Today’s book review features
Stone by Ronie Kendig.
She cost him everything. Now, he’s forced to protect her.
Stone Metcalfe embodies the Metcalfe legacy—blue eyes, an unfair amount of good looks, and hardcore patriot-laced character. But a foolish lapse in judgment dismantles his name and career. Humiliated and furious, he retreats to his mountain lodge to hide from media hounds and eke out a new life. However, one phone call from an old Army buddy upends Stone’s best-laid plans.
Supermodel Brighton Buchanan had designers and men eating out of her hand until a terrible mistake trapped her in the soul-eating world of human trafficking. Years later, she is used by her captors to take down the best man she’s ever known. The man she loves. Hope lost, she’s unexpectedly freed—and thrown back into Stone’s life. Being forgiven is out of the question considering how much he hates her.
Believing danger and her are one wrong move away, Brighton will do anything to keep him from being ruined again—even if it means going back to that life. As everything is falling apart and threats mount against Brighton, Stone realizes forgiveness is the easy part. Protecting her—and his heart—is another story.
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Stone is the first book in Ronie Kendig’s new series featuring the rest of the Metcalfe family. The eldest brother, Stone, is attempting to regain his life after a very public failure, until he’s forced to confront his past and the danger she brings.
My first reaction to this book is: wow! So intense, so real, so emotional. I couldn’t put it down. Stone’s anger is palpable and Brighton brings home the emotional trauma of being a trafficking survivor. Because of that, I would definitely add a trigger warning here. However, if this is not a trigger for you, then I highly recommend this book! In fact, please read this book! One of the things I love about fiction is it helps us live in another’s shoes, which brings empathy and perhaps even a call to action. This book does exactly that.
Willow’s story is next—we get a glimpse of her in Stone—and I’m looking forward to reading it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.