Black Roses by Samantha Christy
Series: The Mitchell Sisters #3
Also in this series: White Lilies
Published by Athena Books Publishing Group on March 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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April 25th was the day I was born.
It was also the day I died.
Blood was still rushing through my veins. Oxygen was still saturating my cells. But for all intents and purposes, I ceased to be among the living.
Going back to New York for my sister’s wedding was a mistake, but I made her a promise.
It would be a quick trip. Show up, say the right words, then I’d be gone. This time for good.
I didn’t think anyone could understand what was taken from me that fateful day.
Not until I met him.
I threw a football in front of eighty thousand people.
Mingling with the rich and famous was just another part of my job.
Nothing made me nervous.
Not until she walked off that plane and into my life.
She was broken. Shattered by some event she kept hidden under lock and key.
The clues on her body failed to reveal her secrets—unlike the clues on my body that clearly publicized mine.
The clock was ticking, giving me only a few short months to uncover the true meaning of the flower branded into her flesh.
Because if she got back on that plane, I knew it would be forever.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Boy, can Ms. Christy plot up drama! After absolutely loving White Lilies I was sure I’d enjoy the next Mitchell sister story, Black Roses. I was also sure there was no way it could be as drama filled as its predecessor. Clearly I was wrong, so if you usually get emotional with books you might want to have your box of Kleenex at hand.
Now let me start by telling you, in the beginning I was not a fan of Piper’s… well, that might be putting it lightly, I pretty much hated her guts. From her very first encounter with Mason (who is the best thing since Guacamole was invented) she was a complete and utter bitch for no apparent reason. I even made a comment to my girls while I was reading stating that while she clearly had some traumatic event in her past, there was no way that could make up for the way she acted toward Mason. He was nothing but sweet to her… ok, maybe at first he was a bit of an ass, but it was totally acceptable after the way Piper treated him.
Piper wasn’t open to romantic relationships, or any relationships at all. She had even distanced herself from her sisters and family for the last 5 years, going as far as leaving the country and only coming back for a couple of days occasionally. There where clues here and there to the extent of her traumatic past, and I can’t say if it’s that obvious or I was particularly perceptive, but I caught on fairly early as to what happened, and while it did soften me up to her it still never completely made up for her attitude in the beginning.
Fortunately for her, Mason was weirdly compelled to win her over by making her the second most important girl in his life. You see, Mason has a two-year-old baby girl who he was the sweetest, loveliest most caring Daddy ever to. Give me a single dad who is all tender to his kids and I’ll melt into a puddle of goo in a nano-second. Good thing Piper also felt an inexplicable attraction to Mason, which led her to start opening up to him, little by little.
Both Mason and Piper had suffered great losses in their past and these shared experiences, while not similar, made them understand each other perfectly.
I can’t say I would’ve chosen Piper as the perfect match for Mason; I’m sure you can tell I really, really liked him; but he was set on her being his one and only so he fought for her with his all; making him one of my favorites Hs of the year.
“I’m in love with her. I’m sure of it. And as soon as I can I’m going to tell her […] I’m in this for the long haul. No matter what it takes. I’m talking marriage, kids, side-by-side burial plots. The whole nine yards.”
Piper’s ordeal was truly horrible, and I’ll spoiler this because it is a trigger for some View Spoiler » she was drugged during a party when she was 16 and gang-raped « Hide Spoiler but I felt it was well handled as it was not a torturous thing to read.
There was a bit of suspense along with the drama regarding Piper’s past, crazy ex’s, a girl who runs (metaphorically and literally) and even some hot and steamy moments. Seeing how all you need is love to be a family, regardless of who you are related to, was another great thing about this story, but still for me, Mason completely stole the show:
“I show her I love every part of her, even those parts she thinks are damaged.
I have damaged parts too. Maybe together, if we add up all of our good parts, we can make one whole unblemished person”
Getting to see the other two couples, their babies and the epilogue, well, that was just the icing in a very gripping and (in the end) unforgettable love story of healing and self-growth.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 Mason-I-♥-U Stars.
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