Cole by J.B. Hartnett
Series: The Leaves #2
Also in this series: Inky
Published by Self-published on September 14, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.
Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.
Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame. Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.
Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.
Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.
This is the third book I have read from this author and I am very impressed with her work. She takes her characters from the lowest of lows and brings them to joy and happiness which leaves you with a huge smile on your face.
The story begins with Anika in a very intense and horrible situation and Cole worried that he will never see her again. He brings his family and friends together to try and get her back safely.
One of my favourite parts of this book was the relationship that developed between Cole and his father. In Inky, Cole’s father was an absolute jerk and we hear the most horrible and atrocious things about him. This story sees him in a completely different light. The forgiveness and bond that forms was touching, but it was also nice to see Cole’s Mum get her HEA sorted as well.
Lots of anguish and suffering for this couple to overcome, but we see them work through their problems together. They have always had a sizzling connection, but their communication with each other made them a much stronger couple.
As a funny side note…through the whole of this story I was picturing Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan playing these characters. I have not seen 50 shades of Grey, but the characters make a joke out of Cole wearing the loose, low slung jeans like a certain character and boom that is all I can picture for the rest of the book.
Really, really enjoyed this book, but I did remove 1 star because at the 30% mark I felt it lost a bit of steam and dragged a bit.
I am now a fan of this author and have already bought Nico’s book. Keep them coming Ms Hartnett.
Rating: 4 Stars
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