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Shattered Illusions (Hudson Island #2) by Christina Sol

ABOUT THE BOOK

Roxie Jameson is often called a workaholic. She prefers to call herself driven. As the owner of Comfort Food, a café and catering company on Hudson Island, she embraces the constant hustle of entrepreneurial life. Especially since her jam-packed to-do list gives her zero time to dwell on how tired and lonely she is. But when her archnemesis—and former best friend—returns to the island, Roxie’s structured schedule gets thrown off course.

Joe Buchanan has resigned from the FBI and returns home to Hudson Island without a plan. He’s at a crossroads both professionally and personally. However, before he can determine his next move, he must fix the friendship with Roxie that he so callously destroyed three years ago—and acknowledge his long-denied feelings for her.

While Roxie and Joe learn to forgive their past mistakes, they find themselves increasingly and irresistibly drawn together. But when a mysterious threat emerges, will their fragile relationship endure? And will they find a way to trust each other before it’s too late?

MY REVIEW

Best friends to enemies to lovers is one my favorite tropes, and book 2 of Christina Sol’s Hudson Island series is a hit. The characters are genuine, the plot is gripping, and the romantic tension is off the charts. 

The story follows Joe and Roxie, two childhood best friends who became enemies due to a misunderstanding. Joe has just resigned from his post in the FBI and returned to his hometown, not knowing that Roxie has taken up residence in his home. Roxie is busy running her new bakery and catering business and has no time for Joe’s snide remarks. When the truth about their falling out is uncovered, Joe vows to make it up to Roxie, but is it too late?

Despite some idiotic blunders, Joe proves himself to be a true hero by going into protector mode when Roxie starts receiving strange photos and threats. As their relationship develops into something more than just friends, readers are left wondering who is behind the threats and how their story will unfold.

One of the things that sets this book apart is the depth of the characters. Roxie and Joe are flawed, but they’re also relatable and easy to root for. Their friend Quinn and his wife Alex provide much-needed voices of reason, while Joe’s sweet dad’s reaction to their relationship is a heartwarming addition to the story.

This book has it all – humor, angst, suspense, and romance. It’s no wonder readers are eagerly anticipating the rest of the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a captivating read that will leave you wanting more.

Thank you to Ms. Sol for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

Hudson Island Series

Shattered Vows (2023)
2 Shattered Illusions (2023
Shattered Dreams (2024)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Sol is an award-winning author who writes what she loves to read — romance books filled with heart, heat, and suspense.

An avid reader from the get-go, Christina was obsessed with The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, Christopher Pike, and all things V. C. Andrews. Her love for romance started with the Sunfire books, a YA historical romance series. Caroline by Willo Davis Roberts was her favorite of the series, and a copy of the 1984 novel is one of her most treasured possessions. Then she discovered Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts. And never looked back. She’s still a voracious reader and enjoys all genres of romance, but leans toward romantic suspense and dark romance.

Christina’s love of reading sparked the question: could she write the dream book she wanted to read? In 2005, she gave it a shot and wrote her first novel during NaNoWriMo. Then she quickly realized she had a lot to learn. She immediately joined the Greater Seattle RWA and has been involved in the romance writing community ever since. After a looong journey, Christina published her first book, Redemption, in June 2022.

She lives in the inland Pacific Northwest with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing, reading, or knitting, she’s watching football or fueling her planner, sticker, and washi-tape obsession.

Follow Christina on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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