WHEN LOVE ARRIVES by Johnnie Alexander is a roller-coaster ride of emotion for both hero and heroine. Though at times I rolled my eyes, the characters quickly grew on me even with their flaws and deceptions.
Dani Prescott is out for revenge. She thought losing her mother is an airplane accident when she was young was the low point of her life. However, years later, when Brett Somers calls her mother—the pilot of the plane—a murderer, Dani is determined to get even. Even thought Brett Somers also lost his parents, he still lived a charmed life in the lap of luxury, unlike Dani who was dumped in foster home after foster home. Bent on humiliating him publicly, because of the horrible things he said about her mother, Dani decides to photograph his every move. She’s convinced, given enough time, she will catch Brett in a compromising situation. Then she will have the ammunition to ruin his good name just like he ruined her mother’s.
Brett Somer’s is cool, calculated, and cunning—in both work and at play. Even though he inherited his families fortune, he’s added to his wealth because of his drive to succeed. His good looks and wealth make him a magnet to opportunistic women, but he doesn’t let that bother him. They use him for his money and his status, he uses them to warm his bed. He figures it’s a fair exchange. However, there is a side of Brett no one knows about. He’s hiding a secret that is destroying him inside.
Much to Dani’s dismay, she unintentionally has a face-to-face with Brett, and before she knows it, she’s agreed to go on a date with him. Dani figures it is the perfect opportunity to get the inside track on the egotistical, self-centered Casanova, but when one date leads to another, her objective becomes skewed. Brett isn’t at all the man she thought him to be, and little by little she finds herself drawn to the Brett nobody knows. Both Dani and Brett fight their attraction, knowing the secrets they keep are obstacles too great for any relationship to overcome.
I mentioned rolling my eyes, because I could not believe that Dani would agree to go on a date with the person she was supposed to hate with a passion. So, when that date turned into a second date, I sighed in disbelief. Nevertheless, I quickly got caught up in Dani and Brett’s journey, and was rooting for their relationship to survive. It took me a while before I realized I had read book one in the series. Then, the little lightbulb went off. Even though WHEN LOVE ARRIVES is book two, it easily reads as a standalone novel. But, having the backstory on Shelby and A.J. made for added enjoyment.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available September 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.