When Decker Morgan returns to Torey Hope, he has no time for love and distractions. Always in control, his loyalties lie with himself and his family. His only interest is putting down roots and expanding his family’s business.
Kate Turner had planned to leave Torey Hope after college, but she found that being there for her family took precedence. When she lands her dream job working for Decker at his family’s business, The Center+, she realizes that Torey Hope is where she’s supposed to be.
When Decker hires Kate she turns his world upside down. She’s brilliant, funny, beautiful, and completely off limits, due to Decker’s self-imposed rules concerning work and family. Kate knows a secret that will make their attraction for one another a little less taboo, but she needs to convince Decker to take a chance.
Decker has to decide if he’ll give in to a forbidden romance or keep his tight control firmly in hand. Kate is possibly his perfect girl, but unexpected chaos and havoc at work threaten to tear her away.
Will he find the courage to let go or will he lose the only girl he’s ever wanted to keep close?
**This is a contemporary romance with suspenseful elements intended for readers age 18+ due to mature language, sexual situations, and violence. While there are no male/male sex scenes in this story, there are some detailed descriptions of male/male relationships.**
* 4 Stars *
First book I have read by A.D Ellis, this can be read as a standalone as it technically a spin off from an earlier series, however I Would recommend reading the Torey Hope books before hand as it can get very confusing with all the characters and their families.
Decker has a good sensible head on his shoulder, ever since he was a little boy he knew he wanted to go into the family business and run The Centre. He studied hard at college for 4 years to complete this goal and only had his girlfriend Angela as she was convenient, like him she was always business minded so it was easy to schedule there life’s around each other. However once college was over, Decker broke up with her as they were both heading in different directions – literally, she was heading to New York & he was heading back home to Torey Hope.
Katie Turner is back home, she left after high school and also returned back after college, however Katie Turner wasn’t her name back then, so when Decker phone interviews her for the assistant manager job at the The Centre, he has no idea who he is in fact speaking to. Turns out Katie was Decker’s twin brothers girlfriend back in high school – yet when Decker & Katie see each other, they both realize that working together might be a hell of lot harder to do when you have uncontrollable feelings for each other.
When someone tries messing with The Centre, will Decker be able to focus on the dream he’s had since he was a child? Or will he choose love over life?
I wish I Could say I loved this book but I cant – did i enjoy it? Yes, it was funny in some parts and in others, it really gripped me – yet when It started getting all complicated with family names and how intertwined they all are I kinda drifted off and felt myself skipping pages to get back to the story line. I loved some of the characters, especially Kendrick & Sawyer, so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for their respective stories.
*I recieved an ARC for an honest opinion*
She was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends and family were not such book enthusiasts, so A.D. got used to dealing with snickers and joking comments about her constant reading habits.
A.D. always dreamed of being a teacher. Graduating from Indiana State University in 1999 and earning a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003, she met her goal of entering the world of education. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana for 15 years. She spent the majority of her 15 years in fourth grade, but has now taken on the challenges of teaching 3rd and 4th grade alternative education students. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students don’t always share in that enthusiasm.
A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. She lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and running.
A.D. began her writing journey in October 2013 and she is grateful for the friends and support she’s found along the way.