Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan, November 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary,Romance, Erotica
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the brother that deserves a second chance, and the woman who has always loved him.
Alex Montgomery lost his first love and then proceeded to leave himself in the bottle. Only he and his ex-wife truly know why he fell so hard and so fast down a path he never thought he'd take. Now he's clean, out of rehab, and learning how to be a Montgomery once again--a task that isn't quite as easy as some of his family assumes.
Tabby Collins is an honorary Montgomery and the organizational mastermind behind Montgomery Inc., the family's construction company. She loves her planners, friends, and a certain dark-haired man who's never given her a second glance.
Alex is slowly re-immersing himself back into the world, but the demons he faced before aren't out of the picture, and he'll have to learn to rely on others to make it out whole. When Alex discovers that Tabby's life is in danger, he not only finds a way to help her but also learns the true woman behind the soft smiles he's always seen. Their romance won't be an easy one, but nothing this passionate and heart-pounding ever is.
Not only do we get to hang out with the rest of the Montgomery Clan, we are reintroduced to Alexander who has been struggling through the last few books. He is an alcholic and is coming to terms with being sober, reconnecting with his family, and reconnecting with himself. Most of all though, he is learning to be part of life. Alex had isolated himself from his siblings, parents and friends in order to handle his alcoholism. He has demons he still hasn't confronted, but for now, he's happy putting one foot in front of the other. As a reader, we are seeing a "new" man for all intents and purposes.
However, when Tabby is constantly interrupting his thoughts and showing up throughout his day, he has to use all of his coping strategies to stay in control. I love how he has control over what used to be the triggers in his life, like family and stress. I love how he has made an effort to compartmentalize his life in order to maintain control, but at the same time, I was sad for him that he felt he needed that much control because he's afraid to become addicted to something or someone else. He's vulnerable, which he hates, but at the same time, he's a loveable control freak.
Tabby sees all of this every time she looks at him and loves him anyway. She also sees her own failures in him, which serves only to keep her from allowing herself to be happy with him. She is part of the family already since she's so involved in the business and friends with the Montgomery women, so spending time with Alex is difficult to avoid. Being forced to seek protection from him wasn't her first choice either, but she learns that she can lean on him, while showing him he can also lean on her for emotional support and the physical connection he'd been missing.
They both have to learn to trust each other with their darkest secret in order to move forward, and while their secrets feel debilitating when they face them alone, together they are stronger. Together, they can do anything....even survive their pasts. I cried. I laughed. And I loved the Montgomery family connection that ran throughout the book. Not only are we privy to the lives of those characters we love from the past, we are also given glimpses of the future. Each book gets better and better! Well done!