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I don’t remember a time I didn’t love Crenshaw Bennett.
I tried to deny it, but my feelings grew deeper.
I thought he could never love me the way I love him.
I was wrong—outrageously, deliriously, and beautifully wrong.
One innocent kiss changes my life forever.
Suddenly, Shaw is mine.
Loyal, devoted, and the most loving man on this Earth.
Together, we create an explosion of fiery passion, devotion, and chemistry I never knew was possible.
All of my dreams are within reach, but I should have known it was too good to be true.
The past always catches up to you, and I’m left staring at my worst nightmare.
Faced with the unthinkable, I am forced to choose between the man I love and a past I cannot change.
Shaw’s fighting like hell to prove we can have it all, but can I find the strength to be the woman he needs?
There’s not an Ahren Sanders’ book that doesn’t emotionally tear me apart and then ever so slowly put me back together again, making the heartache worth it in the end because the hero and heroine showed they had what it takes to be together.
But I have to admit that the angst in Hotshot KILLED me; I’m not sure if it’s the mood I’m in with my overactive emotions due to real life issues, but, I didn’t know if I could handle all of the ups and downs of Shaw and Bizzy’s relationship. With that being said – it was an emotional situation and that is definitely conveyed through everything that happens to the couple. Shaw was going to mess up and need time to figure everything out, and Bizzy, due to her past, was going to need to figure out how to react and deal with the string of events that turn her life upside down.
Lizabeth “Bizzy” Hastings is incredibly easy to love; she’s a sassy girl who knows how to hold her own despite all that she’s had to endure since she was young. She loves with every piece of herself, and she gives all of herself to everyone who becomes a member of her family and friends. But there’s also a softer side to Bizzy; a part of her that can be irreparably damaged if care is not taken, and this part of her is exposed and made vulnerable when she finally gets the man she’s always wanted and then has to share him with circumstances that are out of her control.
Readers are definitely going to have issues with Shaw; he makes decisions and acts without much thought, which leads to monumental obstacles for him and Bizzy. But what readers need to remember is that his choices before Bizzy had nothing to do with her, so in terms of what started all of the chaos that is brought into his and Bizzy’s relationship, there isn’t anything to forgive him for because it was done before he pursued his heart. His actions during the maelstrom that Sasha brings into his life with Bizzy will have readers hesitant to forgive him, but Ahren Sanders does a great job of exploring all of Shaw’s fears and concerns through his internal and external dialogue, which is what helped me see past those times when my frustrations towards Shaw made me want to throttle him.
One of the best aspects of Hotshot is the family dynamics between the Bennett brothers and Bizzy. Bizzy’s bond with Nicky is where it all began, and their friendship has grown into something that is everlasting. But all of the brothers share a special bond with her and they all would fight for her in a heartbeat and that idea is clearly shown time and time again as Bizzy has to deal with her past colliding with her present and the fallout of what that means for all of them.
Hotshot is another great read by Ahren Sanders. It’s a story with a whole lot of heart, steam, and drama that is realistically portrayed in order to show the true meaning of love at its many levels, and I’m hoping Sanders will continue with the Bennett brothers because I would love to read Nick’s story!
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Poison Apples
Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.
Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life.