Shannyn Leah lives in London Ontario, Canada. She comes from an entrepreneurial family, who all have a passion for developing new and exciting business ideas. When she's not writing contemporary romance books, into the early hours of the morning, she's antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and her sister. Shannyn has published five books in her series, By the Lake, including, Lakeshore Secrets, Lakeshore Legend, Lakeshore Love, Lakeshore Candy, and Lakeshore Lyrics. She is excited to be currently working on the Caliendo Resort, a new series for 2015/2016.
Sunset Thunderby Shannyn Leah
Violet Caliendo escorts couples into the illusion of “happily ever after” as wedding coordinator at Willow Valley’s five-star Caliendo Resort. But Violet doesn’t believe in love or “happily ever after” anymore. She’s guarded herself from love so deeply since her divorce that some even call her the “Ice Queen.” When she has to plan her ex-husband’s wedding, even her Ice Queen persona takes a hit.
With her emotions in high gear, she takes out her frustrations by having sex with her ex’s best man, Ryder Carlex. Ryder is a playboy type and Violet figures it’s a simple one-time fling. But Ryder actually is attracted to Violet in a way he’s never known before. Neither of them ever imagines that the sparks between them will ignite a fire hotter than anything they’ve ever encountered – slowly breaking down both their walls.
Will Violet be able to let go of her past and embrace a possible future with Ryder? Will Ryder let Violet into his own deep, dark secrets? Or will their trust issues forever doom them both from achieving their own “happily ever after”?
This book can be read as a stand alone, but for more enjoyment read them in the order of the series, as all the characters appear in future books.
Read the full BY THE LAKE SERIES:
BOOK 1: Lakeshore Secrets
BOOK 2: Lakeshore Legend
BOOK 3: Lakeshore Love
BOOK 4: Lakeshore Candy
BOOK 5: Lakeshore Lyrics
THE CALIENDO RESORT:
BOOK 1: Sunset Thunder
BOOK 2: Sunset Rivalry
BOOK 3: Sunset Sale
BOOK 4: Sunset Flare
BOOK 5: Sunset Shelter
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Violet was unhappily married to Joel and is now a single mother. She's a wedding coordinator at the Caliendo Resort, a five-star business run by her family. She's been asked to plan Joel's wedding with the woman he was seeing behind Violet's back when they were still married. Violet wears her Ice Queen mask and pretends everything is fine. She's hurt though and to make herself feel happier she has sex with Ryder in one of the hotel bathrooms. Ryder is Joel's best friend and he has a reputation, so Violet tells herself it's a one time thing and nothing more, but is that really true? Violet and Ryder can't fight their mutual attraction.Whenever they run into each other sparks fly between them. However, they both have a past and they are keeping secrets from each other and from the people who love them. Will those secrets come out eventually? Violet has a family to protect and her kids will always come first. Will Ryder and Violet have a chance together despite their difficult start and Joel's irritating interference? Sunset Thunder is a sexy romantic story. Ryder is handsome, kind and generous. He's also emotionally closed off and is more or less on his own. He doesn't have anyone he can lean on and my heart ached for him because of his lonely life. Violet is good for Ryder, but it's hard for him to let her into his world. They've been fed misassumptions about one another and giving someone their trust isn't something that is easy for both of them. Violet doesn't show her feelings, she makes sure her face is a cold mask, but underneath the cool façade there's so much spirit and passion. She's kind and caring as well and I loved the way she treats her kids. Both Violet and Ryder need unconditional love and support and I kept hoping they'd find that with each other. There's plenty of chemistry between them, but there could be so much more and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, because I was so curious about what would happen to them. Shannyn Leah's writing has an easy flow. She makes her main characters and settings come to life incredibly well. I loved the Caliendo Resort, it's a luxurious setting with plenty of interesting spaces. The Caliendos are pretty dysfunctional and there are many family secrets they struggle with. Shannyn Leah writes about them with compassion and honesty and I liked that a lot. It's such a sharp contrast with the subject of her story, family secrets and lies, and the way she brings it is both intriguing and compelling. She combines this with a wonderful love story and that works very well. I definitely enjoyed reading Sunset Thunder, it's a promising start of the Caliendo Resort series and I can't wait to read more.
Book exchanged for an honest review~ Violet Caliendo still can't believe she's hosting her ex husband's wedding in the same place as their wedding. Violet wants nothing more than this nightmare to go away but that's not happening anytime soon. Ryder Carlex can't believe his best friend Joel getting married in the same place as his previous marriage. Ryder is barely coping with all the changes in his life and work these past two years. Ryder thinks that Violet Caliendo is nothing but an Ice Queen. Yet he discovers that Violet is anything but an Ice Queen. So what other lies has Joel told Ryder about Violet? Will Violet change her mind about Ryder? Will Ryder learn the truth? Your answers await you in Sunset Thunder. This new to me author created a wonderful book that I'm eager to read more of in the future. The characters are compelling, complex, raw, honest, and intriguing too. Definitely a book series to get into.
Violet is a puzzle within a puzzle. Her past has soured her on the institution of marriage and after her own divorce, she now helps others plan there weddings. Huh? Her past meets her present when she ends up entangled in planning her ex's upcoming wedding. Add in a best man she loathes more than her ex husband and the soap opera begins. Sunset Thunder puts the loco in crazy. The surprises are scandalous, the relationships titillating and the drama amplifies from uh-oh to HELL NO, rather quickly. Sunset Thunder took wrong to high frequency levels and delivered a performance that I'll not soon forget. On my list of re-reads.
I loved Violet and Ryder's story! This is the first book in Shannyn Leah's The Caliendo Resort series and the first book of hers that I've read. It was amazing! I will most definitely be reading more books by Shannyn. Violet doesn't believe in "happy ever afters" any longer, not after her loveless marriage left her wounded and skittish about any kind of emotional attachments with men at all. She is finding it extremely difficult to trust men in her life. Ryder isn't looking for love, but it finds him and with the least likely person ever. He doesn't quite know how it happened, but his long time friend's ex-wife has made him stand up and take notice. She is nothing like how his friend has portrayed her all of these years, but can Ryder open his heart up for love when there is a possibility of it getting broken? I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.