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I can't say enough about Christi Caldwell - every time I read one of her books, it's like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day! Whenever I am in a book slump, I grab one of her books to make it all better. Doesn't matter which book. If it has her name on it, I'm reading it. This one was of particular interest to me, because I love the idea of childhood friends becoming lovers as adults. It's a trope that I really like in a romance novel. The hero was one of my favorites in the previous Sinful Brides books, so I was excited to read about his happily ever after!
Lady Eve Pruitt needs safety from her brother, and the Hell and Sin Gaming Club is the perfect place for her to hide until she can get access to her funds left to her by her father. Disguised as Eve Swindell, she is hired on by the club as the bookkeeper, and in doing so, she puts herself in direct contact with the boy she betrayed seventeen years ago, Calum Dabney. Of course, he's not a boy anymore, and Eve can't help but be attracted to this man who towers over her and kisses with such passion. Soon she loses control of her disguise and finds herself falling in love with him, though he is still unaware of who she really is. When he finds out, it will take all of Eve's courage to fight for her safety and for the love she has just now found.
Eve and Calum were an amazing couple, though they had their bumps and bruises along the way. Although I didn't like how long Eve lied to Calum about her true identity, I understood it and loved her selflessness when it came to others who depended on her. Calum was rightfully gruff and cautious of Eve at first, but he can't help but be attracted to the woman who stands up to him. I loved how he and Eve came together once her true identity was found out, because that was my main concern while reading. I wanted him to acknowledge that her betrayal all those years ago was unintentional, and I also wanted him to realize the hell she went through at home since then. What came out of this story was a love that was stronger than either Eve or Calum imagined, and I wish the story had kept going long after it ended.
I'm excited for the next book Christ Caldwell creates - it's sure to be a winner!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**