Step-Lover

by Bella Jewel

You’ll only ever have one forbidden love. 

Care to know why?

Because when you find it, forbidden love that is, you’ll forget everything else. You’ll forget your first kiss. You’ll forget the first boy who made you smile. You’ll forget all the bad, and remember all the good. You’ll forget that it’s wrong. You’ll forget that it hurts. You’ll forget everything that came before him. 

Forbidden love, it has a way of changing you. The secrets. The lies. The guilt. You want something so much you no longer care about the world around you. The passion takes away the pain. I’ve felt it. I’ve lived it. I didn’t need it, but it chose me. 

I met him before I knew. I loved him before I knew. 

I didn’t know that he was my stepbrother. I knew I had stepbrothers, but I didn’t know he was one of them. Now I know, I have to walk away. My mom, she deserves this happiness so much more than I do. If she ever knew…it would destroy her. 

You have to understand why.

I saw my father die right in front of my tiny, eight year old eyes. He took my sister with him. All that’s left is my mother and I. She’s found her happy place, the only place she’s had since our worlds were destroyed. 

So you see, I can’t have him. 

I can’t want him.  

But there’s this problem with passion, and love, and destiny. 

It doesn’t give you a damned choice.

 

Synopsis

An all new standalone novel. This isn't related to any other series by Bella Jewel.

Aria is a 19 year old girl who has braved such tragedy in her life. At the age of 8, her life and that of her families was totally and irrevocably ruined. A journey that should have been a simple one, took away two of the most important people in her life; her father and sister who she watched die in front of her. Life has been difficult since then, for both herself and her mother. However life is starting to look up. Nancy, her mom, has finally met someone that can make her happy. Jack is the opposite of her father, but loves her mother very much, this only brings Aria happiness. She likes Jack, but doesn't need a replacement father, or indeed siblings. They could never replace Milly and she could never develop that kind of relationship with them.

When Jack and Nancy suggest a month at his Lake house during the summer before college to bond and meet Jack's 3 sons whom she has never met, she goes to make them happy. What she doesn't expect is a beautiful memory from her past to appear and one that could tear apart her mothers new found happiness.

OMG, I loved this book. I love Bella Jewel's writing, but I have to tell you that this is a complete departure from the type of books she usually writes. Nevertheless the writing as expected is superb and the pace and storyline is as addictive as any other book in her back catalogue.

I loved the whole will they won't they feel. I loved the fact that Aria and Blade had a connection that was so strong, they struggled to fight it. I loved that they tried to fight it for the new family situation that they find themselves in and for the love that their parents have found together. But the thing I loved most was the fact that these 2 separate families became one unit, even though they don't want or need to be so. This isn't just a love story, it is a story of moving on from the past and finding support and happiness amongst others.

The secondary characters in this book are fab, and it is as much their story as Aria and Blade's. The final page was a brilliant surprise and I look forward to reading at least 1 future book about the characters featured in this one.

Bella Jewel never fails me. Her books are always super hot, fast paced and well written. This is a must read book by one of my automatic 1-click authors.

 

Emma  - 5 Crowns

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