Bella J
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Limitless Publishing
Release Date
March 2017
Book 1 of Shattered Secrets
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

When it comes to women, Hunter has rules.

Those rules ensure his life stays uncomplicated and controlled. Control is what he craves, what he needs to keep his inner demons quiet.

Private investigator by day, his life is nothing but a pit of regret, devoid of any and every emotion.

Hired to find an elusive runaway--a wild, hot-headed woman with sinfully enticing curves--Hunter's self-control is pushed to the limit. Scarlet challenges him in ways that make him wanting to break his own damn rules.

But she has secrets--secrets he's determined to uncover. He just didn't count on getting his own past dragged into what turns out to already be a deadly game of lies.

This is not a love story. This is not a tale of how love conquers all.

This is a story of how two people equally shattered by their pasts realize that two broken souls can't make a whole.

Book Review by Becky (reviewer)
Jul 07, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
75 people found the following review helpful
Holy Moly! REGRET pulls out all the feels from the very beginning. I expected the story to be dark, but it's also incredibly intense from the heartbreaking prologue to the very last page.

I don't think Bella J has left an emotion out of this one and I was so thoroughly enmeshed in this story and the characters that I felt them all. I laughed, I cried, I got mad. Add in the moments of frustration, anxiety, sympathy, heartbreak, hope, as well as the loss of that hope, and this is one roller coaster ride of intense emotion.

Hunter and Scarlet have great chemistry, even when they're determined to hold each other at arm's length. They're both broken by past tragedies, and they've both put up walls to protect their hearts. Despite that, they're drawn together with an almost magnetic pull as Hunter attempts to protect Scarlet and keep her safe from the man who will do anything to find her. The extreme circumstances they find themselves in lead to intimacies that are crazy passionate and even brutal.

Scarlet and Hunter's story is not a conventional romance by any means, and things are far from resolved with the turning of that last page. In fact, we get a jaw-dropping, oh no, it can't stop there cliffhanger. The type that makes it almost impossible not to dive into the next book immediately.

There were a couple of twists in the story that I saw coming, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment in the least. Actually, one big reveal, in particular, kept me on the edge of my seat to see how it would come out and how this pair would react.

To sum it up, this is one hard to put down read that is dark, twisted, tragic, and thoroughly compelling.
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