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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Riding the Storm by Delilah Hunt

Riding the Storm by Delilah Hunt
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (99 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Moonflower

For Zara Whitley, a reluctant offer from rancher Matthew Caldwell erupts into an afternoon of illicit pleasure during a thunderstorm. But her joy suddenly turns to heartache as Matthew decides to put an end to the relationship before it begins and before she has a chance to inform him of her pregnancy.

When the Montana widower learns that the woman who has been as much a friend and a temptation to him is carrying his child, his lust and desire to slake his needs inside her ripe little body escalates, but can he overcome the guilt he deals with at his wife’s death and show Zara that his heart is truly hers for the taking?

This is a passionate story of destined lovers and the turmoil and heartbreak that they endure to finally get to where they belong: together.

Matthew Caldwell and Zara Whitley became instant friends. Theirs was a friendship filled with obstacles and problems, the biggest being Matthew’s wife, Kristin. Vicious rumors and ugly innuendoes were starting to take form around them. After an unfortunate encounter, Matthew breaks off his relationship with Zara for good. He will not break his vows to his wife, even though they are heading for divorce. After a tragic accident and a year apart, Zara tries to rekindle their acquaintance. Matthew is not over the heartbreaking loss of his wife and cannot accept Zara’s kind words and friendship.

Matthew is a confused soul. He would like nothing more than for his marriage to work, but he knows it never will. Coming to the realization that his marriage is over is hard on him, but the painful decision is made and he needs to move on. There is comfort and ease in his friendship with Zara, but he feels guilty because he has romantic feelings for her. He quickly ends their relationship, but he cannot stop thinking and wanting her.

Zara has always loved Matthew. Since he was married, she was content to just be his friend. One day he almost kisses her and he immediately ends things with her even though she did nothing wrong. Devastated and sad, she moved on, never forgetting her best friend. Her pain doesn’t end there; her life is ruined by hateful lies spread by Kristin. She refuses to allow the lies to ruin her life, so she holds her head up high and carries on.

Riding the Storm takes place after they reunite during a thunderstorm. It is a chance for a new beginning, but they can’t seem to make it work. This story tells of their agonizing journey back to each other. It is gripping and well written. The emotions Ms. Hunt develops are poignant. While I was reading; I felt anger, frustration and hopelessness, but then I’d turn the page and feel joy, happiness and love. I enjoyed that Zara was able to mature from her relationship with Matthew and do what was best for her. Matthew continually frustrated me, but in the end he grabbed my heart and burrowed in.

Riding the Storm is an enjoyable read that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Hold on tight for a tantalizing ride!

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