Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.
Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long.
With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?
Kricket's Chirps : 5 out of 5
The book definitely starts on a high note, one that will knock your socks off and leave you blushing. And after such a pivotal scene, you wonder "WTF man?".
M.R. Joseph to me means humor, passion, and heartbreak. With everyone of her stories she has had me blushing, laughing, crying and even feeling a bit embarrassed for the characters at some points in time. For this reason, Giving In was highly anticipated for me. And I was not disappointed. Harlow and Cruz challenge each other. Opposites attract. I remember being asked, who wants a jelly on jelly sandwich when you can have peanut butter and jelly? That's what these two are for me. Harlow's personality is sweet with a bit of tart, Cruz is a crunchy peanut butter...he sticks with you, is overall smooth, but there are moments when you either chew or choke.
One of the things that I loved about this was that they didn't just fall into a relationship with each other. It took time. They won each other over, became friends dependent on each other, and really didn't even know themselves when they fell in love. Harlow is there for Cruz when he needs her, when he reveals that deep down he's a nervous little boy, despite his tough, womanizing exterior. And Cruz treats her so well, supporting her independence and spoiling her in equal measure.
Then there is the trademark in all Joseph's stories...the heartbreak. I kept waiting for it. I thought maybe if I was prepared for it, I might avoid the ugly crying. There were so many moments of trial for this couple, and every time I thought I had it figured out, they breezed through it. Well, not exactly breezed through it, but it could have been so much worse. And then it was. I was absolutely wrecked. And she did it in three words. That's all it took.
But despite those three words, she ended the book on such a beautiful note, even though it's a cliffhanger. I was instantly left waiting for the second in the series. This book only solidified why I adore this author.
About the Author
I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books has brought me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series, 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. You Belong With Me & Letters To Luca. Even though a series, each book is a stand alone giving you different stories about reunions. My new series which will be a continuation series called 'The Sandy Cove Series' will release in March 2014. The first book is entitled 'Giving In'. I'm still an avid reader and huge Indie Author supporter! Here's where you can find my books: