Diana A. Hicks
(Cole Brothers #4)
Publication date: March 11th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Eight years is a long time gone…
After graduation, artist Anabelle Copenhaver returns home to find that the only family member she has left is missing in action.
With her brother gone, his infuriatingly handsome best friend, Wesley, is now responsible for her family’s estate. Anabelle doesn’t need a babysitter, especially not her childhood crush—the first guy she ever loved.
Former marine Wesley Cole lives by his word. He promised to protect Anabelle and that’s exactly what he intends to do. His biggest challenge will be to keep his hands off the blue-eyed beauty who has a way of setting his soul on fire.
Anabelle is resourceful and determined to bring her brother home, but how can she when Wesley blocks every turn, messing with her plans and her heart?
This book ended up being very different than what I had expected to walk into. I’m not sure how that happened, but I will explain.
I really liked this story. It was something different from what I am used to with contemporary romances in that it incorporated childhood friends to lovers, broken family relationships, military families, cartels and so much more.
Ana and Wesley come from affluent families that had their estates next to each other. The two families always knew one another and there was an underlying attraction between Wes and Ana that neither ever realized. Ana and her brother, Charlie, lost their parents in a terrible car accident and Ana was there when it happened. Charlie blamed her for their deaths and subsequently sent her away to an all girls school so he wouldn’t have to deal with her. He grew cold and rigid.
Now Charlie and Wesley are best friends, graduate high school and join the marines together. Fighting cartels in Venezuela and getting all kinds of mixed up in trouble. Now Ana is coming home after finishing college to reunite with her brother, but finds he’s actually missing in the jungles of Venezuela and Wesley has a plan to get him out.
But Charlie isn’t the same person anymore that anyone wants to believe he is. Things get ugly and FAST. But in the meantime, Wes and Ana realize their feelings for each other.
Like I said, this was nothing like what I had expected and it definitely kept me guessing all the way through. Wes and Ana have this “true love” experience that isn’t found this way in many books that I’ve read and it was well done. They have always loved each other but were always afraid to say anything.
Overall, a well rounded story that incorporates a lot of modern elements with some high danger risks and adventure.
Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre
When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.