Genres: College, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Erotica, Love Triangle, Romance, Second Chances
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Their love led to a lie
Their truth led to the end
Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he's finally moving forward, getting a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and a new life in the city. Slowly, but surely, he's pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.
Until he sees her.
Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she'd die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she's in London, she's ready to start again.
Until she sees him.
Because some loves are too dangerous to ever indulge.
And some loves are far too powerful to ignore.
Their love just might be the life and the death of them.
Full disclosure, I am 100% obsessed with Karina Halle, she’s written one of my all time favorite books so every time I see that she has a new book out, I always jump at the chance to read it. I’ve never been a huge fan of the whole teacher/student dynamic, but given who the author was I decided to go ahead and give this one a go. I am so glad I did, this book was everything I could have wanted in a book.
So this is the sometimes incredibly painful, although sometimes incredibly wonderful relationship between Brigs and Natasha. So when the story starts and we meet our main characters, they are both in the process of getting their lives back together. Natasha is back at school trying for her graduate degree after taking a long break from, well, life. And Brigs is finally picking himself up off the ground and trying to move beyond his grief by getting into some kind of normal routine, eating regularly, going to work, working out, and basically just going through the movements. You see once upon a time Natasha and Brigs met and fell in love with each other only Brigs was married, and then the unthinkable happened, a car accident claimed the life of both his wife and his son. The result of the death was basically that these two people basically imploded and their relationship never stood a chance of living through the fallout.
I liked both of the characters in this book, they are both flawed, but very relatable. I know a lot of people hate books with adultery in them, but I think ignoring something that happens in real life is silly, and I really thought that Karina did a fantastic job of dealing with the subject matter. I have to admit that there were parts of this book that were seriously heartbreaking, I wanted to cry from reading and experiencing some of the pain that the characters were going through. It wasn’t easy for them when they finally ran into each other, especially since he was a teacher at her college (not her teacher though). These two seemed to feel like they didn’t deserve to be with each other, but at the same time they are the only people who make the other feel alive. You just can’t help wishing for these two to get a happy ending.
There are also some really great flashback scenes that help paint the picture of what life was life before. There are some secondary characters in this book that make the book even more interesting, seriously Natasha’s roommate, man did she make things interesting… I mean some of the thing that she would say just had me saying “what?!?” under my breath. While it was clear the love was in the air with these two, the lust was also there as well, and they did have some really great hot scenes together.
Basically this book has everything I could have wanted in a book, great love scenes, serious emotional depth, and two characters I just really bonded with and wanted to keep reading. As always I love Karina’s writing, and I highly recommend this book to just about anyone who loves romances.