First Light (Haven Island #3) by Isabel Jolie
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He could be my savior…or my downfall…
I was living a lie. No one knew who I really was. Letting someone in could’ve been devastating for my family. For the most part, isolation wasn’t a hardship. It’s not like I was looking for love or any kind of serious relationship.
But then I met Logan. I tried to keep my distance. He wouldn’t let me. Logan is gentle, kind, and loving. Everything I never knew I needed in my life. He’s also a cop—exactly the kind of man who’d never understand my truth. So, while he shared his deepest, darkest secrets, I kept mine hidden.
Too bad I couldn’t keep my heart locked away, too. Because now, I’m falling for a man who can never be mine. Not truly, anyway.
How can I ask him to be my future when I can’t even let him help me survive my present?
This is my second Isabel Jolie book, the first being Lost on the Way. Ms. Jolie’s characters are realistic with all of their flaws and merits as they survive life’s battles. In this case, Logan, a former Chicago police detective, has survived a bad divorce and is moving on at a slower pace in Haven Island as a Public Security Officer. Cali, on the other hand, is living a lie in isolation and loneliness as she protects her brother’s unethical and illegal activities waiting to have her chance at normal. Normal will have her paying a price for happiness.
First of all, I want to say that Logan is a keeper. He is so kind and thoughtful toward Cali as he slowly woos her and brings her out of her shell. He also flies across the country to be with her during a tragic time in her life. As for Cali, I am not her number one fan. She is a brilliant translator and tutor who is extremely naive about her brother’s criminal activities. She’s helping him hide things for goodness sake. She is compassionate and truly cares for Logan, but she intentionally lies to him knowing it would be unforgivable due to Logan’s past. If you ask me, she needed to grovel some more. Don’t worry; there is a happily ever after. It just seemed too rushed and neatly tied up at the end for me. By the way, I didn’t like Cali’s brother Erik or her father either. They just up and left the country leaving her behind at such a horrible time. Who does that?
I did find the topics of cybercrime and hacktivists using fake profiles in social media to be very fascinating and very real in our world today.
Overall, this was an intriguing romantic suspense novel with forbidden love and a difficult secret to keep.
Thank you to Ms. Jolie for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.
When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.
Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day. #mood.