Time Heals

Trenice Carter
Time Heals
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Release Date
November 2010
Book 2 of Men of Adonis
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Justin Brooks is well-known and respect by the citizens of Blaine, MN. Yet, he conceals a secret. A secret to end his renown career as the managing partner of Brooks & Associates, Attorneys At Law, and the longtime friendships with his "brothers", Dr. Steve Kruz and Alexander Moran. Dr. Danielle Ratcliff is determined to make the infamous attorney, Justin Brooks, face his anger. However, in the course of his six week session, Danielle needs therapy to sort out her feelings. Should she follow her heart or listen to her conscience. Either way, she's doomed in the irresistible arms of one of the "Men of Adonis".

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 09, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
The Men of Adonis are back, and this time it's Justin's time to fall, but the way down is so much fun. We get new characters, worsening problems, and a whole new way to look at the phrase "family bonding". I must say...I'm HOOKED!

Justin Brooks, the charismatic lawyer and "brother" to Alex and Steve, has problems. He's being blackmailed for something in his past, he's got headaches and nightmares since he witnessed a death that he feels responsible for, and to top it all off, he got on the wrong side of a "school-marm" psychiatrist, who wants him to have anger management therapy in exchange for keeping him out of jail.

Dr. Danielle "Nell" Ratcliff wants to help Justin face his anger, but she can't deny the attraction she feels for him. During the course of the therapy, they explore the attraction and discover much more. But with the blackmailers getting even more dangerous, their relationship may come to an abrupt end before it really gets started.

Time Heals is the second book in the Men of Adonis series. It's deeply linked to the first story, but it's not essential that you read the first story to understand this one. I think though that you would miss out on a lot of background story if you didn't read the first one.

The story pretty much takes place right where the first one left off. It's supposed to be the story about Justin Brooks, the lawyer, but as with the first story, it really follows the lives of all the people connected with Justin, Steve, and Alex. The three men call themselves "brothers" and have been inseparable friends since their teen years.

I really liked the character of Nell, Justin's love interest. She's got this very sedate outer appearance as Dr. Ratcliff, but underneath she's a hellcat. And she's just the type of woman to keep Justin in line. We also catch up with Steve and Allie from the first book and see how they are adjusting to new family life with their son, while Alex is still sticking to his love ‘em and leave ‘em ways. Many other characters that have become a part of "the family" make an appearance in this book as well.

There are a lot of secrets revealed in this book, and to tell you the truth, a couple of them I really didn't see coming. It essentially kept me reading the whole way through. I couldn't put the book down for fear that I would miss something. Justin is such an interesting character with the secrets and guilt that he's harboring throughout this story and even the first one. It was wonderful to see that he got his happily ever after.

The men are still sharing, and I had said before that I was interested in seeing how that would work out going forward with each of the brothers falling in love. Let's just say, they seem to work it out with no problems (wink, wink).

I only have two complaints about the book: one is that the reviewer's copy had some editing mistakes in it, and while it didn't detract from the story for me, I am hoping that in final editing, those are taken care of so it doesn't put readers off an otherwise great story. And two, I felt like a little like Justin and Nell got shafted a bit with their romance. There was so much other stuff going on in the book, including stories with other characters, that I felt like they didn't get all that they should have. They are a wonderful couple and I wanted there to be more concentrated time on the two of them.

With that being said, the characters that were introduced or given more in-depth storylines were great, so I loved reading about them as well. And oh the sex. My goodness, there was a lot of it. Justin and Nell; Steve and Allie, and Alex, and Steve and Allie and Justin; there's even an M/M scene that was pretty hot in there as well. It wasn't with the brothers but with some of the secondary characters. I can't wait to see what's going to happen there.

Trenice Carter can write a steamy love scene that's for sure. I felt like I could see the steam coming off my kindle a few times. And I haven't even talked about what happens with the sharing when we add Nell into the mix...oh my. One of my favorite things about these books so far is that we have people of all different nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds, but the author doesn't make a big deal about it. There's no, "I never been with a black person before" or "I never knew white girls were so attractive" kind of thing. It's just that they are people who love each other who happen to be a mixture of races and that's that. It's a refreshing change to a lot of multi-cultural romances.

What a great continuation of a wonderful series! The in-depth plot, steamy love scenes, and fantastic characters came together so well in this book. And while I wanted to see more of Justin and Nell, what I had I loved; and I got so much more as well. I can't wait to see what will come next for the brothers, but I have no doubt I'll devour them just as much as I have with the first two books.
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