Everyone knew Alicia Harrison’s marriage to Ilya Stern wouldn’t last. They’d grown up on a remote stretch of Quarry Street, where there were two houses, two sets of siblings, and eventually, a tangled mess of betrayal, longing, and loss. Tragedy catapulted Allie and Ilya together, but divorce—even as neighbors—has been relatively uncomplicated.
Then Ilya’s brother, Nikolai, comes home for their grandmother’s last days. He’s the guy who teased and fought with Allie, infuriated her, then fled town without a good-bye. Now Niko makes her feel something else entirely—a rush of connection and pure desire that she’s been trying to quench since one secret kiss years ago. Niko’s not sticking around. She’s not going to leave. And after all that’s happened between their families, this can’t be anything more than brief pleasure and a bad idea.
But the lies we tell ourselves can’t compete with the truths our hearts refuse to let go…
4 of 5 Stars
by Cheryl Stewart
No one believed that Alicia Harrison's marriage too Ilya Stern would last. Catapulted together by the tragic death of her sister, it was inevitable that divorce would soon follow. Even though the divorce is final they still live across the road from each other and run a business together. When Ilya's grandmother dies it has a huge affect on the entire family. When Nikolai comes home for the funeral the reminder of a secret kiss between him and Alicia is brought to the surface.
With the knowledge that he will be leaving again soon, Alicia tries to keep her distance. Unfortunately she is drawn to him no matter how hard she tries to stay away.
This is a good strong start to a new series, interested to see where Megan takes us next.
*** Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. ***