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Risking it All: Hidden Falls #3 by T.J. Kline

Risking it All: Hidden Falls #3 by T.J. Kline

T.J. Kline returns to the blog today with the third book in her contemporary romance series, Hidden Falls.  Please read on for my review and an excerpt, check out the other tour stops to see what people thought and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where Avon  is giving away a print set of the HIdden Falls Series, Books 1 & 2.  But first 

Risking it All

A deceptively twisty set of circumstances brings us a riveting story that is ultimately about love, redemption and family in multiple configurations of that combination. Andrew has changed over the years after a broken heart – now closed off and determined to not let anyone under his skin, and then Gia returns after a long absence. Coming back to Hidden Falls was not really in Gia’s plans, she left in a rush after her engagement to Andrew was, she thought. Completely ruined. Planning to put the experience and her sister in her rear view mirror, she’d been going against type: always the reliable child, no one expected her to run. But, now with her father ill and the business needing her, she’s back with one very unusual addition – a baby.

The interplay between Gia and her sister Lorna is just gripping: always the troublemaker with no sense of responsibility, Lorna caused upheaval when the girls were younger due to her spitefulness. Now, relying on Gia to follow form and do what is right, she’s left her baby with Gia, and disappeared again. So Gia and the baby Bella leave San Diego and return to Texas, and Gia has two things on her mind: her father and his illness and repairing the damage in her family that Lorna very clearly causes and fuels. She’s not interested in Andrew –seeing him, talking to him, even accepting the apology that she feels is overdue are not on her to do list.

And then – she and Andrew are just as electric and compatible as before, with plenty of moments where he goes the extra distance to convince her that they are meant for one another, no matter what. There shouldn’t be more difficulty for the two of them – but of course, things happen and Andrew is again finding himself in a precarious position. Much could have been solved earlier had Gia been honest about why she left in the first place, and who knows if she wil ever open up and really share with Andrew And of course, there is Lorna’s influence and part to play in this story both with her jealousy of Gia and general need to disrupt her happiness and the fact that she dumped Bella, expecting someone else to raise her while she continues to bulldoze her way through life and her family.

A wonderfully complex story that will have you cheering for Andrew and Gia, adoring the baby Bella, and wanting to find a large mallet to whack Lorna about the head, repeatedly. Full of growth, compassion, those situations that only family can place you in, and how you choose to react when you discover that with love, patience and someone on your side no matter what, all things are possible.

 

Risking it All: Hidden Falls #3 by T.J. Kline

Title: Risking it All
Author: T.J. Kline
Series: Hidden Falls #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 9780062651860
Published on: 2 May, 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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About the Book:

Andrew McQuaid wasn't always the local playboy. Once upon a time, he wanted to spend the rest of his life with one woman-Gia Mancuso. When he made a mistake and lost her, he decided he wasn't meant to have a happy-ever-after. Now, Gia's come back to town, with a baby in tow, and it might just mean a second chance at forever, if he can convince her that he never stopped loving her.

Ten years after leaving, Gia finds herself back in Hidden Falls. Between helping her ailing father save the family restaurant and taking care of the baby her sister left on her doorstep, she doesn't have time for the man who once broke her heart. But Andrew is all grown-up now, in every single way. And the part of her that has always been his can't quite say no to his tempting kisses.

Just when Gia begins to open her heart, a devastating secret emerges that threatens to destroy her family and any future with Andrew. Are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of their past or can Andrew convince Gia that she's always been his one and only?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

The soft crunch of gravel jerked her upright as headlights bathed the interior of her car in white light, blinding her. Reports of women being carjacked, kidnapped, or murdered filled her mind, and she hurried to snap the buckle of Bella’s seat again. Dropping the bottle, she lunged forward, attempting to climb over the console into the driver’s seat to get the hell away from whatever killer might be approaching her car.

It took only a few seconds to realize how big a mistake she’d made.

Gia had always been well endowed, but she’d never expected her curves to get her stuck partway between her front and back seats. She wiggled, trying to twist sideways to make it easier to pull her forward. Gripping the edge of the steering wheel, Gia used it for leverage, tucking one knee under her as she tried to force herself through. It was no use. She was hopelessly stuck, now unable to move forward or back. She was a miserable excuse for a guardian and prayed her stupidity wasn’t about to end with her and Bella on tomorrow’s news, murdered on the side of the highway, mere minutes from their destination.

She craned her neck to see the flash of red and blue lights washing through the back window for the car as a thin white beam of light slashed through the window, into her eyes. She held up a hand, trying to make out any of the features of who she prayed was really a cop, even if it meant someone would witness her embarrassing predicament. The back door opened and Gia heard a deep rumble of laughter.

“What brings you back to town, Gia?”

Gia closed her eyes, wishing she could crawl under her car. How was it possible that after nearly ten years of avoiding him, she was now caught in this position by the one man she never wanted to see again, the same one who’d broken her stupidly naïve heart at nineteen?

“Andrew McQuaid,” she muttered to herself. He shone the light on her rear end, and irritation welled. “You think instead of ogling my ass you might actually help me?”

She felt the hands that had carried her to her first heights of ecstasy reach for either side of her hips. The same hands she’d sworn would never touch her again after she found out about that bastard’s cheating ways.

“Hey,” she squealed, trying to squirm away from his touch, willing herself to ignore the way her heart leapt into her throat. “What the hell are you doing?”

“Exactly what you asked me to do. I’m helping you.”

“Not like that!” She swung a hand at him, slapping her own butt in the process, but at least he let go of her.

“How exactly do you propose I help, then?”

“I don’t know. You’re the cop.”

Andrew laughed, still leaning into her car, bent over awkwardly behind her. “Honey, I really don’t see any other way.”

She glared at him over her shoulder. “Don’t call me that.”

“Fine.” Andrew moved into the car, practically sitting in the back seat, and slid one hand through an opening by her waist, in front of her bent knee. The other slid around her calf and managed to pull it out from under her. “There. I’m going to tip your right hip down, but you’re going to have to manage to twist your shoulders to fit… um…” He searched for a polite term he could call her boobs. “… the girls through,” he finished with a chuckle.

Gia felt the rush of heat flood her face. “Let’s just get this over with.”

Andrew’s hands closed on her hips again, practically cupping her right butt cheek in his palm. “Bend your right knee and I’m going to pull on three. One… two… three.”

Gia managed to twist her body as Andrew pulled her backward, and she slid through the space as if she’d never been stuck at all. Andrew dropped into the seat, carrying her with him. Gia landed in his lap with one of his muscular forearms under her breasts, the other hand cupping her inner thigh, sending a blast of heat between her legs. It was the worst reaction she could have ever imagine having.

Until she realized that hard ridge beneath her rear wasn’t his gun.

 

 

About T.J. Kline

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

 

 

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