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Series: The Riverdale Series #2
on June 15, 2014
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Nick Foti left Riverdale New York, seven years ago, leaving his dreams and the only family he ever knew behind. Most of all he left the one girl that managed to completely unravel him. Samantha Lanza was his best friends little sister. She wasn't meant to be his, she was his to protect like a sister.
When he finally decided he couldn't fight his attraction to her, events unfold that force him to leave her and the only life he has ever wanted behind. Forced to work for his father in Seattle, Nick is miserable. He spends most his time in the boardroom playing the corporate mogul. The rest of the time he loses himself in a bottle and random woman that will never compare to the one he left behind.
One day Nick hits rock bottom and decides he’s had enough, he hangs up his suit and tie and sets out to reclaim the life he was meant to have. He heads back to Riverdale just when the family he has always loved as his own needs him the most. Everyone welcomes Nick with open arms, except Sam. She wants nothing to do with him. Can he convince her he’s a changed man who wants nothing more than to have her in his arms forever? Or has is the betrayal she feels too great to forgive.
✧ May contain spoilers if you have not read book one, Pieces. The review of that book is also available ✧
This is book two of a three-part story. Each book is about a member of the Lanza family. While each book does not necessarily have a cliffhanger for the main characters of each book the family’s journey continues and bleeds into the book.
Samantha “Sam” Lanza has been on love with Nick Foti since she barely a teenager. Nick is her brother’s best friend and has practically been part of the family for as long as she can remember. Nick knew Sam was special and noticed his feelings about her had evolved into something more than his best firned’s little sister. When Sam was finally 18 and they both thought they might be able to act on their feelings an unexpected event occurs in Nick’s life and takes him away from Riverside for 6 years. Now he is back and ready to claim Sam as his own, if she will let him.
Sam is a very strong-willed woman. At times she frustrated me with her determination not to let Nick back into her heart. She was cruel to him and yet Nick kept coming back for more and even more determined to make it right between them. As one of her brothers, Jake continues to battle cancer they both lean on each other more and more and as life becomes even rougher Sam finds comfort in Nick’s arm. As much as I loved Sam and Nick’s story, the secondary characters and the story surrounding the entire family I found even more fascinating. I cannot say enough how much I loved this book or how much I absolutely love this series. Each character in each book captivated me. Cara and her undying love and commitment to Jake, Jake’s charismatic and witty antics, Luke’s commitment to be the reliable and responsible not for his young daughter, but everyone he loves, Sam’s tough on the outside, but soft on the inside demeanor, and of course Nick’s never wavering commitment to find a way back into Sam’s heart. This book has it all…. Hot sexy love, alpha head strong male, a kooky family and a whole lot of heart. As I did with the first book I laughed, I cried (a lot more than the first book though), blushed and had to fan myself due to the heat index of this book.
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