Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Storm of Ambition by Lily Black (Willowdale, #2)

Storm of Ambition
by Lily Black

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Willowdale - Book 2
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (January 7, 2020)
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 250 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Still reeling from her broken engagement with Aaron Farsee, Grace Meredes is content to live quietly and hide from the paparazzi. She’s abruptly yanked back into her father’s world when she receives a text from a blackmailer. Her family could be ruined unless she meets the blackmailer in Willowdale. The media reported that Grace dumped her fiancĂ© because she didn’t want to deal with his war wounds and PTSD, so no one will believe that he was the one who cancelled the wedding. Unwilling to expose her private life again, Grace contrives a cover story for her visit to Willowdale, along with a fake name, to keep her dad’s nosy senatorial staff at bay.

When Aaron sees Grace standing at the counter of his auto shop, he dreads the drama that will surely follow. She claims she’s in town to help with the winter festival, but he has trouble believing her. Despite his skepticism he agrees to help her, since the proceeds benefit the veterans hospital. But he is determined not to do anything that might help her father.

When someone leaves a threatening message along with a knife in Grace’s cabin, Aaron’s protective instincts kick in. But he can’t save her from a danger she won’t admit is real. The double threat of the blackmailer and her father’s buried secrets soon leave Grace without anyone to trust but the man who broke her heart.
Storm of Ambition by Lily Black (Willowdale, #2)

Storm of Ambition (Willowdale, #2)The life of a politician’s daughter isn’t easy and Grace has done her best to shun the spotlight. Especially since her broken engagement. Now she is thrust back into the spotlight and must face not only her ex-fiance, but a mysterious blackmailer threatening to ruin her father and her family. Will Grace finally get some answers as to why Aaron dumped her? Will she discover some ugly truths about her powerful father she cannot live with, even as she seeks to uncover who the blackmailer is and what they want? She may need the help of the man who broke her heart…

STORM OF AMBITION by Lily Black is a dark mystery, as well as an edgy second chance romance for a couple who allowed pride to get in the way. Unanswered questions, a suspect list that could go on forever, a woman balancing the razor’s edge between duty to family and her very shattered heart, this read holds tension throughout!

Lily Black has created a story that unfolds without exposing too much too early, including the whys of a romance gone wrong. Grace is a powerful character with a strong sense of duty, family and loyalty who gets caught up in a twisted game of vengeance. Aaron, on the other hand, rather let me down as a man who let his ego rule his heart. I’m not sure he was the man Grace thought he was in her heart.

That said, a cast with some colorful characters rounds this one out nicely in a small town, second-chance romance with a twist.

I received a complimentary copy from Red Adept Publishing! This is my honest and voluntary review.

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