From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kaylea Cross comes the next scintillating novel in her Crimson Point Series! ROCKY GROUND is a standalone romance with a hero sure to keep readers up long into the night. Check out the review blitz below and pick up your copy of ROCKY GROUND today!
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She’s been hurt too many times…
Single mom Tiana Fitzgerald has sworn off all romantic relationships to protect herself and her daughter. Her track record is disastrous and she’s done getting hurt. But a certain sexy Scotsman in Crimson Point has other ideas, and somehow manages to sneak past her defenses at every turn. As the hits keep coming and her life implodes, she begins to see he’s unlike any man she’s ever known. Now he’s become the greatest threat to her heart, because there’s no possible future for them. Not when he’s leaving the country in a few weeks. And when her worst fears are realized, she must risk everything by placing her trust in in his hands.
He’s determined to capture her heart.
Scotsman Aidan MacIntyre never saw the fiery, beautiful Tiana coming. The prickly redhead has gotten under his skin as badly as he wants to get under hers. But she’s determined to keep walls between them. Luckily the former Royal Marine doesn’t know how to give up. Someone from her past wants to hurt her, but Aidan will stand between her and any threat. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her and the little girl who have completely stolen his heart—and fight for them to have a future together.
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The molten hunger in his eyes sent a torrent of heat rushing through her body even as her old fears bubbled to the surface again. “Aidan…” she murmured, dropping her gaze to his chest.
She’d done it. Given her unspoken consent. Now her heart was trying to pound its way out of her chest.
His hand came up to stroke her hair away from her face. She leaned into his touch, craving more. Craving this wonderful, incredible man that for some reason wanted her in spite of all her imperfections.
Her heart beat an erratic rhythm against her ribs. She’d never experienced anything like this before. Not with this level of intensity. This was…something she’d only read about before. Was it because of everything they’d gone through together? Because she’d relied on him for survival?
His fingers stroked against her scalp in a drugging caress that had her eyelids drooping. “What are you so afraid of?”
She looked up at him again. God, he was beautiful. And strong. And brave.
He was also going to rip her heart out when he left.
It wasn’t easy to voice her insecurities aloud, but she felt comfortable with him. Close to him in a way she’d never felt with another man. “Of making another mistake. Of getting my heart broken again,” she whispered.
He cupped the side of her face to run his thumb over her cheekbone. “I’ll not hurt you, lass.”
Her insides squeezed at the tenderness in his voice, the yearning in his eyes. No, he wouldn’t hurt her intentionally. “But you’re leaving soon. In another few weeks.” That was going to leave a scar, no matter how gently the cut was made.
“Aye,” he agreed, his gaze locked with hers. “But I’m here now.”
His words reverberated in the deepest recesses of her heart. He was right here in front of her, and he wanted her.
Any other arguments she had stored up vanished in the space of a single heartbeat. Before she could think herself out of it, she gave free rein to the need pulsing inside her, took his face in her hands and pulled him down to her waiting lips.
Rocky Ground is book four in the series, but was easily enjoyed as a standalone. I haven’t read any of the other books in the Crimson Point series, and I was easily able to follow the plot and enjoy the characters. I enjoyed reading this book for many reasons.
Our story follows Aiden and Tiana as they navigate a few tricky situations. Not just how they fall in love, but some mystery and intrigue and more. This book kept you guessing and interested all the way through! Through it all you are rooting for the two to overcome and have a happy ending!
I liked the main characters. Tiana is a single mother who has been dealt some crappy situations in her past. A less than ideal childhood (which seems trite as I write it, but was wonderfully explained by the author!), a deadbeat dad for her daughter, and now an even worse situation now for both of them. But through it all she stands strong and is still trusting and creates a village of helpers for her little family. She’s off relationships though, so Aiden doesn’t even blip her radar at first. Aiden has been busy in his life in the US, but has noticed the amazing Tiana. He’s struggling with some sticky situations of his own, but can’t help but notice her as a woman. He’s strong and gentle and alpha in the best way possible (and a Scot-the accent and wording-whew!). I loved how they interact, and how they have to work together, and generally act like adults.
I liked the slow build of friendship, chemistry and love between these two! It was very realistic to me, how they had to build trust, talk, work things out, and despite the feelings they had for baser needs, work on more than just getting naked. That made it so when they give the relationship a real try, they make it work, despite all the struggles their journey faces.
I was sucked in quickly to this book, which I wasn’t expecting! I was a bit apprehensive that as a book four, I might be missing the backstory to fully understand the characters and plot. But I was worried for no reason! I loved the surprise situations that arose, and how the author had the characters had to deal with them. I finished the book so quickly, and was sad when it ended as I wanted more!
I can’t wait to go back and read more by this author. And I hope that Noah gets a happy ending! The author does a great job with the characters, the plot, the setting, and the situations. I fell in love with all the characters, and the town of Crimson Point-makes me want to go back to the coast for another vacation...in hopes I run into some of these fascinating people!
Plot = 5/5
Characters = 5/5
Heat = 5/5
Writing Style = 5/5
Overall Rating = 5/5
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About Kaylea Cross:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and has been nominated multiple times for the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.