“Revel,” by Alison Ryan
Published: May 7, 2016
Synopsis: Declan DeGraff is old money, turned no money, turned new money.
He’s fresh off the deal of the decade; he’s just sold his tech firm for over two billion dollars and he should be on top of the world.
But he’s still missing what he lost, long ago. And every time success comes his way, he’s reminded of how he would trade it all to have her back again.
Charlotte Sanders is running from the past. Again.
Years ago she fell deeply in love with the last man she should have allowed into her heart and near her body. After a summer of passion, he ended it abruptly, tearing Charlotte apart and making her swear off ever letting anyone in again.
But now she’s come back to the city where it all happened, Charleston, South Carolina, determined to find answers to the questions he never wanted her to ask.
A chance encounter takes them right back to where they started. But can they get past the secrets they’re keeping? Or are they destined to repeat the mistakes of a past they’re both desperate to forget?
Declan and Charlotte’s story is one of sweet love and romance, mixed with heartache and frustration. As soon as the two meet there is an instant connection, and it’s only a matter of time until they are head over heels for one another and in a steamy romance. However, the fabulous Declan ends up breaking Charlotte’s heart and ending everything between them. Years later, Charlotte is a successful doctor but decides she needs some time to herself, which means returning to Charleston. Charlotte thinks that Declan is living it up in a rich, fancy lifestyle in California when actually he is back in Charleston. Just like their first meeting, fate seems to bring them back together to deal with the past.
There are some incredibly romantic and hot moments between Declan and Charlotte, but also some very sad and emotional moments. “Revel” questions the limits of love, what we can forgive, and what we can’t move past. However, it is also a reminder that we are our own people and don’t deserve to pay for the crimes of others, even when those others are our family. I enjoyed this novel very much, especially the fast pace of the storyline, but felt that something was missing. I’m not sure if I wanted to learn more about the characters in the years apart or if I just wanted them to have more time growing us a couple, but it just felt that something wasn’t complete. The novel had it’s happy ending of course, but without giving away spoilers, I guess I just wanted them to have more time as them, getting to know each other again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this novel and absolutely plan to read more from Alison Ryan! This is quick romantic read but also filled with definite heartache and emotion.
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