Series: Heat Wave Book #5
Author: Alannah Lynne
Blurb: Some might think the phrase, “you complete me” is a just cheesy line from the movies, but Lizbeth Sanders knows better…
In MATTER OF TIME, Lizbeth has spent the past fifteen years desperately searching for someone to fill the void left by Logan Steele’s disappearance from her life. However, rather than finding love and happiness, all she’s found is disappointment, heartache, and an ever-present longing for the man she can never have.
Fifteen years ago, Logan Steele left the woman he loved to marry his high school sweetheart and be a father to the child he didn’t know he had. He’s always tried to do the honorable thing, to be a good husband and a great father, but despite his sacrifices and best efforts, the shaky foundation of his marriage crumbles and falls apart.
When his identical twin surprises him with a reintroduction to Lizbeth, Logan feels like he’s been given a second chance—at life and love. But a lot can change in fifteen years, and after hurting her so badly the first time, building trust isn’t just hard, it’s nearly impossible—especially when duty and obligation pulls him away again.
Thoughts: Matter of Time is not your typical rekindled, ‘second chance at love’ romance….this one has a bit of bite to it. Reading the blurb, readers assume that this is your stereotypical contemporary romance, but readers be warned that there are hidden BDSM elements to this one – if that’s not your thing, then don’t be fooled by the blurb because this one isn’t for everyone. To be honest, I really didn’t see the need for the BDSM elements – it really didn’t fit or pertain to the story except perhaps as another way to elaborate how Lizbeth is more suited to Logan, rather than the wife he actually married. But ignoring that…..we still have a few surprises – we also have a crazy-as-a-loon ex-wife and some awesome kids, which is not necessarily typical either in this type of romance.
I really enjoyed it….though I kind of wished that at least Lizbeth had some sort of romance in her life throughout this 15-year separation. She gets done wrong, yet she’s unable to settle for anyone else….while Logan goes on to live at least contentedly, if not happily, for those years – even going on to have more kids with the woman he chose over Lizbeth. Seems like a double smack in the face to me.
All in all – an intriguing twist on the standard second chance at romance, but not one that will suit everyone. Easily read as a stand alone.
Excerpt: Silencing the phone so there wouldn’t be any more interruptions, he dropped it on the table and kicked back in the chair to enjoy the show. “From where I’m sitting, this view is a million times better than any sunrise or sunset from an ocean balcony.”
A grin spread across Lizbeth’s face as she turned her head and peered over her shoulder. “I’m glad you approve.”
“Definitely approve. Work that dress down over your hips, but don’t let it just fall to the floor. Bend over nice and slow and push it down your legs.”
Her dark eyes hooded and she nodded slightly as she slid her palms down her sides to bunch the fabric at her waist, then worked it back and forth down over her hips and thighs. Slowly, erotically, as he instructed, she bent forward at the waist and eased the fabric to the floor. And then she stayed just like that, letting him look his fill of her ass with a strip of red fabric from the tiny thong tucked between her cheeks, the backs of her legs wrapped with lace-topped thigh-high stockings, and her feet tipped forward in black fuck-me pumps.
How could it be that after taking her more times than possible to count, he still wanted her as badly as the second he laid eyes on her in the club?
“Crawl up onto the bed on your hands and knees with your legs spread apart.”
As she shivered in response, he checked the thermostat on the wall. It wasn’t cold in the room, so he assumed her tremor was one of excitement, and a thrill shot through him at yet another validation of her being happy to follow the orders he enjoyed giving.
They’d had enough conversation about their future to know they both intended to fight for it, but they hadn’t figured out the details yet. She lived at the coast. He lived in Charlotte. On a good traffic day, they were looking at a four and a half-
hour trip. His business kept him busy and on the road far more than he liked. She ran a business, as well. His business was established in Charlotte, and while it seemed like a good opportunity for her to move to a large metropolis with unlimited opportunities for an event planner, he wondered if he was selfish to ask.
And what about the kids? He could never leave Charlotte as long as they lived there, and he couldn’t ask them to uproot their lives. Especially not when their mother lived there as well.
Fuck. Why did life have to always be so damned complicated and full of twists and curves?
“Why did I think you would join me on this bed?” Lizbeth asked, breaking into his thoughts and bringing his mind back down from the higher realms of thinking, where plans for the future resided, to the basic, primal thoughts that had propelled men for all of eternity.
His woman—hell yeah, he could really get used to that—was on her hands and knees in the middle of the bed, waiting for him to claim her, and he was all up in his head when he should be all up in her.
Shaking off the fear and worry and concern for the future, he pushed out of the chair and stalked toward the bed. “I’m joining you all right.” He slapped his palm over her naked ass, causing her to jump and gasp with surprise, then moan with pleasure as he stroked the silky smooth globe. “Stay as you are and let me enjoy this view for a moment longer while I grab some toys.”
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