Series: Crimson Point #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Crimson Point
Also in this series: Fractured Honor, Buried Lies, Shattered Vows
Also by this author: Fast Kill, Fractured Honor, Fast Fury, Buried Lies, Shattered Vows, Toxic Vengeance, Lethal Edge
She’s been hurt too many times…
Single mom Tiana Fitzgerald has sworn off all romantic relationships to protect herself and her daughter. Her track record is disastrous and she’s done getting hurt. But a certain sexy Scotsman in Crimson Point has other ideas, and somehow manages to sneak past her defenses at every turn. As the hits keep coming and her life implodes, she begins to see he’s unlike any man she’s ever known. Now he’s become the greatest threat to her heart, because there’s no possible future for them. Not when he’s leaving the country in a few weeks. And when her worst fears are realized, she must risk everything by placing her trust in in his hands.
He’s determined to capture her heart.
Scotsman Aidan MacIntyre never saw the fiery, beautiful Tiana coming. The prickly redhead has gotten under his skin as badly as he wants to get under hers. But she’s determined to keep walls between them. Luckily the former Royal Marine doesn’t know how to give up. Someone from her past wants to hurt her, but Aidan will stand between her and any threat. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her and the little girl who have completely stolen his heart—and fight for them to have a future together.
Rocky Ground centers around a single mom that readers have met in previous books. Her daughter is a precocious young girl who stole everyone’s hearts. Tiana, however, is scared and overly protective after what happened (in Fractured Honor). Aiden is interested in Tiana and isn’t going to let her prickly exterior push him away. Aiden has been the flirty foreign friend for the past couple books, so it was great to get his story. I have to say, with him being Scottish, I am interested in listening to the audiobook once it releases!
I think it’s easy for outsiders to judge when they hear stories like what happened to Tiana and Ella. Tiana’s story reminds us all that we can be deceived by the best. Tiana’s difficult life has made her bitter and acerbic at best so seeing Aiden try to get through to her is painful. Aiden has his own issues too-his visa has been denied and he might have to leave Crimson Point. There is a lot going on in the story: Brian’s upcoming trial or deal, Aiden’s visa issues, Ella’s father coming back into the picture after 9 years. Throughout all of it, you feel Tiana’s overwhelming fear. It almost crushes you as a reader because its so tangible.
While this book might not be my favorite in the series, I think it will resonate with many readers. If you want a story that shows a woman’s struggle through some of the most terrifying events a mother faces, Rocky Ground is the book for you.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: single mom
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Ella was nearly molested by Tiana’s exboyfriend, who turns out to be a serial predator « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series (since Ella and Tiana’s story really starts in book 1, I think its important to read at least book 1 first)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with a very sweet epilogue « Hide Spoiler