I’m Eden MacLaird, and Fate screwed me good at the age of twenty-one, stole my first love, then my first child. Twenty years later, I still haven’t found my happily-ever-after. Sure, from the outside, I have it all, including Declan, my gorgeous, rich-as-sin husband. But things aren’t what they seem, and catching Declan in bed with my best friend destroys any dreams I harbor for love, much less sexual fulfillment.
Then in walks Sean Bennett…
Just months away from earning his post-graduate law degree, Sean’s smart, driven, and serious, but an unexpected encounter between us in a bar one night changes everything. His best friend, Trinitee, warns against getting too involved, but the heat between us is beyond intense, and neither of us are willing to walk away.
With my marriage in shambles, I’m eager to make a go of it with Sean, despite our sixteen-year age difference. But while I relish my sexual reawakening, I fear giving up the posh life I’ve grown accustomed to. That life, however, and everything in it, comes crashing down as bodies start piling up around us, and all clues point to me and Sean.
Secrets, betrayal, and revenge threaten to destroy not just my carefully-crafted reputation, but my very life. With our freedom at stake, Sean and I join forces to uncover those plotting against us. But as doubt and evidence mount, I must choose: give in to my suspicions and save myself, or trust our new-found love and save us both.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review is 100% my own.
Nancy S. Thompson won me over when I read her debut novel The Mistaken. She is now on her third novel it and it is a winner. Stirred is the kind of story that will keep you on your toes. It’s a story of murder, temptation, greed, deceit and indiscretions. It was so much more than a romance novel. There was suspense, drama, mystery, and thrills infused in the pages of this book. From the moment I began reading, I knew I would be in for an engaging, interesting and thrilling read. Although it was easy to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, it did not take anything from the story.
In this novel, readers are introduced to Eden MacLaird, Declan, and Sean Bennett. Eden is a wife, mother, author and principal. Based on the blurb we see that she had lost a lot at an early age. Twenty years later we see where her life has improved financially. However, she was unhappy where it mattered the most. She is in a loveless marriage with a controlling and manipulative bastard. To make matters worse, she walked in on said husband with her best friend doing the dirty deed. At this low point in her life, she meets Sean Bennett, who will either be her salvation or her destruction. Sean is forbidden fruit, but that did not stop Eden from desiring what she believed was bad for her.
My feelings about Eden are mixed. She is a successful author and principal of her own school. However, she was too weak to seek out her own happiness. She preferred to endure a loveless marriage, rather than give up the life of privilege that she had grown accustomed to. There were times she would act brave, but then her insecurities would sneak up on her causing her to doubt her strength.
Declan, Eden’s husband, is a controlling, manipulative and deceitful bastard. He married Eden twenty years ago so he could get his hands on the money from his trust fund. There are other things about him that would make readers hate him, but I can’t mention them as it may mean giving away too much information. I do not wish to spoil the story for prospective readers.
Sean is sixteen years Eden’s junior. He is strong and smart and handsome. When Sean first laid eyes on Eden he was intrigued with her. He was determined to learn more about her. At first, his pursuit of her was a game, but as he got to know her he realised that he wanted more. Sean had his share of pain and loss. This forced him to grow up rather quickly. I loved his fighting spirit. He was the type of person who went after what he wanted. It was evident he wanted Eden.
I enjoyed seeing Sean and Eden together. She came alive whenever they were together. He made her feel special. The time they spent together was intense, and one can’t help but wish that they would get their happily ever after.
The story was well paced. It was well written and, I enjoyed the plot twists. The story was intense, sexy and thrilling. Be prepared to have your mind blown by the events that took place. The author brought everything together and, most of the mysteries were solved. The sex scenes were explicit, making suitable only for mature readers.
I enjoyed this story. It had me reading straight through the night. I highly recommend Stirred to readers who like romance, mystery and suspense stories. I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Thompson has in store for her fans.
Nancy S. Thompson Bio:
Nancy is a California transplant currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband of 23 years, their son, a student at Seattle University, their giant snow dog, Jack, and his kitty, Skye. She works as a freelance editor for her publisher and writer friends and also has her own interior design business within the model home merchandising industry. When she’s not writing or editing, Nancy keeps herself busy by cooking and baking.
Nadene's addiction to reading began at an early age, when a family friend gifted her a copy of Wuthering Heights. From that moment she was never without a book.She will read anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She gained many experiences through the pages of the books she had the opportunity to read.She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals hopes that in sharing reviews of the books read visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When not reading, Nadene enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.
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