjoy bedding women who are taken just to prove he can and that all women will cheat. He knows that no one will defy him just because of his name and his money.
The first few chapters I kept thinking “why am I reading this?” Tristan is just a disgusting excuse for a man. He likes only his pleasure and no one else’s. He’s probably one of the most narcissistic characters I read. He’s not even really an alpha male, just seemingly possesses no ability to care for anyone but himself. It’s okay though just keep reading, the journey is so worth the ending.
This book is truly set up like a journey. It’s composed of three parts: Ghosts of Scandals past, present, and future. I really enjoyed this because you get to see where Leah and Tristan are three years after the incident, the night of the incident, and where they end up.
Throughout Leah has always maintained a generally good heart, even with the few loathsome acts. She knows what she did was wrong and continues to apologize and try to find a way of redemption. Her transformation is more an internal change of how she can start to live and put the past behind her. On the other hand, Tristan’s revolution is more extraordinary. He has to come to grips with his past and family and learn to outwardly expose the better man than few have been allowed to see.
Before reading, I always try to get an idea from beta readers of their impressions to see if I’ll enjoy the book. I kept seeing how most thought the first in the series was great and the second blew them away. I just couldn’t understand it especially after getting a few chapters in. They were right! This is a fantastic story. It’s filled with all the elements we love; a feisty damsel in distress, a villain who turns out to be a hero. It’s truly an amazing love story.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.