The final book of the Splendor trilogy – the conclusion, but never the ending, to a love story for the ages
All of luxury hotel heir Ian Gregson’s dreams are finally coming true. Soon he will be able to claim the beautiful woman he longed for from afar for more than two years, and she will belong to him for all time.
But as their wedding day approaches, long hidden secrets from Tessa’s past will surface and stir up all of her old fears and doubts. And Ian will once again need to convince her that their love is more than strong enough to conquer all - a love that’s destined to last for all time.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
To put it simply, this book made my heart beat. An entire week later as I write this, just thinking of this story brings me chills. How do you explain that you’ve read the most deeply rooted love story about a man that wants to give a woman his forever?
“In all the little ways you take care of me, I’ve never anyone who loved me the way you do- completely, unselfishly, and joyfully.”
Ian and Tessa are now settling into their lives preparing to finally become husband and wife. Their time together has certainly changed the both of them for the better. Ian was the type to be married to his work. But his time with Tessa has shown him that the trajectory of his life has forever changed. She is simply gravity. Tessa has found a new confidence within herself, not just as a lover, but as a woman. Ian’s love has given her the courage to find herself. But the past has its way of creeping back in. Past insecurities arise and Ian and Tessa must face them head on. And they do. In the only way they know how.
“You and I- we’re like two halves of the same person, two halves of the same soul.”
When I say this is easily one of the best love stories I’ve ever read, I say it with all sincerity.
Their love is a testament to the beauty in surrendering. When you give your heart and soul to the one that has the power to destroy it but trusting them not to. Their love is selfless. They wrap themselves up in each other to the point where you cannot tell where they end or begin. Their love is simply unyielding. Ian loves with a ferocity that can barely be described with words. His love protects. His love is brave. His love is tender, but bold. His love consumes and overwhelms. His love slays demons and darkness. Loneliness forgotten. He loves Tessa through her past and insecurities. His love conquers. Tessa is every dream Ian could ever want. She opens a place in his heart that is only reserved for her. Only meant to love her and all the joy she effortlessly brings into his life.
“Or I could just call you my beloved, so that everyone would know how much you mean to me.”
This story was told with a grace and honesty that only Ms. Nissenson could authentically deliver in a romance. The writing is just perfection. She writes with such a precision that is unparalleled. The story is crafted in a way that your heart beats with every declaration of love. The execution is flawless in its delivery. There are books that you read and then there are books such as Claim where you live and experience. The author has this innate talent in allowing her characters to tell you their story through their own eyes. You feel every emotion. The words are heart-stopping, authentic and genuine. The moments of passion and love are hot yet endearing and will have you feeling just how deeply these two love.
“The way you take care of me, make me feel safe, and cherished and protected. You have slayed every dragon, banished every ghost, chased every monster…”
Claim is the romance that every author aspires to write. It’s a romance that easily stands apart with its compelling storyline, poetic and spellbinding prose and its unforgettable characters. What a privilege it is to experience a love like Ian and Tessa’s. I loved every moment of being in their world.
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity is her first official published work. She plans five more books in the Inevitable series, with each one a standalone with new lead characters, so no cliffhangers or waiting months to see what happens next!
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