Release Date: Aug 12, 2019
Series: Advertisements for Love
Heat Level: Hot
The story opens up where Ruth and Adam have eloped. They are on their way to his family’s house but a potential danger is lurking around, forcing them to try to get to safety quickly. They never make it as both Ruth and Adam are brutally attacked.
Years later, Ruth is still struggling over her loss. Her family doesn’t believe she ever married anyone as she didn’t send word when she got eloped. They believe she was sleeping around and she became pregnant. She is really treated horrible by her family. Ruth is deadest on proving that her deceased husband is not a figure of her imagination.
She embarks on a journey with her sister and discovers that Adam has “family” and little does she know, she never really knew her husband. Wycliff/Adam is shocked to see Ruth again. He must pretend to be someone else in order to protect her. He kept many secrets and they almost cost him their lives.
This story is definitely a mix bag for me. I truly enjoyed reading about people of color during a time when their stories are not emphasized. Ruth and Wycliff experience so many traumas to get to their HEA. The beginning of the story lured me in with the brutal description of their separation. The author really stayed inside each character’s head so it was a lot of pain to absorb right away.
Once Ruth meets Wycliff/Adam things start to turn for her. She is a bit shocked that she finds another man outside of her “deceased” husband attractive. Wycliff still believe it is dangerous and he won’t reveal his identity yet. However, seeing that Ruth has suffered and is very scared of the outside world, it fuels him to hurry to seek vengeance on those who hurt them.
The mystery element is the best part of the story. From the beginning of the story, I wanted to understand what was truly happening. The author unfolded everything gradually. The romantic tone is muted against the mystery backdrop. The author writes in a strange way as if the characters are telling the readers what is occurring and not letting them see the events unfold. I think this makes it hard for me to stay in the flow of the story.
As they discover their love for one another, drama picks up as the bad guys are still around. Wycliff is not the man he used to be and handles this situation very well. I was happy for Ruth and Wycliff.