By Adriane Leigh
Release Date: June 24, 2016
From USA Today Bestselling author Adriane Leigh comes a passionate contemporary romance about giving in to desire so sharp and sweet it threatens to consume…
Georgia Montgomery is desperate for an escape from the life she’s been leading. The perfect job, the perfect apartment, the perfect boyfriend—all are on the cusp of driving her over the edge. On a whim, she buys a beach house on the North Carolina coast, eager to spend a summer with her college friends. She thinks she’s found the perfect balance, until one pleasure-seeking playboy turns her world on its axis. Georgia tries to ignore the tornado of emotion that sweeps through her system whenever Tristan Howell is near, but just like an addiction, one look, one taste, one touch is never enough.
The chemistry is scorching and it isn’t long before the slow burn ignites into a full-blown wildfire that threatens to consume anything in its path. But Georgia and Tristan can’t shelter their love from the outside world, and the moments of exquisite passion they share aren’t enough to sustain the relationship. When scars from the past resurface–will their hearts meld together as one? Or will outside forces tear them apart, leaving an empty shell where love and passion once thrived?
*Note: The characters in Sweet Alibi are real and flawed–they make bad decisions and learn hard lessons. It contains a love triangle, a sweet alpha-male with a broken heart, and a leading lady that doesn’t always know what she wants. If you love a character-driven romance with a hard-fought happily-ever-after, Sweet Alibi is for you. (Formerly The Morning After-Light in Morning duet, now with more than 10,000 words of never-before-published BONUS content!)
***4.5 Steamy, Star-Crossed, Emotional Stars***
So, I have to admit that I’m not always a huge fan of the love triangle. It’s a really fine line between well done and, well, icky, and it takes a really engaging story and well-written characters to make it work for me. Happily, Adriane Leigh has done a great job with all of these things to give us her latest, SWEET ALIBI.
I went into this book knowing that it had some taboo, triangly stuff, but I’ve read and loved Adriane’s books before, so was really excited to see what she’d do here. First off, let me just tell you that I am in love with Tristan Howell. It would have been easy to keep him a one-dimensional sort of guy, the other guy, to make her heroine, Georgia, a girl that ‘just couldn’t help herself.’ Nope. What Adriane has done is taken two characters, ones with baggage and flaws, and allowed them to have the experience of building their own story, regardless of what’s come before. Is it messy? Sometimes. Does it cross lines? Definitely. Did the book edge into the ‘no how, no way’ area? Well, Georgia and Tristan definitely did things differently than I’d like to think that I would, but it was their story to tell, and I could not have loved it more.
I really like that the book is broken into two parts, and is told from both Tristan’s and Georgia’s point of view. Adriane does a wonderful job of developing their story, both individually, and as a couple. As I was reading, I remember thinking, ‘Dang, this book is long!’, but I’m not sure that it could have been any shorter and been as enjoyable or as complete. It was impossible not to become completely immersed and invested in the characters and their stories, and I didn’t stop reading until I hit the last page.
The cast of supporting characters, from the d-bag Kyle, to Georgia’s and Tristan’s best friends Drew, Gavin, and Silas (oh, my gosh, I LOVE Silas! Every girl needs a Silas, I’m telling you…), help make SWEET ALIBI the enjoyable and unputdownable read that it is. I applaud Adriane for combining her THE MORNING AFTER/LIGHT IN THE MORNING duet, and adding bonus material, because this book is now one big wonderful book. If you’re looking for a read to pick you up, draw you in, and not let you out of its amazing hold until you reach THE END, SWEET ALIBI is the one for you. Go ahead and add it to your TBR, but don’t wait too long to dive in, because it is going to be one of your favorite reads lately, I guarantee.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now lives among the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.
She is married to a tall, dark, and handsome guy, and plays mama to two sweet baby girls. She is a voracious reader and wishes she had more time to knit scarves to keep her warm during the arctic Michigan winters.