Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.
Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.
The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.
In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.
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This story grabbed me from the very first page. It took my heart hostage the entire time. An entire day later I’m still thinking about it.
“Oh Smith. You can’t save everyone.”
“I can try.”
“And so I will.”
Navy Seal, Smith Eppington continues to fight daily after an accident not only left his body scarred, but took away his memory. Fate brings him to Carina Painter, an author that wants to interview him for a fiction novel. The moment they meet, you feel something ignite within them. A spark that neither one can explain. Due to circumstances, anything beyond a friendship is just not possible. Until it is.
“It’s like magic. Like healing. Like maybe sometimes miracles do happen.”
Smith and Carina open up in ways, neither one ever thought possible because of their pasts. As they get to know each other, they fall deeper. This is no insta love here. It’s a slow yet sensual burn as their connection builds. Life has altered them in so many ways, they’ve tried love, but never felt this before. Nothing compares to what they feel for each other now. It becomes apparent that they were to never love like this. Not this deeply. Not until each other. Words fail me as I truly try to capture the essence that is their love.
“I wish he were my first. I wish he were my last. I pray he will be the latter.”
You actually live and breathe Black and White Flowers as you read. I found myself completely enthralled and consumed by this book. The love between these two well leave you breathless. It’s a love that is timeless. One that is unyielding. Never ending. A love that is loud. Brave. Fierce. A love that goes down to their very souls. But when tragedy strikes, everything changes, and their lives become the collateral damage. But what happens when the past and lies collide? Will they survive?
“Loving you changed me completely. Loving you is painful. It’s truth. It’s lies. It’s the past. It’s my future. Loving you is always.”
Hello angst. This book keeps you on edge. You have no idea what’s coming. Or what to expect. I loved that about this story. It was not predictable at all. The writing is spellbinding in its delivery, and brilliant in its execution. The author truly has talent for writing romance that will leave you utterly breathless. You are totally consumed with Smith and Carina’s earth shattering yet beautiful story. This book will push and challenge your thoughts on love and honor. And choices. But it reminds us that throughout it all, choose love. Above anything else.
“You’re not second best. You’re not runner up. You’re the love of my life.”
Black and White Flowers was a poignant and thought provoking read. My heart soared while reading this book. Every word gave the story life. The characters I will never forget. This book is a testament to love in that love isn't always black and white. It's messy. It's risky. But always worth it. This was my first time reading this author’s work and it is definitely not my last.
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.
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