How far would you go to set yourself free?
Drake Blackwell is successful, controlling, and hiding a violent family past. He just made his latest investment: Noriko.
Imported from Japan, alone, and wed to a stranger, Noriko struggles to stick to the Rules of a Good Wife. Drake can’t seem to love her, not the way she wants to be loved. She dreams of freedom beyond the gates of Blackwell Manor.
She meets Keir, a passionate young gardener who shares her desire to break free. He gets under her skin and ignites a fire in her she has never felt before. In the midst of her quiet desperation she thinks she has found happiness. And a glimpse of hope.
But this affair can't last...can it?
Although part of a series, this is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger.
WARNING: For ages +18. There are scenes in this novel that infer or allude to physical violence.
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About the Author:
Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things, and choose love above everything.
Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland - everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She's planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.
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HOOKED from the start! This is the first book I have read of Hanna Peach and I just love her writing. It flows perfectly keeping the reader wanting more and more. I felt like I was there with Keir and Noriko through their love triangle. The passion that drips off these two characters is just unbelievable. It is an emotional roller coaster, one minute you are feeling sadness for Noriko, rage against Drake and passion when Keir gets involved. I am totally team Keir. I usually don't find myself falling so hard for a character but I couldn't help falling for Keir. Noriko's character is so complex, the author has you really getting into Noriko's head while following this story. I didn't think the turn of events would happen, I can't tell you but you really really need to read this book. It is a look into mail order brides and also a passionate love story between two people that shouldn't fall in love. There are some negative scenes in this story as their are abusive, physically & emotionally but then there are some very hot sex scenes. This is NOT a clean romance at all.
I powered through this book as I couldn't put it down. When I had to I was dying to pick it up and get back into the story. I was so very sad to see this come to an end but happy that the story isn't quite over yet. There is more....
I give this book a 5 out of 5, can I give it a 6 out of 5? This has been by far my favorite romance novel and I can't wait to read on.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~