Some choices are simple, some are hard, and some leave a brand.
One unforgettable night at a masquerade changes it all.
Mogul Nik Strand is all too familiar with the curve balls life likes to throw. Believing his soul can never be restored, he covers his pain and heartbreak with money. The more the better-as his heart is nothing but ice.
Aimee Taylor makes a decision that will haunt her forever. Unfortunately life doesn't come with a do over; therefore, she makes the best out of what she has.
An unforeseen circumstance brings these two together again, even though, neither can explain how or why the other seems so familiar. As love tries to heal this wounded couple, a common adversary seeks to destroy.
Due to strong language, sexual content, and violence, this is book is intended for 18+.
|Publisher:||Greatest of These, LLC, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)|
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I really enjoyed this book; it was full of twist and turns, full of suspense and drama keeping me guessing as to what is going to happen. The author took people who have a past with each other but it doesn’t become clear till the author unfolds those facts throughout the story. Aimee needed money to pay for her father’s medical bills and student loans quickly so she applies for an escort job. At a masquerade ball she tries out for the job and gains the attention of many men till one demands her time. Dancing their way off to solitude she gives herself to him while wearing the masks and at the end parted ways like a modern day Cinderella story. Years later she finds that this job has secured her life and she is in the company of Nik, a man who has his own demons that shadow his world. Nik lost so much in his life and he carries the guilt and conviction of that event with him. It affects every choice he makes but there is something about Aimee that he feels he needs to protect and protect he did. When the feelings become similar for her to what he felt back when he was younger he is going to have to decide to let go of her or the guilt that has become the air he breathes. With outside forces threatening to tear Aimee away from Nik, Aimee is struggling with trying to live up to a ghost in Nik’s life and has her own choices to make. Will she leave Nik before the threat to her is taken care of or will Nik be able to save her from what could be the most dangerous situation she has faced? I really love how the author surprises us with the connections between the characters and we are able to feel the shock and surprise when they find out the truth. The writing style was smooth and made reading enjoyable and the characters were thrilling and addicting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys some suspense, love and forgiveness. I will be looking for more work from this author. *Copy provided for review* Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
Branded (Strand Brothers, Book 1) by Lora Ann 4.5/5 Stars I love the characters in this book!! The brothers are so close and it’s wonderful to see three male characters so different and yet so loving of each other. My heart broke over and over for Nik and Aimee as they worked their way toward each other in somewhat of a “one step forward, two steps back” kind of way. I felt a little like I had whiplash with Nik’s attitude seeming to go back and forth between protective to aggressive. It ended up all being explained and falling into place, but it was definitely a roller-coaster ride to get there. I found myself impatient for them to get together, and then once they did, we seemed to spend a lot of chapters with almost nothing but Nik and Aimee in some very hot scenes. It is clear that Ms. Ann loves music, and her book kind of flows along like a song. I spent a lot of time googling songs that I had never heard of, and learning new songs that she references throughout the book. I can’t wait to read about the other Strand brothers, Alex and E, and I can’t decide which one I want to read about first. I would also like to read more about Aimee’s friend Renee’. I see lots of depth in all of her characters and want to spend more time with them. *A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review* Amanda, My Secret Book Spot
A one night stand at a masquerade ball full of passion and amazement changes their lives and impacts their futures. Our two main characters are drawn to each other is this mysterious setting of masks and secrecy, without realizing they were about to experience a life-changing experience. Without introductions, they loose track of each other. As life throws them together again years later, the attraction becomes a life force without them realizing the familiarity they feel for each other was rooted on that fateful night. I liked this book. The plot and the characters were both entertaining and well defined. So, why a four stars? It took me reading to 30% to really become engaged. From then on, the story picks up and becomes complex and engrossing. I think the constant fighting between our main characters in the beginning of the book got to me. After they finally make peace with each other and accept the circumstances they are in, I began to enjoy the book more. By the time I was half way through the book, I could not put it down. This is the first book in the series. The Strand brothers are unique. I am looking forward to the next book and this story progressing to a new crescendo.
Wonderfully sweet and heartwarming story. These characters have a chance meeting and them go about their relationship 5 years later not knowing who the other is and frankly doing it kind of backwards but it totally works. The story line had the bit of crazy and dark thrown in with lots of passion, hot sex, and some healing of emotional wounds. Nik and Aimee have kind of an unconventional meeting and start to everything but it totally works for their story. I loved how everything between them unfolded and they heal each other. As a reader it’s awesome to see a character heal and become whole throughout a story. Nik is a typical sexy alpha male who is determined to keep Aimee safe. He has a lot of guilt and emotional baggage that he’s closed himself off from for so many years but Aimee helps him with all of that. She is a great person. Despite what she’s had to do for money which lead her to her predicament, she is kind and caring but also feisty and not afraid to stand up for herself or someone she cares about. I really liked both of the main characters and they friends and family were wonderful as well. The story line was a bit unique which just added to the desire to read the book. It’s typically the girl that is fending off the guy, but in this book it’s almost always the other way around. The scenes transitioned smoothly and it was definitely a book you won’t want to put down until you’re done reading. I actually blew through it in an evening. This was a great start to the series and I can’t wait for the next book. 4 out of 5 stars!