Collins Drake exercises control over all facets of his life. From his business, to satisfying his physical needs ... it all happens on his command.
So when a woman shows up at his door and reminds him of a promise they made each other when they were just ten years old, it shouldn’t have the ability to rock his entire world.
Yet it does.
Because Mia Monroe wasn't just his childhood best friend, she wasn't just the girl he lost his virginity to and hasn't seen since, she's the one exception to his perfect control. And piece by piece, she's about to tear apart his carefully laid plans.
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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels HARD TO LOVE, UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS, RESISTING HER and THE IMPACT OF YOU. She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest books news.
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Review by Michelle:
The Drake brothers seems to have it all; wealth, success, and brains. Not to mention, you would be hard pressed to find three hotter brothers. Collins Drake has always been the most mysterious and intriguing of the three. When Filthy Beautiful Forever was announced I was extremely excited to finally find out more about this reticent man, about his past as the oldest brother in a family that lost their mother far too soon and all of the responsibilities that brings, about his secretive love life, and about his uncertain forever.
Collins turned out to be just as puzzling as promised, just as stern, just as serious, but much more fun, sensitive, and caring than imagined. Mia's fun loving and childlike personality is the perfect match for Collins' seriousness, his determination, and his sullenness.
The childhood promise seems to be a recurring theme lately and although I always love the second chance spin, this particular promise that is revisited after 15 long years of absolutely no contact wasn't really the high point of the story for me. I can definitely see how Collins and Mia could not keep each other from their thoughts or memories over the years, but traveling across the country to collect on a promise that was made by innocent 10 years olds that really had no idea what they were agreeing to from someone that you know virtually nothing about anymore seemed a bit farfetched for me. That said, I really loved the connection that Mia and Collins had, their childhood memories, and the way that they seemed to bring out the best in each other. I really believed in the two as a couple and maybe would have found their promise a bit easier to swallow if perhaps they had reconnected first instead of for the sole purpose of fulfilling their agreement.
I was also troubled by Collins' continued relationship with Tatianna. Regardless of whether Mia has reentered his life or not, it was hard to understand why he was staying with Tatianna other than convenience when he could clearly have just about any woman he wants and he was obviously not happy with her. It was pretty frustrating to watch him so happy and carefree with Mia, so seemingly miserable and detached from Tatianna, and putting everyone through the wringer when he was clinging to a lifeless, "easy" relationship. Whether Collins was to break things off with Tatianna early on or not, the resulting lightness and fun once Mia returns to his life is refreshing and welcome change in his demeanor.
As always Kendall Ryan brings the steam, but this time around there is all sorts of unexplored sexual tension. It's easy to see that these two want each other bad and although they were not completely hands off since Collins was in a relationship I was glad that at least a bit of restraint was shown. This, close-to-irresistible pull definitely makes for some sweltering moments that are sure to make your heart pound.
As the fourth and final book in the Filthy Beautiful Lies series, Filthy Beautiful Forever does not disappoint. Each brother in this series was able to find exactly what he needed, just when he needed it. Filthy Beautiful Forever is a sweet and touching second chance story in which we get to see plenty of the other brothers and their families with a beautiful and fitting ending to all of their stories.
Rating: 4 Stars