by S.M. Stryker
Never having a family to call his own Toby Mitchell was a child caught up in the foster system, always being shuffled from one home to the next until he was old enough to join the Marines. Until a job ending injury forces him out of the only family, he’s known.
Raven Whitehorse, raised without a mother had always felt that there was a conspiracy behind her mother’s disappearance. After running away from home at sixteen to try to find her mother, the search for her mother hits a dead end. After landing a job with a new software company, she meets Toby Mitchell the owner of a security firm that her new boss has hired. Toby, wanting to put closure to his childhood, sets out to find his mother, the drug addicted woman that didn’t care enough about her own child to seek the help she needed. Toby feels that without this closure, he can’t move forward in his relationship with Raven.
Raven needs to find her mother to see if the rumors were true and what really happen the day she disappeared. Was she the scared teen that could handle the pressures of new motherhood, was she blackmailed to leave or worse. What secrets will they find, and how will that affect each other?
★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)
I first met Toby Mitchell and Raven Whitehorse in Never Forgotten Love, and I thought they did look great together. Raven was a once-broken soul who emerged a survivor while Toby was once unwanted and became quiet with protective streak. Both of them had issues with their mothers; Raven’s mom left her for reasons she could never understand, while Toby was left from one foster home to another when he was a kid. Joining the marines changed him a great deal, and as soon as he was able, he set out to search the truth about her mom.
Their lives got entwined while both were looking for their respective mothers and somehow fixing some of their friends’ problems. Like Trent Michaels who was about to kill himself. I had a heavy heart reading about their miseries and gut-wrenching episodes, as well Raven’s struggles.
There had been a lot of really heart-breaking scenes in this book, but overall, Toby’s soft spot for Raven was an enigma and that really stood out for me. SM Stryker was able to capture the intensity of finding second chances on love and redeeming oneself to be able to move on and move forward to a better relationship. Truly a heartfelt read!
Now the question is, do I believe in angels and unicorns yet? Oh you bet I do!