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    When true love and life have the chance to sync up

    I liked this book. It was nice to revisit these two key characters, Clara and Gio, and see what would happen between them when given the chance. The book takes place eight years after Tough Love and we get reintroduced to Clara, who’s settled comfortably into a safe, college life. She’s an artist rendering the vision of her lost love in everything she does. I do wish Clara was a bit stronger, given all that she’s been through. Perhaps, it was Honor’s (Clara’s older sister and my favourite hero of the Stripped series, as she is perfection) encompassing, protective love that shielded her from that part of herself. I can only guess. For a time she has a typical douchey jock boyfriend that she knows quite resoundingly is no good for her. Then she gets whisked away by the ghost of true love past. But he isn’t like the boy she remembered, the one that she loved desperately, the one she thought she lost. He’s a hardened soul. The kind that reknits itself back together after it’s broken into pieces. I would’ve like to have learned more about what he endured over the last eight years, so I could have better understood his choices and his rise to prominence. Maybe even see some of Clara’s memories through his eyes as he watched over. Even as this changed man, he still had a small sliver of the boy he was, and that first love sustained him as he charted through his maze -- i.e. chosen career path. That sliver was very powerful. The fact that he was her guardian angel and love her the entire time she was haunted by him, was incredibly romantic. The fact that he preserved his heart and his body was sweetness beyond words. Not sure if this was the end of the series, but if it was it has been wonderful to see how our girls turned out and got the lives they deserved.
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    Revisiting old loves

    It was wonderful to catch up with Clara and Gio!! We first met them in Tough Love and I, for one, am thrilled to read the rest of their story!! The story sucked me right in and made my heart race!! I really thought Gio was a jerk, but by the end of the story I was hooked!! Reading the eloquent words of Skye made me feel like I was that fly on the wall watching it all happen in front of me. I suggest you read Tough Love first (it's free) but it's not a must, it just gives you a wonderful background of how Clara and Gio fell in love and what happened to separate them. So I highly recommend this book and I really hope you do yourself a favor and buy it!! This book is VERY well written and a treat to devour!!
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    A perfect fairy tale ending for Clara and Gio!

    It wasn't easy to for them to get there, in fact, everything seemed impossible and against them, like, everything and everyone. It isn't easy to figure out where to start, so let's look at Gio, what he endured and what he did to protect Clara, even when she didn't realize it was happening. Who he worked with, and against, all his life, he did everything for her. When he said, and the 3/4 mark in the book, it was you or nothing, to Clara, he meant it for his life, not just that moment. He truly was a dark fairy tale prince for his princess, in the scary woods where they would live Clara always knew it was him as well, and even death couldn't cure her of that knowledge. She was waiting for him, and facts didn't deter her heart from that path. He was her first and only crush, her one and only love, and she shows him in so many ways. Her near worship of him when she is reunited with him, breathtaking. Her affirmation that it will always be him no matter who or what he becomes, heart stopping Needless to say, this story started this series, and it was well worth the wait for these two to mature, to finally get their HEA. It has it all, with a twinge of melancholy, a bit of hurt, and whole lot of heart and heat. A perfect ending for a troubled couple in an imperfect world
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    Wat een geweldige serie

    Na het eerste boek kon ik niet meer stoppen en ben ik verslaafd aan de boeken van Skye Warren. Geweldig.
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    5 Stars!

    I have been waiting for Giovanni's story for a while!!! I was so excited for this book and I wasn't disappointed! We met Giovanni and Clara in Tough Love and this book takes our characters in a tumultuous ride full of darkness, danger and endless love!!! Skye Warren is my to go author when I want something gritty and emotional. This book is even more romantic than her previous books in the series and in a way more intimate. Clara is living the life her sister has fought for; away from danger and darkness. They are finally away from the mafia. She is in college, she is an amazing artist and she has a boyfriend. But not everything is as it seems. Shane, her boyfriend, is certainly not like Giovanni, the man she still loves. Giovanni was the man she promised herself to but he is also the man she left behind when she escaped with her sister. Life and fate has an odd way of bringing people together and when these two get together again love gets even deeper and more complicated. Why? Because Giovanni is not dead like Clara believed. He is very much alive and he is back into her life to either save her or condemn her. But Giovanni is not the boy she remembers. He is older, darker, rougher; he is a changed man full of scars. He is also the new Capo in the place of her father. When Giovanni decides to bring the mafia princess back into the family, Clara is in for a big surprise. Is Giovanni the man he was or is he back to claim her life as his own? Forced into an unbelievable situation, Clara must make choices; she must also guard her heart. Great character development!! I didn't expect the twists and turns and I fell in love with this story. Definitely one of my favorites in the series. The author manages to capture the reader's attention and her unique writing kept me glued to my seat. Fantastic story and well worth the wait!!!! I highly recommend it! 5 Stars
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