A standalone companion novel to the International Bestseller, CRAZY GOOD. Releasing April 9, 2015
There is something all too vague about second chances. What happens when your utterly perfect, first chance never really ends? What if it’s stolen?
Bull-nosed attorney Morganna Sterns knows what she wants. Self assured, powerful, and independent, she finds herself struggling to find balance between honoring what has been stolen, and deciding if her second chance is going to end just as tragically.
Steven Warner is a Navy SEAL with nothing to lose. His overt humor and charm paired with his lethal skill set make him a perfect catch--for the right type of woman. His world is littered with relationships, but only one stands the test of time. Competing with a ghost is hard. Especially when that ghost is a teammate: his brother at arms.
It’s not, “it is what it is.” It’s what you make it. What you, and only you decide it should be. Navy SEALs never make the same mistake twice.
Review by Amanda
"Sometimes there isn't a new beginning after the end. Sometimes it's just the end" - Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
Set in Stone is a spin off of Crazy Good and although it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading Crazy Good first as it will give you an insight into the characters and what they have endured. We are also reunited with our old friends Maverick and Windsor from Crazy Good and see where the road has taken them as an added bonus.
Set in Stone follows Morganna Sterns and Steven Warner. They have been best friends since they were 12, and Steven has been more than in love with Morganna for probably as long as that.
Morganna is still recovering from the death of her Stone, NAVY Seal husband, who was killed in the line of duty. What makes things even more complicated is that Steven and Stone served together in the same unit - in fact that is how Morganna and Stone initially met.
As the lines between their friendship start to become blurred with Steven finally admitting how he feels about her, Morganna makes it very clear she is not going to relinquish control of her heart. Although Steven is the one doing the majority of the buckling in order to try and make things work out - at some point, he realises that in order for anything more to develop between them Morganna needs to let him in and give herself over to him.
Will Morganna relent? Will Steven be the man that she needs to get over the loss of Stone and finally move on with her life?
This book left me with the worst book hangover imaginable - I know from reading Crazy Good, Rachel Robinson makes sure that she inflicts the feels on you to the point of pain, but this book - oh my goodness, it went above and beyond. I laughed because Steven is downright hilarious.
"If you can't turn cold into hot, you're fucked. Go ahead and apply that to all areas of life" - Steven Warner, Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
"I don't need your help finding women. I don't want to be your Eskimo brother." - Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
I cried because of everything these two put each other through.
"There is is. The smile that can be heard around the world." - Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
"If you love something, don't set it free. Hold on to it tightly. Never let it go. If you lose your grasp, it will come back eventually. But it will be different. Ruined." - Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
"I've lost the only girl I've ever loved and you're not giving me an option to keep you in any capacity. Do you know what this will do to me? How ruined I'll be? I put myself out there for you." - Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
I swooned because the chemistry and passion between Morganna and Steven was off the charts smoking hot.
"If you think being told what to do isn't the biggest boner inducing fog you've ever known, you haven't met Morganna before. It's a switch for sure; a refreshing change to be with a woman who knows eactly what she wants. I grab her waist, pull her toward me and she falls back onto the bed." - Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson
I was angry because sometimes Morganna was just so hard headed and such a coward and then finally I smiled - it was perfect!
Steven is of course the epitome of the alpha male. He is a NAVY Seal, he is built to the point of ridiculousness - the man cannot even cross his arms across his chest because of the girth of his biceps... SWOON! He is also someone that is used to being in charge and taking the lead, especially in the bedroom. In order to claim Morganna's heart, he does whatever is necessary, even if it means letting Morganna take charge and let things run at his pace. I really loved that about him because it went against every single alpha tendency he had. He had loved Morganna for so long, and it seemed that the only person that was not aware of his feelings for her, was Morganna herself. I also loved that although he did have these incredibly strong feelings for her Steven was still the tough and hardcore man throughout the book. The scene where they are at the ball honouring him and his Seal brothers - the one in the cloak room - had me virtual high fiving him. He was not going to be a push over, no matter what he felt for Morganna, and I loved it.
Morganna, you slayed me! What an amazingly strong female character - and I absolutely loved that about her. I haven't read such an incredibly strong female heroine in a while and it was absolutely refreshing. However, in the same token, there were times I wanted to just shake her. Morganna obviously wants to vere away from the familiar and dangerous territory that is the NAVY Seals and thus she sees any kind of permanent relationship with Steven as temporary. Morganna wants safe, she wants to not have to worry about feelings - she wants to be with someone that won't make her feel too much, the complete opposite of what she has with Steven. As a woman, I think we can all relate to having our heart broken and how we guard ourselves against another heartbreak by putting up walls and protecting ourselves. Morganna was an expert at doing this - and although Steven could see through her facade to a certain degree, he couldn't seem to breakthrough the walls. Morganna almost came across as cruel and unfeeling - but you knew it came from a place of hurt and heartbreak , so for that she could be forgiven. She did put Steven through his paces, and there were times when I was literally looking at my Kindle and saying WTF!!
It's not all doom and gloom, as we are also reunited with our friends from Crazy Good. We get glimpses into Maverick and Windsor's lives - and oh how sweet that is. We are also given more of an insight into Cody, and I truly hope that he gets a book of his own. I loved his quirky nature and attitude, and I think he is going to be the biggest surprise of all the Seals.
This book is a beautifully written emotional rollercoaster of a ride and I can promise you will leave you feeling battered and bruised after reading. There were so many scenes that riled up so many different emotions out of me it was ridiculous. A beautifully crafted tale of devastation and heartbreak, and the journey of the healing power of friendship and love. I couldn't get enough of Steven and Morganna, and I know that this book is going to be one of those that I keep going back to, purely because of the emotions that it evoked in me.
I am giving Set in Stone 5 GLORIOUS stars - it is definitely one of the unexpected finds of 2015 and I absolutely freaking loved it.
Meet Rachel Robinson
Rachel Robinson grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.
Crazy Good, her contemporary romance novel, is an International Amazon bestseller.