Title: The Unforgettable Ex
Series: Captured by Love, Book 5
Author: Miranda P. Charles
Publisher: MPC Romance Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Miranda P. Charles
He breaks the heart of the woman he loves to keep her safe.
Private detective Gavin Redford has a very dangerous enemy intent on revenge. When that criminal threatens the life of any woman he falls in love with, he has no choice but to break up with Natasha Garrett—his best friend’s sister and the woman who means the world to him. No question about it, he’d rather lose her than put her in danger. But he hopes with all his heart that the thug is caught soon, because it’s killing him to watch Natasha move on.
She’s determined to forget the man who rejected her.
Natasha Garrett has only ever been in love once—with her brother’s best friend. Unfortunately, Gavin Redford has decided he doesn’t want her after all. So she will move on and forget about him. Even if her heart and body still yearns for him. Even if her mind cannot stop thinking about him. Because what choice does she have? She cannot make Gavin give his heart to her… or can she?
When it came to Natasha, Gavin would do anything to keep her happy and safe. Except stay with her. Months of bliss with Natasha came to an abrupt end when he broke things off and walked away. His decision left both their hearts in shambles.
Natasha couldn't forget the one man her heart knew she belonged to. She thought they were great together, in and out of bed, thought the happiness they shared would one day be something they could publicly acknowledge. Instead, she watched him leave, confused as to why as her heart broke.
Gavin and Natasha's story is a second chance romance that would have been a simple reuniting and starting again story if not for Gavin's current case. He needed to bring a criminal to justice and discover who was threatening his love interest through letters. To do so, he had to break up with Natasha (their relationship wasn't quite public knowledge) and begin a new "relationship" with Molly, an undercover police officer. Fortunately, he played the role of Molly's boyfriend to a tee and made tremendous headway on the case. Unfortunately, he was so convincing in his affection for Molly, and hers to him, that it devastated Natasha and pushed her further away.
The reasoning behind the push and pull of Gavin and Natasha's relationship made sense: Gavin did what was necessary to keep her safe. Confusion and jealousy occurred, followed quickly by hurt. But Gavin was insistent on that one thing and, eventually, it paid off. They gained the relationship they always wanted, and their love for one another remained strong and true throughout the "I want to be with but I can't because..." part. I loved the gamut of emotions both characters experience from the cold depths of hurt to the fiery heights of love to the green-tinging vision of jealousy. If there is one thing Ms. Charles writes well it's emotion.
This is a solid addition to this series. The suspense is light and consistent, never once fading into obscurity even though Gavin and Natasha's relationship was the main focus. The happy ending they received was a long time coming and very much deserved. Their second chance at romance might not have played out like I thought it would but the journey Ms. Charles took me on was a hundred times better.
Miranda P. Charles is the author of more than fifteen steamy and stirring contemporary romance novels.
She prefers to spend her time in front of her laptop, putting into words the love stories that play in her head. Don’t get her started with reading a great book, though, because she has the tendency to not put it down until she gets to the last page.
She does have a life outside of books. Mostly, that consists of bonding with family and friends or going on romantic trips with her awesome husband (who, thankfully, puts up with her hermit-like daily routine). Oh, yeah, there’s also the housework. But she really wishes someone else could do that for her so she could get back to her books!
She lives in one of the suburbs in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia.