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Paperback 280 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Claudia Burgoa
The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.
I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discovered is the separation of my parents. Their unorthodox ways may have driven me bonkers, but knowing they are no longer together is unacceptable.
That’s why I decided to rattle their cage by reminding at least one of my parents of the past and the reason they belong together. They need to remember why their love is so perfect and why they have to fight to keep it alive. Even if it means I have to dredge up some of my own painful memories along the way.
Back in the early eighties, I set myself to succeed in the financial world. The first step had been moving to New York City to become a stockbroker, but things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. Instead, I ended up making movies and by the end of the decade, Gabe Colt had become a famous name. The downside to my career of choice: the paparazzi. In order to protect my family and our privacy, I maintained my family away from the circus. It had been for their own good; a decision we had made before we started our family.
However, those past decisions ended up chasing my entire family away and now I’m trying to put the pieces back together along with my little girl.
For what it's worth, I'm sorry. I had no idea, I say. You see, I'm internally damaged. Emotionally dead, no longer among the living when it comes to the heart-to-heart thing. Without a heart, my internal common sense doesn't function and I couldn't see that I was with a taken man. If you choose to shoot me, I don't blame you but know, you'll leave behind...no one to cry for me.
I created my own veil of protection, the one that became a big brick wall by the time I was twenty-one. It took ten years for me to build ad only days to seal it, isolating myself from everyone.
Say the F word one more time AJ and I'll put you in a time out. I warn her. The three of them explode into laughter. It's like watching them fifteen years ago when their innocence knew nothing about the fucked up world.
I literally fall in love with every single character this author writes about. I've been following Claudia's work since her first novel and have just fallen more in love with each and every book she writes. I can't even describe how much I adore the female protagonist A.J in this novel. She is beyond believable, independent, yet needy at the same time. And Gabe? Well...he is such a great addition to this heart pounding story.
What I loved most about this book was every single time I thought I knew what was coming, I ended up being completely off. This book surprises you at every turn. The story goes back and forth from A.J or Ainsley's story as to why she walked out on her family (brothers and Dad) three years ago to the story of how Gabe's (Dad) story evolved. A.J & Gabe come together to learn about each other and try to understand each other. It was very heartwarming to see an author depict a father/daughter relationship as the focal point of a novel, instead of the typical boy meets girl that we are constantly reading about.
Claudia definitely uses this book to write emotionally charged scenes on very sensitive subject matter. This book is mature in theme and it is NOT for the faint of heart. That being said, this book is for those of you looking to experience a fantastic book with perfectly woven chapters that just keep picking up in speed and plot points until the bitter end.
The more I read of this book, the more I was afraid to finish it. Since it is the first book in Claudia's new series, I was skeptical as to how it would end. A big cliff hanger? A last chapter that captivates you and infuriates you at the same damn time? Well....I'm not going to say but I will say this: The ending is simply magnificent and it just makes me that much more excited for the next installment in this series.
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About the author:
She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.