My obsession was born of innocence and good intentions, and it began the day I spotted a handwritten journal lying in the bushes outside a townhouse on Lexington Avenue. It was raining sideways that morning, and my intention was to return it the next day; safe and dry.

Only I kept it.

I kept it, and I read it.

A week later, overwhelmed with curiosity and feeling guilty for harboring secrets that didn’t belong to me, I tried to return it.

Only I wasn’t expecting to meet him.

Unapologetically heartless and enigmatically sexy, he claims he knows nothing about the journal I found outside his place, but the reticent glint in his blue-green gaze tells me otherwise.

There’s something different about him; something damaged yet magical, and I’m drawn to him; pulled into his orbit.

There’s just one problem.

The more I get to know him, the more I’m positive the journal belonged to him . . .

. . . and the more I find myself hoping, selfishly, that I’m wrong.

Brooding heroes. Do you love brooding men? I sure do and my god, Ace is the epitome of a tortured and brooding hero. Then there was the way I connected with both Aidy and Ace. It’s one of those things that can’t be explained, except I got this feeling in my heart, this feeling where I couldn’t stop thinking about the book and I was desperately vested. I honestly think it’s got to be the author’s writing style and her ability to bring characters and feelings to life beyond words on the page.

So let’s get back to that delicious brooding hero…Ace is definitley a bit grumpy, but we all knew (hoped) he had a heart of gold underneath his massively manly beardy sexy reserved exterior. He’d just been so terribly hurt and he was still licking his wounds. I have to say, I loved that he wasn’t a manwhore. Say what? I know, I know, I luv me a manwhore. #judgemeitsok But here, his reluctance to have anything to do with any women just showed me how broken he was over both his career and his heart. SWOOOOON.

Then there’s the heroine. Sigh. Aidy was simply awesome. I wanted to be her, I wanted to be her best friend. I loved her. She was spunky without being obnoxious. She was kind, yet knew how to stand up for herself. She was also successful and I loved seeing her business take off in NYC.

Aidy and Ace together had chemistry right from the start. I can admit I hate coincidences almost as much as I hate love triangles (there was no love triangle TG!). However, I had to squeeze my eyes shut and ignore that part. Because, the attraction was there from the beginning and I loved how both of them didn’t recognize it right away, and almost had to mull it over. But once they were curious if the attraction was real, they both were pretty open to spending time together. Then the real love affair started and I could not put my kindle down. Seriously, could. not.

I was so wrapped up in the romance that I kind of forgot about the journal. What a great secondary storyline. It was like a Christmas gift that I wasn’t expecting and it was glorious.

The ending was so fantastic. I felt satisfied, I felt the love. I am sad to say goodbye to Aidy and Ace, but I know I can still catch up on them as we read about the rest of the Amato clan.

Rec this? Holy hell, YES! If you love New Adult romances that are written well, ones with brooding heroes… this is an absolute must must must for your TBR.

Happy reading!

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