REVIEW – LOVING AMBER by Roya Carmen

 

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SYNOPSIS:

Torn by tragedy. Reunited by love.

Two years ago, I lost my husband and my brother to the same tragedy. To this day, I hold only one person responsible—Aiden Rogers, the beautiful boy I’ve known forever, the misfit I’ve both loved and hated, the one who always got to me. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one to blame.

Now he wants to be part of my life again—when I can finally see a future for my son and myself. I’ve found the perfect man in David, someone I can start over with, a man who will be the perfect father figure for Trevor. I have a plan. At last, I see the light, and I know I can make this work.

I will not let Aiden Rogers drag me back into the darkness.

Author’s note: contains sexual scenes and some coarse language.

This is the first book of the Riverstone Estate Series and can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

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The Riverstone Series: A beautiful estate. Three unforgettable love stories.

Following the sudden passing of their father, Amber, Ruby, and Flynn Riverstone inherit the family estate and find themselves facing new challenges, growing closer, and discovering love along the way.

*****Dee’s Review*****

3.5 Sweet Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

A very sweet and heartwarming friends to lovers story brought to us by the pen of the talented Roya Carmen. I love it when an author tries something completely different, and RC pleasantly surprised me with this new book.

Relatable characters, a gorgeous setting, and a sweet romantic story.

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Amber lost her husband and twin brother two years ago in a terrible car accident. She blames Aiden, her childhood nemesis for the accident. They all grew up together, a group of four boys and her, the only girl, a band of misfits, they used to call themselves.

They grew up running around the farm, riding horses and climbing trees. When they got older Amber and Paul got together and later married. Aidan had always loved Amber, only he would get her attention by teasing her when they were kids. These two were always fighting.
When Amber married his best friend, it was too much for Aiden to bear, so he left town with the mission to forget about his love for her.

Amber and Aiden always had feelings for each other but the timing was never right, and now tragedy has pushed them further apart.

Years later, and after the accident, Aiden still loves Amber and her son Trevor, he misses them, and wants back into their lives, but Amber has other plans. She wants someone plain and uncomplicated, after losing so much, she’s ready to settle down for someone who will give her peace, and being around Aiden wrecks havoc, and she wants none of that.

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David is a nice friend back from college, he’s nice and good looking enough, but why is it that every time Amber is with him, she’s only thinking about Aiden? How long can she keep her feelings for him at bay?

Amber is very scared, she’s lost so much and is eager to simply live an uneventful life. Aiden is messy, sexy, passionate and he’s always wanted Amber. A forbidden love and painful secrets have prevented him from moving on with his life, for him, everything starts and ends with Amber.

It won’t be an easy road for these two friends to trust each other again and start fresh. The attraction between them is too strong to ignore. Will they be able to forgive and forget?

This is the first book in this very promising series. The next book is about Amber’s sister, Ruby. She was a spitfire of a character and I can’t wait to read her journey into love.

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****3.75 STARS*****
{ARC Provided by Author}

She’s still Paul’s girl—even if he’s been gone for over two years now. She’s still his. Making a move on her would be a betrayal to him.
But God, every single time I look at her, I want to touch her.

 

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Loving Amber is a friends-to-lovers story that begins with a devastating loss. Amber Riverstone and Aiden Rogers have been friends since their early childhood days. Aiden was actually best friends with Amber’s older brother Flynn, twin brother Ken, and her childhood sweetheart turned husband, Paul. The guys only let her join their private all boys club after she bribed them with her baked goods. Aiden has loved Amber for quite some time but as a kid, he often pretended to loathe her since he knew that her heart only belonged to Paul.

Later on, when Paul and Amber get engaged, Aiden decides to leave town because he’s unable to watch the woman he loves marry his best friend. But Aiden does return a couple of years later with his own fiancé and on the night of his bachelor party, he’s in a car accident that takes the lives of Paul and Amber’s brother, Ken. Amber is so overcome with grief and ends up taking all of her anger, unjustly out on poor Aiden. Several years have gone by and Aiden has kept his distance from Amber and her son, even though not a single day goes by that he doesn’t ask her older brother, Flynn, about their well-being.

Eventually, Flynn is able to convince Amber to invite Aiden over to a family dinner. There is a definite white hot spark that flows between these two. We learn through flashbacks that they have shared two kisses—one when they were teenagers and the second was right before the accident that took Paul’s and Ken’s lives. They both try so very hard to fight their attraction for each other. Amber tries to start a relationship with a business partner but the chemistry just isn’t there.

Amber is often very hot & cold throughout this story and I had a very hard time relating to her. More often than not, I found myself feeling irritated with this character. I couldn’t understand why poor Aiden was placing her on such a high pedestal and subjected himself to her cold and often cruel behavior.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read with a hefty dose of steam. The first in a series of books. Each book will be about a different Riverstone sibling.

LOVING AMBER is available now. Be sure to one-click.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2cByIxC
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2dsgXCx
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