My best laid plans had backfired. I’d thought by putting miles between myself and my first love that she’d be free to live whatever life she’d wanted, but when I came back from serving my country and Faith was raising her little girl alone, it was time to make new plans.
In eight years, not a single day had passed when she wasn’t on my mind, and not a night went by when I didn’t miss her. She was fierce and stunning and didn’t need a man in her life, but when the time came—and she wanted one—the line would start behind me.
Like smoke, I’d let her slip through my fingers once, but I’d never forgive the man in the mirror if I let it happen again. She was the fire inside me that would never burn out.
4 Star Review by Ashley
There is something so charming about the City Limits series. I love getting lost in this small town full of warmth and character and was so happy to go back to Wynne for Aaron's story.
I really liked him. He was decisive, strong, kind and head over heels for the one he let get away, Faith. To be fair he was young and truly had her best interest at heart; though it didn't seem that way at the time. And Faith, she was a force. Determined, hard-working, loyal, selfless. She gave and gave all she had to make the best life possible for her little girl, Delaney. Holy geez is that girl just the sunshine on a rainy day. She lit up the pages with her joy and exuberance. I couldn't help but fall for her and neither could Aaron. Their bond was truly something special to watch unfold.
It was a semi-slow burn for Faith and Aaron. The desire and feelings had been building for years. So when they finally (and I mean finally) acted on it, things accelerated quickly. I loved how they were both all in. How they shared their plans and dreams and fears. That's not to say it was all butterflies and rainbows.
These were real people with real life staring them in the face everyday. The things they did or didn't do, the choices they made or didn't make, effected more than just them. I also liked seeing the other couples from this series, and a few new faces, pop up. Smoke and Mirrors is the kind of book that only M. Mabie can write. It was compelling, steamy and full of heart. Thankfully she left the angst in the closet with this one because Faith and Aaron had been through enough. But their happy ending, was so much sweeter for it.
About the Author
M. Mabie is writer who made thousands of readers hate to love (and love to hate) the angst-filled contemporary romance, Bait.
She lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance." She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne's World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.
She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost. M. Mabie usually doesn't speak in third-person. She promises.
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