What if surviving a murder attempt, a heartbreak, and the loss of the family business wasn’t the hardest thing you ever faced?
Carol is the sole heir to a broken empire, Ricardo the newest celebrity in the rock world.
When they came together, their fire blazed. When their past caught up, they were left burned, scorched to the ground.
When a psychopath decides it’s payback time, Carol is faced with an impossible choice – save her son or sell her life.
Ricardo wants nothing to do with the woman who played him for a fool, but finds himself moored by circumstances, half truths, and memories of the past.
They say time can heal anything. So far, time’s brought nothing but complications.
This book is in Rio. This book beings kinda creepy with a stalker watching a lady named Maria. They kidnapped a kid she was watching. Then the book jumps to four years earlier in London. RJ Santos is a rockstar, and I’m still trying to get a read on him and what he has to do with the beginning of this book.
Jumping to Carol, she is flying home to Rio to take over her family’s failing business. We jump back to the present day with Carol. Carol is working her dream job with advertising and working with a man named Marco.
We jump back to RJ in London four years earlier. In this book, I am jumping around so much I have no idea what characters have to do with what. I kinda wish it would give us the main characters and the current or past all at once. We’re back in the airport with RJ and Carol, waiting for their flight. Something about Carol and a marriage contract to win a case against her family business.
Present-day in Rio. Carol gets a letter about her kidnapped son a random note and calls Maria to confirm. Then we jump back again in time to the airport. The suspense is killing me, and also, why can’t the story stay at a one-time point. It is nice to see Carol gets a backbone, and I wonder how her choices four years ago affect her circumstance present day.
This book does get more strange as it goes. This time we jump to San Paulo present-day with Josh Santos, the older brother to RJ from the airport. With all the jumping back and forth, we only get pieces of this story at a time, and some of it is repeated.
This story gets more twisted about halfway through, but getting there is kind of slow, with the bouncing back and forth. The characters and the interconnections are definitely suspenseful. I have to honestly say I am struggling to read thru this story. It is very twisted, has very dark themes, and is kinda a disoriented story. We get more answers to answer the suspense, and both Ricardo and Carol have a significant miscommunication issue.
Okay, once I got to the end of the book, and all the mystery and suspense were solved, I understood the reasons for the jumping back and forth in the timeline. The author did involve more characters. Sometimes, things were from their perspective and applied to solving the mystery behind the main storyline. This book definitely fell under romantic suspense, with each piece bringing you closer to the end of the story. This story was dark, tragic, and heartbreaking. I like the groveling food and twinges of humor in the tale among the jumps backs and sad moments. However, Carol and RJ finally get a happy ending which was quite surprising to find out who was behind all the problems.
I really struggled with this book trying to decipher who was essential to the main plot and who wasn’t as each character was presented in the past or present. There were a lot of names in this; who did it? It took me most of the book to piece it together; the twist was surprising when I did.
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