Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Revenge, Romance, Second Chances, Suspense
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A fairytale city. A forbidden love. A fate doomed from the start.
Faith Morrissey is overdue for an adventure. After twenty years in the same small town, she sets out on a year-long study abroad trip, fully expecting to fall in love with the wonders of Budapest. She certainlydoesn’t expect to fall for Wes, the mysterious stranger who sweeps her off her feet mere days after her arrival. It seems almost too good to be true…
Probably because it’s all a lie.
Weston Abbott is a ghost. In service to his country, he’s done unspeakable things – the kind of things that make settling down or falling in love out of the question. That’s never been a problem… until he meets Faith. No matter how many times Wes tells himself she’s just a mark, he can’t deny she rattles his composure like no one else. And he can’t seem to shake the forbidden feelings that stir to life whenever he’s with her.
Wes knows better than anyone: the line separating fact from fiction is almost as fine as the one between love and hate. And, if the truth comes out, it may erase their love along with all the lies…
So I was first introduced to Julie Johnson when I read her book, Say the Word, which is one of my absolute favorite books, and if you haven’t read it yet, then you should go buy it right now and go read it. I was so excited to read this next book of Julie’s especially because it had one of the characters from my favorite book in this one as a lead character. I have to say I was not disappointed at all, this book is an awesome second book.
So there are two things I really love about Julie’s writing and these books, one I love her writing style and the suspense that she weaves into the romance, and two I love that both of these books involved two people who had some kind of history together. I love second chance love stories, I really love reading characters who have an in depth past with complex emotions surrounding them. Don’t get me wrong I love reading love stories where the people meet for the first time in the book, but there is something so special about reading characters who already have complex emotions and delving into their pasts to find out why they feel a certain way about each other. This book takes you through their first meeting and then years later when they met again, both of which were greatly written (but truth be told I loved part one).
So when the book starts Faith is a young girl studying in Budapest, which by the way is something I wish I could do, and she is living life exploring the city and just enjoying life. I loved Faith, she’s so independent and curious about the world. Part of what I liked about her was that she read like someone I could have known. Faith evolves so much from part one to part two (I want to explain why but I really don’t want to spoil it for you), but the same woman is so different over just a few short years. Her evolution is so much fun to read.
Wes, is such a jaded guy, and he meets Faith through his job pretty much. Wes is a CIA guy, and he is seriously interested in the people who are employing Faith, so he starts to get close to her. Their whole relationship is very interesting, and they do have some pretty awesome chemistry together. I also really love how different their relationship is in part one and part two, but at the same time they are just as interesting to read together in either part.
I do want to mention how great Julie is at painting a picture, especially when they were in Budapest. Sometimes when I read a book that doesn’t take place in a modern US city I have a hard time picturing the scene in my head, but Julie did a fantastic job painting a picture, so I had no idea picture the characters in various parts of a city I have never been in. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romantic suspense book, I think you will love the writing in this book as much as I did.