He’s silent—but his touch speaks louder than words.
At first sight, Savannah is drawn to the harsh appeal of a man who refuses to talk to her. Keenan’s hard stare is arrogant and unapologetic. The quirk of his sensuous lips is cocky and in control.
But there’s more. There’s something deeper he’s trying to hide behind those steely grey eyes—a slight hint of vulnerability which captures her intrigue.
She’d been warned, told that his silence hides a myriad of lies capable of affecting her career and relationships with loved ones. Only she can’t help herself. Testing Keenan’s defenses is an addiction she can’t deny.
Falling in lust is easy. Learning his secrets comes with a price. The cost? Her broken heart.
Savannah: a feisty, sarcastic, hardworking, and resourceful employee of works for a hotel chain that is under the slow transition of a merger with a bigger hotel chain in her hometown, Seattle. She is tasked to help ‘smooth things’ over with the employees of the hotel since there were some ‘issues’ going on. Being back home, she discovers that the cousin who despises her forever works for the competitor chain sabotaging the merger. As conflicts mount and employees resign, her frustrations got to her and she marched head-to-head with the owner of the merging hotel chain, Keanan’s father, and gets introduced to Keanan, whom she only meets via email.
Savannah proved to be a very loyal employee and did her job to the best of her abilities while making sure that everyone in their hotel is taken cared for. She would stick out her neck for everyone and even worked as one of the wait staff to make sure everything pushed through – i.e. the wedding that worked everyone’s stress levels to its maximum.
Keanan: son of the acquiring hotel that Savannah is working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly (while Penny’s destroying) before the official merger. He is an unlikely alpha dominate who’s few words make up in his body language, presence, and written words (emails). His actions seem to scream in his head and transmit it to Savannah.
He is expected to follow his father’s footsteps and take on the family business of hoteling though his father doesn’t see him as is protege but by default. There are expectations that Keanan has to stand up for himself due to his secret that he does work out later on versus just taking what is given to him – an example is when stood up to Penny and Dominic for Savannah’s love.
Penelope/Penny: right-hand man/woman of Keanan in the hotel chain industry. She got the seal of approval from Keanan’s father and is waiting to “seal the arrangement” with Keanan. The problem was that Keanan didn’t see her as anything than a hook up of convenience. She knows his secret but doesn’t disclose it to Savannah. She is treated like a ‘fragile’ doll by Keanan so she tends to acts entitled till the end. She makes the worst trouble for Savannah. She goes into these intense pressure tactics that imposed so much fear on the acquired hotel chain’s staff that Savannah was asked to help them.
Dominic: Penny’s brother and Savannah’s favorite. He makes her feel welcome and is also the best friend of Keanan, who pressures him to tell his secret to Savannah. He warns Savannah of Keanan and also vice versa. He is loving and supportive especially in the last few parts of the book.
Spencer: is the ex-boyfriend of Savannah and is the son of the owner of the hotel chain that is seeking the merger. He is a pathetic, self-centered cheater in the story. Good thing that Savannah broke things off them him…but he now wants back with her. He placed Savannah in a tight position with handling the merger in her hometown in the hopes that she would fail and he would come to the rescue. What a cruel thing to do to someone you already did so much wrong.
I liked it but initially, it got me worried about its pace. It surely got better as I kept on reading.
Savannah and Keanan’s interaction is epic!
They could communicate in their silence, without Savannah realizing his secret. They seem to be at the same wavelength of communication that didn’t require words. They just “get’ each other so well and I didn’t feel lost in that. I can still remember the porch meeting that broke all expectations I had for a first meeting.
Keanan is an enigmatic character that is full of tension and emotion each time he sets his eyes on Savannah and wanting to express himself fully to her. His POV is less discussed since it might have given the readers a peek of his secret but when his voice is shared with us, you can feel all the intensity of his wants and needs.
Savannah initially was like a ‘fish-out-of-water’ but as the days progressed and with the help of a few dependable hotel staff, she really proved to everyone that she was the right person for the job. It was a tough one but I’m glad that Spencer got the last laugh on this. She managed Penny, the hotel staff, her boss, Keanan’s dad, and Keanan himself in the end.
As I neared the last few chapters, I was getting a bit lost on how the story would end. I was so anxious that I kept checking on how far along with the book I was, bracing for maybe a tragic (not HEF) breakup. There was no inkling whatsoever on what is going on, especially after Keanan sent his “last few emails”. I think I cried a thousand tears on with the secret and how it changed the relationship between Savannah and Keanan before the ending. Yes, it’s a HEF ending but a chapter or two caused so many heart-crushing moments that I had to put the book down to ‘calm myself’.
After reading the book. I totally understand how and why the author placed the emails in between the chapters. It was so heartfelt and so heartbreaking at the same time so I thought wrong on how it was all going for them. I mistook some things also that I was glad I was wrong in the end.
Overall, it is a wonderful read. I enjoy a good tugging of my heart from left to right. Yes, Eden, you did these characters right with what you had them do.
Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm. Best known for the Reckless Beat series, Inarticulate, and the Vault.
She can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features, and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.
She lives in Australia with a young family who is well aware she’s circling the drain of insanity.
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