Can a reformed player ever truly play by someone else’s rules?
Sam Walsh has finally put an end to decades of self-destruction, turned over a healthy new leaf, and now he’s ready to call himself a married man. But love and marriage are only the beginning, and life is about to get much more complicated.
Will tying the knot tie down a free spirit?
Tiel Desai never imagined herself getting married again, and before she can blink, she’s swept up into the Walsh wedding whirlwind. If that chaos isn’t enough, she’s also busy winning over her future in-laws, grappling with a bumpy adjustment to her new job, and staying afloat when a string of disappointments hit.
They’re building a future, but can they ever fully demolish the past?
Sam and Tiel beat back their demons and learned to love each other, but love might not be enough to solve every problem that crawls their way.
5 perfect stars!
I am a mad fan of all things Walsh, and Sam and Tiel are one of my favourite couples of the series. This book is a continuation of their story and there was no way I wasn’t going to love it, but I was still knocked on my ass by this book because it was absolutely perfect! Funny, sexy, surprisingly emotional and beautifully romantic, it was everything I wanted, and I absolutely loved it!
Sam and Tiel’s story ended beautifully in Necessary Restorations, and we saw their relationship progress a bit more in the last book, The Cornerstone. This book takes us slightly back in time, starting at the emotional end of Necessary Restorations, and then picking up after that book’s epilogue and through the events of The Cornerstone with the second half of the book taking us into the future.
This book is definitely not one that you should read as a standalone. At the very least, you should read Necessary Restorations for the first part of Sam and Tiel’s story, but ideally you need to read all of these books – in order – to fully appreciate the dynamic between the group and the overarching storylines. These siblings have been through so much together and to see them growing and coming so far is something truly special.
Sam and Tiel have been through a lot together. They’ve had their hard times, but they’ve come through it, and this book is all about them being stable and happy, and finding their way forward together. They are madly in love, they are deeply committed, and their relationship is never in question, but they still have some demons to contend with and their journey is not always an easy one. This book had me in tears, my heart broken for what they go through, but their strength, their love and their deep connection is beautifully explored as they stand strong and are there for each other unquestionably.
“We’re going to make it work. We’re going to figure it out … Tell me, Tiel. Tell me we’re gonna last because I can’t have you right now if this isn’t real.”
“It’s real,” I said. “We’re real.”
These two just ‘get’ each other. They are honest and open, and they have learned to hold nothing back from each other, and I honestly loved every single moment with them.
“It’s like there’s a part of me that was wrecked for a long, long time, and you restored it. You restored me. And I want you to know how much I needed that.”
“It goes both ways, my love.”
It’s emotional and swoonily romantic, but there is also a lot of lightness. Sam and Tiel have fun together, they joke and laugh, and I love their text conversations, and of course, they are SO freaking hot together!
I needed to lick him, bit him, kiss him, hold him, claim him. I needed to fill my hands with every little thing I could offer, and beg him to take me as I came and promise to give him anything, everything.
Sam was rough and wild, and sweet all in the ways that I needed…
He held me with all the love and adoration he could gather into a single embrace, and he fucked me like he was conquering a village.
And as always, the entire Walsh clan are a part of the story, and the madness that ensues with this group together is something very special. The dynamics between the growing family is absolutely sensational – there are still issues to be worked out, and there’s a lot of conflict resolution that goes on in this book, and whether they are working, arguing, joking around, or getting deep and meaningful, they support and love each other like the close family they are. One on one or all together, I love them!
Riley is freaking phenomenal as always. So freaking funny, and I love seeing him starting to come into his own. And the action with Erin seems to be picking up – I’m loving the direction of that and am so excited for her book! And I love that there is a continuation of storylines for the other couples of the series (Shannon and Will – perfection!). Each book continues to grow with more characters being added, relationships being strengthened and new dynamics explored. It’s a fantastic journey, and each book is getting better and better!
This is a really quick read but it lacks for nothing in emotion and intensity. I was hooked from start to finish and read it in one sitting, unable to put it down.
I absolutely loved it!
An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Tiel jerked up and glared at me over her shoulder. “You can’t whip out your dick and make this better. I’m upset right now.”
“Oh, sweetheart, I know you’re upset,” I said, pushing her back down. “You’ve expressed your aggravation. I’ve articulated my rationale and apologized. Since there’s nothing more for either of us to say, I’m going to lick you until you’ve calmed down, and then I’ll whip my dick out. Now shush.”
With her red skirt bunched in one hand, I drew her panties down and placed them beside her on the pool table. It was a warning: be good or be gagged. She rolled her eyes at that, but there was no doubt in my mind that she’d enjoy nothing more than some aggressive sex and balled-up panties in her mouth.
I dropped to my knees and flipped her skirt over her waist. “So pretty,” I murmured, running my knuckle between her legs. She shivered, and her feet edged further apart, but she remained stiff, as if she thought she could carry on this dispute while I ate her out.
That wasn’t within the range of possibilities.
My fingertips ran from the sweet, round globes of her ass down to her ankles, and back up again. Leaning closer, I brought my lips to the soft skin of her inner thighs, kissing and nipping until she sighed, and I could almost hear her body surrendering to me.
“You’re delicious,” I murmured while I licked across her leg. My teeth closed around the curve of her ass, and I smiled as she squealed.
The Walshes series
The Spire (#6)
To be released – 2016
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About the Author
Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.