Being the nephew of one of the most infamous mob bosses in the world isn’t easy. Our family has enemies everywhere, and no one is safe without protection. Here I am at college with a fresh start, a new last name, and secrets hidden from those around me—life is going according to plan. Then one day on campus, I see him…and I want him to strip me bare…in more ways than one.
Abernathy is more than just the university I attend. It’s my destiny, my namesake. Singing and entertaining are who I am, but my father wants me to major in something more appropriate for the name I carry. I’ve resigned myself to being who my father wants, doing what he wants. Then Simon comes into my life…and turns everything upside down. Now I have a reason to fight for what I want.
Who knew our love story would lead to secrets revealed, murderous plots, and finding our forever buried under so many lies? Hopefully we’ll live long enough to see it.
*Trigger: Violence and mention of suicide
A Haven Hart Novel
Release Date: 05.24.21
Figuring out how to begin my story was the hardest part, but I knew when it was over, there was a good chance Rush would walk out that door and never return. I supposed it didn’t matter how I started—the end would be the same, most likely.
“I’m about to tell you a lot of shit, Rush. You’re not going to like most of it, and I understand you may never want to see me again afterward.” He was about to interrupt, but I held up a finger. “Don’t make a promise you don’t know if you can keep by saying ‘nothing I tell you will change how you feel,’ because that’s bullshit. What I will ask is only one thing. Let me tell the story to the end before you walk out of here.”
“You’re so sure I’ll leave?”
I nodded. “Yeah.”
Rush tightly fisted his hands together on his lap, readying himself, no doubt. “Okay, tell me.”
Simon is all grown up. The kid we met when he was 8, also nicknamed Eight by his father, is now in college. Five hours from home and under a fake name so he isn’t connected at all to his uncle (who raised him and they are like father and son) because, yanno, MOB.
Starting his second year of college, he is immediately drawn to a guy singing karaoke in the common area. A little digging shows where he works. And Simon arranges an accidental meeting. Sparks fly.
But Rush is part of the family who created the college. His father works there and expects his son to as well. Rush was pretty much resigned to his fate until Simon came along. For a kid who lived with expectations, Simon sure knows how to throw them out the window as well.
There was a bit of mob stuff, some of it was a little much for me- a bit convoluted- but still entertaining. And with the mob stuff with get Snow in all his glory and an appearance by Christopher Manos, mob boss, dad and husband.
Having Simon grow up and get his happily ever after was very satisfying. I love that it was part of the Haven Hart world, but not part of the big story arc told over many books. It’s a solid stand alone that is a fun read.
3.5 pieces of eye candy
Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.