Small-town overachiever Riley Banks has finally scored her big break—working in Manhattan as a fashion design assistant for her childhood crush, Josh Braden. She enters her new job hoping to make a name for herself and—just maybe—explore the romance that slipped through her fingers way back when.
Josh Braden has models at his beck and call, a staff that never says never, and an elegant clothing line for the holiday season. When he hires Riley Banks, he expects her to learn the business from the ground up. But the girl next door turns out to be much more than he remembered.
Josh and Riley’s friendship heats up. Every steamy kiss and every erotic caress stirs a love they cannot deny. But when Riley designs a wedding gown that would cause even the most jaded fashion editors to swoon, Riley’s mentor accuses her of stealing the design.
Facing indisputable proof and the mistrust of her lover, Riley is not sure she can take the heat of life in the fast lane of the fashion industry—and Josh is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the career he adores.
I literally had to stop and remind myself that Josh and Riley were not real because I attempted to look them up online to see the pictures of them that the paparazzi took. Melissa is an amazing writer that takes you into the worlds of her characters. The Bradens are as real to me as other “celebrity” couples are. The love that blooms between Riley and Josh is so realistic that you cheer them on from page one and will fight for them every step of the way. Riley’s insecurities about living in a new place and missing her best friend and hometown are so true and your heart goes out to her.
I can’t say this enough: READ THIS SERIES!!!
Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town.
After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.
Despite the angry family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, and attitudes follow. Fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love stirs a surge of passion too strong for either to deny—and the rebel in each of them rears its powerful head. Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained. Rex and Jade are about to find out if true love really can conquer all.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. A family feud that has lasted over a decade has kept Rex Braden and Jade Johnson form even speaking with each other but when the sparks begin to fly between them, they are unable to stay apart. This forbidden romance is hot and they are trying to keep it a secret from their parents but they are finding it too difficult. Sexy Rexy is one undeniably sexy cowboy and Jade is the love of his life. Will they be able to bring their feuding families together so that they can live in happiness and peace?
Not only is this book a romantic read, but it touches on a love that has surpassed even death. Beautifully written!
This is the second book in the Outlaw series.It tells the story of 13-year-old Alice Ringwald who is abducted by a strange man causing a frantic FBI manhunt.
My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that’s a lie.”
Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she’s creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it’s possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.
Review: I really enjoyed the fast pace of this book. It was quite an interesting read but at times, some of the characters were a bit disturbing and cult-like. I wouldn’t let it turn you off to it though. Ted Dekker is a great story teller. I give this book 4 crowns.