Lawrence Finkle, known simply to his die-hard Minnesota Wild fans as Viper, isn’t used to hearing the word no. He lives his whole life just a little on the reckless side. After all, life is just one big game, right?
When what was supposed to be an innocent bet goes horribly wrong, he’s left to deal with the aftermath—and the guilt. In an effort to make things right the best way he can, he ends up falling for the one person on the planet he never should have.
The old saying goes that two wrongs don’t make a right . . . or do they?
Review by Amanda
I need to start this review by saying that I have loved the Cranberry Inn series that Beth Ehemann put out, but I need to let you all know that although this is a spin off of that series, it is completely different and will ABSOLUTELY blow your mind. I am completely without words after reading this book. I have been excited for Viper's book since I heard that Beth was writing it, however, I can promise you that it is absolutely going to blow your mind (in the best way possible).
I don't want to reveal too much about the plot, as Beth keeps us guessing for the fair majority of the book as to what is going to happen. However, I will say this Viper is as always downright hilarious - I am not sure where Beth Ehemann comes up with some of the things that she does, but I am so pleased she does. There were parts of this book that had me laughing hysterically - which can be more than a bit embarrassing when reading in a public place.
"Oh I'm sure Louie responded the second he got your text.: He laughed as he sat down on the bench to lace up his skates. "He's so far up your ass that when you open your mouth to talk, I see his eyes staring at me from the back of your throat." - Cement Heart, Beth Ehemann
The hilarity ensues with Viper's amazing (almost 90 year old) Gran. Oh my, I freaking loved her. She was quick as a whip and quite frankly a good indication of what Viper is going to be as an old man. I freaking loved her.
We also have snippets of Brody, Kacie and their kids as well as Mike Asher and his family. It was so awesome to see where each of these characters are and what has happened in their life. I always love the sneak peaks into characters lives that I have loved.
Viper (I am sorry I could not take him seriously as Lawrence Finkle - everytime I read that name I cracked up) as a character actually stunned me. When we initially meet him in the book - he is the Viper we all know and love. A love 'em and leave 'em kind only interested in one thing - a night of passion and then don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. However, as the plot unfolds, we are shown a Viper that has scars that are so deep and as a person that wears a facade to protect himself. I fell in love with Viper in this book.
“Because I belong here. Because I belong with you. Because as much as you try to fight it, you know you belong with me too … I fell in love with you.” ― Cement Heart, Beth Ehemann
I really cannot say enough good things about this amazing book - you will be taken on the trip of a lifetime by simply turning the page. It was so much more than what I was expecting - a beautiful story filled with so much love, heartache, passion and humanity that it left me reeling.
This is a story that we can all relate to in one way or another, and this book is definitely a MUST read for the year. Beth Ehemann, you have blown me away - what a brilliant read, and absolutely without a doubt worth every single one of those 5 stars!
Meet Beth Ehemann
Beth Ehemann lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four children. When she's not sitting in front of her computer writing, or on Pinterest, she loves reading, photography, martinis and all things Chicago Cubs. She's represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.