From Book 1: AJ
The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.
I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discovered is the separation of my parents. Their unorthodox ways may have driven me bonkers, but knowing they are no longer together is unacceptable.
That’s why I decided to rattle their cage by reminding at least one of my parents of the past and the reason they belong together. They need to remember why their love is so perfect and why they have to fight to keep it alive. Even if it means I have to dredge up some of my own painful memories along the way.
Back in the early eighties, I set myself to succeed in the financial world. The first step had been moving to New York City to become a stockbroker, but things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. Instead, I ended up making movies and by the end of the decade, Gabe Colt had become a famous name. The downside to my career of choice: the paparazzi. In order to protect my family and our privacy, I maintained my family away from the circus. It had been for their own good; a decision we had made before we started our family.
However, those past decisions ended up chasing my entire family away and now I’m trying to put the pieces back together along with my little girl.
Note: This book may contain high levels of testosterone. A Hot Actor, Hot musicians and A Hottie who believes he’s a hero.
From Book 2:AJ
The lies between my parents and I came to light and now I’m working on a new life for myself. Along the way, I have my trusty superhero, Mason, to lean on when I have a hard time standing or when my crazy ex-boyfriend continues to feel he has a claim on me.
Porter has trouble understanding that there hasn’t been an ‘us’ for more than three years plus all the issues he had brought upon himself. My father was right, drugs do kill. My other confern is the growing feelings I am having regarding Mason. There’s something between us I want to explore but I keep getting mixed signals. Here, I thought that after telling my parents about my lies and having their full support, things wouldn’t be as complicated as they are.
My parents divorced before I even made my entrance into this world. My father has been obsessed with that love for years while my mother searches for love in all the wrong places. I don’t want a place to call home or a girl I can claim as mine. Except… Ainsley Janine — better known as ‘Nine’ — has some special power that makes me question my preferences. The more I try to stay away from her, the more she pulls me closer.
Exploring the possibilities of having something steady in my life isn’t a problem; it’s the long term that worries me. In addition to that, the scumbag she dated years ago keeps popping up everywhere we go. If I could use my license to kill, maybe I can stop worrying about one thing and concentrate on what to do with the green eyed girl who keeps me awake most nights.
From Book 3: Jacob
As a rule, men don’t grow up believing in a happily ever after. We don’t believe in meeting the love of our lives; or the white picket fence, and 2.5 children. Every man thinks that those stupid dreams or fantasies are just nonexistent shit until it happens to them. We should have been forewarned.
I wish I was prepared for someone to appear in my life and change all my priorities. I suddenly wanted that fence and children. The part of meeting the love of my life became very real, but I wasn’t ready for suddenly losing it all, and my life plummeting into this shithole forever.
The heartbreak of losing your soulmate is one of the worst pains you will ever live with. I should campaign and warn the young people. Vaccinate against love because if you lose it, you could lose yourself for the rest of your life. The burden on your back will forever mark you and wither away your soul, darkening your days and the rest of your natural life.
This isn’t false advertisement or a dramatic display of one bitter soul.
I fought by my mother's side until her last breath, and tried to help my father until his last memories dissipated. My sister is the last one standing, but her life is a miracle that can end at any given moment. All my life I’ve never been alone, but always felt lonely.
Today, my options on how to live my life are endless, yet my heart and my best friend limit them. Stay in Seattle, close to the one person that will never let me inside his world.
The thug, as mom would've called him. A man with a bad boy attitude and a heart bigger than the ocean.
Review by Lorena
I loved this whole series. I read them all one after the other in a row and I just have to say that as I read each book, they kept getting better and I loved them completely and utterly!
This first book is based on AJ and her father's story. An act of redemption between father and daughter.
AJ feels like her father has always sheltered her and her brothers but she never understood why her father sheltered them so much. So AJ was determined to find out the reasons behind it after she found out about his new fiance who happens to be pregnant by his father and could very well be around AJ's age. She thought her parents marriage was solid and was pretty shocked to come to find out that it wasn't.
AJ and her father have a real heart to heart sit down and just let it all pour out. The journey we get to experience between AJ and her father is one that will leave you breathless. I thought I was going to hate Gabe but I came to realize that I just couldn't find myself to hate him because he had solid reason for doing what he did. He loves his children unconditionally and will go to great lengths in protecting them from the paparazzi and media.
This book had a slow start but once it gets moving, there's just no stopping. I found myself intrigued and wanted to continue reading to find out the what if's and why's of this story.
4 stars for this wonderful read.
We get to know AJ's story in this second book. AJ and Mason have been friends for like forever and he's always been there for her in ups and downs. He has always lent his shoulder to lean and cry on. He's been nothing but wonderful to AJ.
Mason was really AJ's knight in shining armor. He was always there in good and in bad times and as much as it pained him to see her go through what she has in life, he always kept his feelings hidden for her because he knew that if he couldn't have her as his, he at least wanted her as his friend.
AJ has gone through so much with Porter and she struggled with her life after what happened to her.
In this book she finds herself and Mason helps her by being by her side. Their feelings start showing and AJ realizes that Mason has harbored feelings for her that are beyond friendship.
Can they make things happen between them or is AJ going to continue retreating and just ask Mason to be her friend?
It's hard to let a man like Mason go because they're far to come by. Not many men will stand by a woman they harbor feelings for that are stronger than friendship and have to deal with their heartache and see them go through it as well so he feels the pain with her. He had courage to be there for her when she needed him the most.
Ms. Burgoa has done an exceptional job with these books.
Okay now I have to say that this one has been my favorite from this series. Jacob has really stolen my heart and I just had to take a deep breath before I start my review because I have to think on this one.
Jacob meets Pria in college and from the get-go he knows she's the one for him. He starts thinking about the white picket fence and the children with this girl. I mean, it was love at first sight for them both.
They go through a whirlwind affair that was short-lived because Pria had to drop out of school and go back home to attend to her sick sister. Her mother has always put pressure on her and everything seems to have always fallen on her. When she got accepted to college she thought this was her escape, but it turns out that it really wasn't because she had to return home.
Pria and Jacob promise each other to have their long distance relationship but that didn't seem to go very well and lose touch.
Jacob seems to have withdrawn and is moody and depressed because he's lost the one woman he's ever loved.
Years pass before they meet up again and they are both very different people. They have both changed a lot and the question now is, do they like the new people they've become, can they pick up where they left off or is their pride too strong for them to want to see where life can they take from this point on?
Jacob and Pria have a strong connection and it broke my heart when they had to part ways and it was difficult for them to continue with a long distance relationship. It tore me apart to have to read how Jacob was struggling after being unable to communicate himself with Pria and it was literally tearing him apart.
This book was about a second chance at love and it was a beautifully written book. Ms. Burgoa has done nothing but an extraordinary job with this series and this book especially -- in my view.
I have to say I totally loved this third book. If I could give this more than five stars I'd do it in a heartbeat.
5 star read!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure. She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
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