By: Rachel Robinson
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
The BookWhisperer's Rating:
Several men did Navy SEAL Cody Ridge DIRTY.
Not only did they take his career and his fiancée, they stole everything but his life, and he barely escaped with that.
Cody is back.
As the boss of Ridge Contracting, his life is a blur of adrenaline and endless hours of work. Thriving and successful, he has never forgotten what was taken or who is to blame. His scars run as deep as the hatred in his heart.
Everything Cody lost will be his again. At any cost.
Lainey Rosemont can decorate anything. Your drab bedroom? She’s got it. A rundown shack in the middle of N.Y.C.? Lainey is the woman for the job. Unfortunately her past love life isn’t something she can Feng shui.
She has moved on from her relationship with Cody. It was over--literally buried in the ground. When he comes spiraling back into her life she’s not sure where their limits lie. With her nuptials to the swoony, heartthrob, Navy SEAL, Dax Redding fast approaching Lainey has decisions to make and a past of sinister secrets to confront.
Time changes everything and space apart turns lovers into strangers.
The only thing standing between happily ever after and fate is revenge.
I don’t even know where to begin this time. The first page, the first freaking page, I ran across this and I soared because of its beauty.
“If you were to crack apart any of my two hundred and six bones, you’d find her. That’s how deeply she’s rooted inside. She’s hidden away, tucked neatly in a place where not even time can touch her.”
Imagine a love that is so deep that it would be forever with you until long after your death. That is how Cody and Lainey’s love exists. Both love with a love that is unbeatable but it happens, it breaks, and after time, Lainey moves on until Cody comes backs.
Cody is captured during a mission and is declared dead. Lainey mourns for three years before she accepts a fellow Navy SEALs, Dax, proposal for marriage. Dax helps mend Lainey’s heart after the supposed death of Cody. Then Cody is rescued and brought home and into Lainey’s life again.
Lainey: “He (Dax) saved me, but you (Cody) own me.”
There are a million wonderful things about this story - first, Cody and Lainey’s love for one another. It is so vibrant that it leaks from the pages. As a reader, you know nothing can top their love; no one will ever be what they are to each other. They are two halves of a whole and can read each other like a book. After time apart, they fall back into the same Cody/Lainey routine effortlessly. Their true backgrounds are intriguing and the whole story line kept me glued to the pages.
I will say that there were a few things that I had a hard time swallowing. Robinson wrote some beautiful, elegant quotes in this book that really stuck in my mind and heart. I used a few in this review. However, there were times that the elegance was lost in my perspective. Cody and Lainey’s internal monologues were sophisticated but there were times, when they were together, it turned into a mix of raunchy dirty talk and it felt like they were two new and different characters than the ones that I was used to.
I also felt that Dax should have known from the start that when he proposed to Lainey that meeting with Cody was okay, that it wasn’t going to bode well for him. No matter how much he thought Lainey was in love with him, he should have known that if he watched her mourn for three years over Cody’s death and helped picked her back up on her feet that Cody would have her heart no matter what. Cody and Fast Lane have Time and Space and you can’t beat that.
“Broken hearts never truly heal, they mend, beat a little differently, forever after.”