Series: Serafina Sin City Series Book #2
Author: Katie Reus
Blurb: I’m ready to move on. Please don’t search for me. Please just let me go. ~Ellie
The note on the kitchen table shatters Jay Wentworth’s world into bits. Ellie is his lover, his soulmate, his best friend…she’s the woman who stood by him through the aftermath of a horrible explosion, the woman he’s planning to propose to. He’d do anything for her…except let her go. With his fierce protectiveness kicked into overdrive, he teams up with Ellie’s Hotel Serafina boss, billionaire Wyatt Christiansen, to find her. Ellie is family at the casino and they take care of their own. Ellie is devastated when her secret past finally catches up with her. It was stupid to think she could bury the mistakes of her youth and find happiness with a good man. Leaving Jay rips her heart to shreds, but it’s the only way she can protect him from the dangerous people she once ran with. And deep down, she fears he’ll never be able to forgive her for hiding her past from him. The closer Jay gets to the truth about Ellie, the deeper he plunges into danger. He’ll move heaven and earth to save her, but if she can’t trust in Jay’s love it might be too late for both of them.
Thoughts: I have only recently stumbled on Katie Reus, and after having been impressed by the first few books I have read, I was quick to snatch this one up. I was a bit leery after having discovered that this one is second in a series since I prefer to read them in order. However, it did say that it could be read as a standalone. For me, that just wasn’t the case. I felt a bit lost in the beginning – it seemed as if you were already expected to know these characters and the events surrounding their lives. I’m sure I could stumble my way through, but I think it would detract from my enjoyment of the book, the series, and the author’s works to do so. I’ll probably go back and read book one – and then try hitting this one again, and then rate it then. I feel that’s only fair to the author, as well as to other readers. In the meantime, I definitely recommend her books – just not reading this one as a stand alone.