Sunday, February 7, 2016

Three Sacred Words (Golden Arrow #2) by Christina Lee: Review

Blurb:
 
From the author of Two of Hearts comes a standalone adult romance about finding love where you least expect it.

Meadow Starr has worked in housekeeping at the Golden Arrow Casino since she was legal. Raising her son, Joaquin, without the support of her parents or the child’s father was not something she had ever envisioned. Neither was pushing a broom, scraping money together to pay the bills, or living in a trailer park on the reservation. Little does she expect her worst nightmare and her best dream to show up in town at the exact same time.

Federal Marshal Alex Flores returns to the reservation where he helped solve a murder investigation last year. He’s never forgotten the mesmerizing woman with the luminous smile and world-weary eyes. Too bad the fugitive on this new case has led him straight to her doorstep. Meadow will never give up Joaquin’s father, not if her wary gaze or her tight set jaw is any indication.

Meadow’s draw to Alex is immediate, but no way she’s going to trade attraction for history, longing for heritage. When the stakes become higher and Alex steps in to protect Meadow and her child from the very man she was willing to defend, he can’t help falling for them both. Who knew something so wrong could feel so right? But as the lines continue to blur, something’s got to give, and Alex isn’t certain he can walk away so easily from love.


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About the Author:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

NA Contemporary Romance ALL OF YOU, out now (Penguin/InterMix). BEFORE YOU BREAK in February and WHISPER TO ME in May, 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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Review by Michelle:

With Three Sacred Words Christina Lee is back again bringing all the sweet and steamy romance, the gripping suspense, and of course the electrifying sexual tension we know and love her for along with an adorable little boy who is sure to steal your heart and the nearly impossible choice his mother is forced to make.

I loved the uniqueness of the first book, Two of Hearts, a narrative that centers around a casino on an Indian reservation. Ripe with Native American heritage and tradition, Two of Hearts took on a subject that very few have addressed in this genre before. In Three Sacred Words we find ourselves right back on the same reservation, with another employee of the same casino, and another Federal Marshal who shows up and sweeps the heroine right off of her feet. Sounds familiar, yes, but only in the best way possible. This story is just as unique and refreshing as the first as we return to the enamoring community with all of its distinct history, culture, and even difficulties and add to it a struggling single mother and the criminal that binds her to the handsome Marshal.

Life on a reservation has its own unique set of complications and unfortunately, many times hardship is one of them. Following the wealthiest family on the reservation and merely hearing about the plight of the people in the previous book is a whole lot different than seeing it first hand through Meadow's eyes. Three Sacred Words is a whole new perspective on reservation life. One in which some are forced to do without even the most basic necessities and others find themselves doing whatever it takes to provide for themselves and their families.

Meadow is a woman that is exceedingly loyal, fiercely protective, and more than a bit guarded. She's a tough nut to crack. Luckily Alex's willingness to share personal bits and pieces and show a little vulnerability now and then helped to soften Meadow's tough exterior and eventually let him in just the tiniest bit. Turns out that little bit is all the room a charming, respectable, and thoughtful man like Alex really needs.

While my favorite start to a relationship is usually an antagonistic one because of all the pent up passion and emotion it usually entails, I find in this case, a reluctant is be even better. When one or both of the characters are not just adamantly warding off any sort of relationship, but are also determined to mistrust and begrudge the other but then slowly their resolve is chipped away and little by little hearts are warmed and become open to more possibilities, that's the good stuff. Oh, and all those pent up feelings? The torrent when the floodgates are finally opened? Yeah, it is just as impressive and maybe even more satisfying.

Cute, sweet, sultry, and fun with just the right amount of danger and suspense, Three Sacred Words is a story that has it all and a shining example of why Christina Lee is a must read, favorite author of mine.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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