Tuesday, November 18, 2008




Line: Harlequin Presents
Mills and Boon Modern Romance & Sexy Romance

North America: November 2008
UK: October 2008 AZ: December 2008

The S-Factor: Simmering / Sensual


Once Ava Halliburton shared a tender night of passion with Caleb Gilchrist. The next day, she left—not to return for ten years….
But now she's home for a wedding. And Caleb's the best man: richer and sexier than ever, with a playboy reputation.
Caleb still wants her. But Ava walked out on him, and he's no gentleman. One night, and then he'll be the one to walk away.

Review: ♥♥♥♥♥

As a reader do you ever fall in love with the male alpha? Well I did; Caleb is one smart, handsome, sexy man with an incredible sense of humour. What better way for his story to begin than at the wedding of his best friend where he is the best man. Honestly, his mind is not on the wedding, it’s in the clouds until he spot’s Ava Halliburton, the sister of the groom. The woman he loved years ago who left him in search of a career.

Ava has returned back to Melbourne for her brother’s wedding after years of being away furthering her academic career. She’s left behind in the States some unfinished business, her academic standing at university and a recent relationship which ended badly. Now she’s returning home for a few days not knowing what to expect from her parents nor the man from her past, Caleb.

As only Ally Blake can write, this was sincerely a moving and beautiful love story. From the setting in Melbourne with it's high society, to the Halliburton’s family dynamics, the wedding and happy couple but most importantly the past lovers, Caleb and Ava. For them the realization that maybe you can never go back but you certainly can forgive, trust and move forward. It's an extremely moving story about second chances especially for Ava and Caleb and her family.

Ava and Caleb’s clashing personalities, the banter, their love making and getting reacquainted will have you laughing and crying at the same time. But most importantly when Ava comes to the realization that she has always been loved, that she’s been sincerely missed by her family and the person “who gets her” is Caleb himself. This sexy alpha has an incredible heart and will surprise you in the end for what he’s willing to sacrifice. Plain and simply, it’s beautiful and so worth reading!

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Reviewed by: Marilyn


Stop over at I Heart Presents and see Ally’s November post “Close to Home” where she discusses her inspiration for the book.

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