Luke Lanza is a man who has always done the responsible thing. He has faced a lot of challenging obstacles in his life; from raising his daughter on his own, to building a successful business, even being the only viable donor that could save his brother’s life. Knowing this about his brother and knowing that he was going to die, Jake asked him to look after the love of his life. Now Luke is torn between the promise he made to his brother and the pull of something he’s never known before.
“Promise me, I need to hear you say it, Luke.”
Luke swallowed. “I promise I’ll take care of Cara, you don’t have to worry about her.” A tear slipped down his cheek as he finished his vow to his little brother.
Jake smiled slightly and closed his eyes. “I could always count on you.”
Cara Sloane is struggling with the loss of her first love and the power of addiction. Jake had been her rock for so long, with him gone she realizes how broken she is. She doesn’t want to feel anything, least of all the emptiness in her heart.
“I know you’re at peace and I should be thankful for that, but I can’t be. I never realized what a selfish person I was. You were suffering and all I could do was pray for you not to leave me.”
A tragic accident leaves Luke and his family pleading with Cara to change the course of her life. Can Cara face her demons and learn there is life after Jake? Can she learn that she can hold onto to the beautiful memories they made together and still live her life?
“I don’t want to fix her because she’s broken.” He said with his own voice sounding a bit broken. “I want to help her because losing her too isn’t an option.”
Individually they try to heal, together they wonder if they can fit the pieces of their broken lives.
When is a promise no longer a promise? When love comes into play and you find yourself in love with the person you swore to take care of to your dying brother! This is the third and final book in the Riverdale series. This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat while at the same time it will make you laugh and cry. All the family is there from the first and second book, still grieving and trying to move on without Jake.
Luke promised his brother to take care of his fiancée Cara when he was taken by cancer from his family. He has watched over her as much as she will allow him but suddenly Luke finds himself watching her for other reasons. Cara is becoming more than just a promise that he made to his brother! Luke wants her for himself but feels like he is betraying Jake’s memory. Can Luke convince Cara to let go of the past and look ahead to the future? Maybe a future with him!
Cara had loved and depended on Jake since the day they had first met. He was her BFF and first true love. When Jake was taken from her before Cara went off the deep end and became an addict. The drugs helped her to blank out the loss of Jake but she was slowly losing Cara. An accident caused by drugs was a wakeup call for her and she finally gave into going into rehab. When she asks Luke, Jake’s brother to help her he arranges everything and takes her to a rehab facility. Luke becomes her rock and the one she looks to for direction and when she leaves rehab Cara realizes that she has new feelings for him. Can Luke help her find a future beyond her grieving for Jake?
Love is often blind when it comes to finding your true love. Cara and Luke find that they have a special relationship that will only become more if they give it a chance. Jake wanted them to be happy and both of them to find someone to love and complete them. Will they find that with each other? Can they find their HEA?
Hero: Luke Lanza 4.5
Heroine: Cara Sloane 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! If you want to read a beautiful love story with drama, anguish and really hot sex, this is the book for you.
Would I recommend this author: Yes! I have read this author's first two books in this series and each book just gets better than the last!