Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★☆☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Road Back from Marla Machado in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
It has been a year since Karina Hawkins learned her husband had been killed in the line of duty. Now as she does her best to raise their young twin daughters alone, Karina decides to return to work in another attempt to rebuild her broken life. But when she arrives at a tech company to begin her new role as general counsel, she has no idea what awaits her inside.
Sawyer Banks has never forgotten Karina. Although he is a man with few regrets, losing the love of his life is one of them. Now that Karina is available and he is her new boss, he has every intention of getting her back and he is not stopping until she is his again. Although their chemistry is undeniably delicious, Karina is uncertain if they can overcome the hurt and secrets between them. But when a threat from her past returns and places her family in danger, Sawyer must prove if he is strong enough to stand by her and not abandon her once again.
In this erotic romance, a widow passionately reconnects with her soul mate just as her past comes back to haunt her, leaving them both to wonder if their relationship will survive.
First Line: “The knock on the door startled me.”
When Karina Hawkins learns of her husband’s death, she is devastated. Not only did she lose the man she loves, but her young twin daughters are now left without a father…and a provider. A year after his death, Karina is forced to return to work to provide for her girls. A job as general counsel at a tech company seems like the perfect fit for starting over, but when she arrives, Karina finds her new job is not at all what she expected.
“My whole body is on high alert…
something about this man is bringing me to life.”
Sawyer Banks is a man in CHARGE, my friends! He doesn’t make mistakes (because what man does? 🙄), and he certainly doesn’t have regrets…except that of losing Karina. As her new boss, Sawyer suddenly has the chance to restore what was lost between them, and he’s determined not to mess it up this time. But Karina isn’t so sure. Her lingering grief and the murky past between them makes things more complicated than she needs right now. But when Karina’s past throws her and the girls into danger, she needs Sawyer more than she originally realized.
I really like the storyline of this book, but I’m not a fan of the writing style. Eep! I wish it was a little more descriptive and less passive (in terms of language). The scenes weren’t as vivid as I had hoped, and I found myself taking a lot of breaks because of that.
I’m in love with Karina and her transformation. She’s all over the place and slowly begins to find herself once more. Sawyer is the most interesting character, but he does fall flat. Gaawd, if the passion had been more fervent, I probably would have latched onto his character more. Overall, The Road Back wasn’t a gripping read for me, but I did enjoy it.