Author: Tara Thomas
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 27, 2018 | St. Martin’s Press
SHE THOUGHT SHE’D LOST HIM FOREVER
Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.
BUT NOW THAT HE’S BACK IN HER LIFE
Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women,the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.
THE DANGER HAS JUST BEGUN…
When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?
This was my second read by Tara Thomas after the first of the prequel novellas to the Sons of Broad series. Although I didn’t like the novella, this first novel length book of the series was much better. Just as I thought, romantic suspense, at least for me, reads better when it’s longer.
Tilly Brock and Keaton Benedict had been friends when they were both young and their families were close. Then a scandal about Tilly’s father-that he stole money from the Benedicts- caused the two families and the two friends to drift apart. Until one day, when they met again by chance, and while wanting to try to rekindle their friendship and let go of the past, they also have to battle with an unknown enemy to them both.
I did like both Tilly and Keaton. Coming from a very wealthy and powerful family, Keaton didn’t come off as a self centered prick, which is what scares me the most about such characters. And Tilly, as a struggling waitress and student, was not the crying mess her predecessor was. I liked her practical nature.
Perhaps the romance was a bit rushed for my taste, but I’m willing to let that slide for the sake of Tilly and Keaton’s past friendship and obvious crush. The action though, with a shady character named The Gentleman, was interesting. The whys of his actions, and the ongoing mystery surrounding the Benedict family was what attracted me the most in the story.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and looking forward to returning to Charleston to see how the rest of the brothers fare.
Sons of Broad series by Tara Thomas:
- Darkest Night
- Deadly Secret
- Broken Promise