Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
Published by Self-published on April 6, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A standalone companion novel to the International Bestseller, CRAZY GOOD. Releasing April 9, 2015
There is something all too vague about second chances. What happens when your utterly perfect, first chance never really ends? What if it’s stolen?
Bull-nosed attorney Morganna Sterns knows what she wants. Self assured, powerful, and independent, she finds herself struggling to find balance between honoring what has been stolen, and deciding if her second chance is going to end just as tragically.
Steven Warner is a Navy SEAL with nothing to lose. His overt humor and charm paired with his lethal skill set make him a perfect catch--for the right type of woman. His world is littered with relationships, but only one stands the test of time. Competing with a ghost is hard. Especially when that ghost is a teammate: his brother at arms.
It’s not, “it is what it is.” It’s what you make it. What you, and only you decide it should be. Navy SEALs never make the same mistake twice.
*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*
Morganna Stone’s story was always going to be a tough one to tell. She’s a strong and determined character not to be messed with. She is adored by the brotherhood of SEALs and is a frequent guest speaker at their events. Emotionally hanging on by a thread, she maintains a steel outer shell of control, always the professional business woman and to the outside world she is a pillar of strength. Surrounded by the tight-knit Naval community, she continues her work as a divorce lawyer and manages to do so rather well with the assistance of her flamboyant assistant, Phillipe.
Now this is the time if you haven’t read Crazy Good, you stop reading this review and consider reading that book first. Crazy Good was one of my favourite books in 2014 and although I rated Set in Stone 3.5 Stars, it was neither due to the characters nor their story. The flashbacks to the past frustrated and took away from the beauty of the story unfolding. Morganna’s situation is crystal clear if you’ve read Crazy Good and, in my opinion, didn’t need to be rehashed to the extent it was.
Granted, I feared her daddy’s shotgun, but I feared losing her friendship more.
Steve Warner, an old friend from her hometown, is a constant source of strength in Morganna’s life and having him around so much allowed for his character to be seen in a new light. Previously he has been portrayed as a man-whore, making the most of the frog hogs, a term I wasn’t familiar with until I read this series. Like all players, it takes one moment of clarity to bring them back to reality. Like Morganna, his life is structured to the nth degree. Right down to the women in his life and the implicit condition that they are one of a few and commitment isn’t an option.
Moving from the friend-zone to more is the challenge Steve faces and the hurt Morganna has experienced means the risks of failing are high. Getting to know both Morganna and Steve made this book for me and even though I haven’t rated it as highly as the first and third book in this series, I am glad I read it.
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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