Beneath the lies are emerald eyes.Growing up an only child, Kate Reynolds lived a normal, almost sheltered life. When the unthinkable happens and Kate is left all alone in the world, and set to inherit her parents’ fortune, she discovers the evils that truly exist.
Gavin Loman has a tumultuous past: losing his father at a young age, a mother with a destructive personality, and buried secrets even he does not truly understand the depths of. Striking out on his own, he is finally making a name for himself . . . until a green-eyed girl who haunts his dreams comes crashing into his life.
When hidden truths are unveiled and pasts collide, Gavin must protect those he loves from becoming victims to the terrors of his childhood. However, not everything is as it seems . . .
What would you do if everything you held dear was threatened? When the truth you believed is weaved with lies?
4 stars – an intriguing story full of many twists and turns
Gavin Loman met the girl with the green eyes when he was 8 and she was just 4 years old. This little girl left a lasting impression on him and when he sees those eyes across the room at one of his illegal fights he believes even more that they are destined to be together and he has to have her. Growing up in a very dysfunctional family, where he and his brother were never shown any love, he now has two crazy women in his life – his mother Leeta who spends her life scheming and who I had an uneasy feeling about from the start and his ex-girlfriend Carly. He is however determined that nothing will get in the way of him having a relationship with Kate
Kate Reynolds, adopted by her parents as a baby has lived a sheltered life. Having lost her mother 4 years previously and her father more recently, she is now the heiress to his company and following his funeral makes the decision to attend Berkley and graduate as she knows this is what he would have wanted. Leeta was the wife of her fathers former business partner. She turns up at the funeral, offering Kate a place to stay but I have to say there was something about this woman that seemed too good to be true right from the start which Kate also comes to realise. Getting her own place seemed the best solution but when mysterious letters start being left at her apartment alluding to her past and her adoption, Kate becomes uneasy and starts to question whether her upbringing was as perfect as she believes it to be.
Gavin pursues Kate, determined to make her his. He shows all the typical bad ass alpha male qualities although for me he came over a little too intense and lost his temper at the slightest thing but we did however get plenty of steamy scenes which did not disappoint in any way. Kate was a little gullible and put up with a bit too much from Gavin and I wanted to bang their heads together on more than one occasion but what comes through is his love for her and his need to protect her no matter what.
This story had me drawn in from the start. There was plenty of intrigue which left me invested in the characters and determined to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and solve the mystery. This is the first book I have read of Riann’s and I enjoyed the pace in which it moves and the way it kept me waiting and waiting till the end for all the pieces to fall into place. There is a cliff hanger at the end so be warned but I will be waiting not so patiently for the next instalment in this story.
Riann C. Miller is a native of the mid-west where she lives with her husband and two children. Riann has a serious love (maybe even addiction) to reading and a serious passion for romance. Her first release Unlikely Love release September 2015.