I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Splendor captured my heart from the beginning of page one until the very end. This beautiful, passionate, intense love story is the epitome of romance.
Ian Gregson is a very powerful man. He runs a multibillion dollar hotel empire that spans all over the world. He is obviously very rich, powerful, and desirable. He is married to his work. Always has been. Enter Tessa Lockwood, a new employee to his company. She is much younger than Ian, beautiful, oh and married. From the moment Ian locks his gaze on Tessa he is a changed man. He wants what he can’t have. Tessa feels the pull towards Ian, but she is faithful to her husband. Also as a company rule, dating is not allowed. With the stacks against them, neither one is allowed to give in. But love doesn’t see obstacles. It breaks through them. This is not a cheating story. It is about two individuals not truly knowing and understanding love until they’ve met each other. That true love always wins.
“Didn’t you know I was lost for my entire life until I met you?”
Ian and Tessa exude electricity whenever they are within the same room. Without spoiling the story, we get to see them on their journey through life and falling in love. We learn that the circumstances they have brought them together. Love isn’t easy, but true love knows no boundaries.
“I will slay dragons for you, my love, and whatever monsters might try and hurt you.”
Ian and Tessa were only existing when they met each other. Ian worked night and day, tirelessly to continue to grow his business. Tessa worked hard just to stay afloat financially. Both of them just coast through life. Until each other. Tessa awakens the alpha and passionate man Ian has inside of him. She ignites a spark within him that he never knew existed. She changed his life. Ian made Tessa realize that she never knew love until him. That love can be raw, passionate, consuming. That love feels good. Ian and Tessa are no longer existing, they are living.
"My sweet, darling girl. You are the love of my life."
I cannot explain the excitement when I found out Ian was getting a book. I absolutely adored book one, Serendipity. From the moment I met him, I was hoping (and BEGGING!) for him to get his own book. The author must have heard my cries (or not!) that he needed his own book. Whoever she listened to, I am grateful! Splendor does not disappoint. Ian is more than I could have ever imagined. He is the ultimate romantic. From the way he lusts after Tessa to his words, his actions, EVERYTHING.
Splendor is such a flawlessly written love story. The author has a true talent in story telling. You will not want to put this book down. The story allows you to get lost within the characters and their lives. You become completely captivated in their love. Ian and Tessa’s story is one that will stay with me for some time. Love always perseveres. Love always wins.
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, with her first ebook Serendipity published in December 2013. Splendor is book two of six in the Inevitable series, each book a standalone with no cliffhangers.
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