Book 3 of the DreamMakers. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors VIVIAN AREND and ELLE KENNEDY.
He wants to rock her world—in bed and out of it
For former Army Ranger Dean Colter, sexual escapades and wild flirtations are the norm—but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, the DreamMakers co-owner was a one-woman kind of guy until he tore Emma Lee’s heart apart. Yet he’s never forgotten her, and when Emma waltzes back into his life, a second chance is suddenly within his reach…and he’ll be damned if he’ll screw up again.
She wants her world to stop spinning apart
Emma’s no longer the naïve girl she used to be. Now a successful designer in the fashion world, she refuses to let Dean’s killer smile and sweet-talking ways distract her from her goals. But being the target of Dean’s full-out seduction isn’t easy to resist, even as the dynasty she’s built teeters toward disaster. This time she might the one who breaks both their hearts when she has to walk away.
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Vivian Arend
Second chance at love stories are not typically my thing. I tend to find them too angsty and end up wanting to smack the H/h because even when they say they are over whatever it was that happened in their pasts, they really aren’t and they constantly allow it to get in the way of forgiving and learning about who they are now, but thank the muses who were whispering in the ears of these wonderful author goddesses that didn’t happen here. Doubts surface, but neither character knowingly sabotages the new relationship that is forming. Instead we get two adults, who admittedly have a couple moments of silliness, who actually put the past in the past and work to move on.
Dean and Emma both pleasantly surprised me. Dean has been the manwhore, as per Suz, of the Bay area but in this book we finally get to learn more about his past and see the sweet side to the man who can charm the panties off any woman. Emma, despite a little phobia she has, was a fun character to read. She’s intelligent, strong and sweet with a few surprises up her sleeve. With this being a second chance romance and it being in the middle between a novella and a novel in length, things move at a fast pace but the main points of their relationship are addressed and the connection between Dean and Emma is apparent and the chemistry is hot! So as far as the HEA couple and their story, they get 4 feathers.
The remaining 1 feather comes from two other aspects:
.5 is for the writing in general. I’m a huge fan of the authors clean, no muss no fuss style of writing. They give the reader a good story without adding unnecessary fluff to take up space. The other .5 goes directly to Gillian aka Hot Shot. I LOVE her and she is now on my girl crush list. Her first appearance in the story is awesome but the last time we see her in action was just brilliant and I can’t wait to see what is in store next for her.
Overall: Don’t Walk Away is a fun, quick, smexy read that was highly enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for the DreamMakers team
~ ARC generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review ~
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.
A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!