…to claim a future?
Bestselling author Lily doesn’t expect to have to share her remote cabin getaway with anyone—let alone her ex-husband, billionaire Jack!
She hasn’t seen him since their fledgling marriage imploded a decade ago, but her response to him is as visceral as ever…
Now snowbound together, they’re forced to face the truths of what came between them.
Rediscovering the connection that started it all, will they seize the second chance they never dared to dream of?
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Billionaire’s Snowbound Marriage Reunion
Series: -standalone title-
Author: Justine Lewis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 21, 2023
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Billionaire’s Snowbound Marriage Reunion is one of those heart-wrenching stories of two people who were perfect for each other, yet outside influences tore them apart in the cruelest way possible. Yet we’re not going to understand all the nuances of that breakup until well into their story. And when revealed, my heart broke for Lily and in a different way for Jack — his pain is doubled by learning the actual truth of that situation almost a decade ago. It will take him a bit of time to wrap his head around reality vs. what he believed to be an absolute truth.
Lily was a well-known actress who walked away from that profession when her marriage to Jack imploded so spectacularly. Even to this day, the tabloids are frequently making up stories of their past and their so-called current reconciling romance. Now, Lily is a best-selling writer of thrillers who does everything possible to remain out of the spotlight. She’s on a book deadline right now, and her agent (and friend) has offered the use of a cabin in Yosemite, far away from everything, to give Lily the peace and quiet to concentrate on finishing up the draft of her newest book. On a snow-covered road at the beginning of a true blizzard, she pulls into the driveway… only to discover the cabin is already occupied. And by the last person she ever expected or wanted to see on the face of the earth… Jack.
Jack has recently made some perplexing and devastating discoveries in the family business and surrounding his father. He’s at his friend’s remote cabin to do some more research and figure out how to handle the news that will possibly end the business in the worst possible way. When a car pulls up in the midst of a blizzard and the garage remote is engaged, Jack is ready to fight off any intruder… until his ex-wife steps out of the car and plunges him into memories, anger, and regrets.
Billionaire’s Snowbound Marriage Reunion is Justine Lewis’ Harlequin Romance debut novel, and I can tell you without a doubt that I will be watching for more of her work. Lily and Jack’s story is full of emotions, from justifiable anger all the way through to a deep love being acknowledged, a love that never really left either of them over the last decade. I understood Lily’s stand; she did what was natural to protect herself even when it hurt her beyond belief. Jack, well, it took me a bit longer to understand how he could have been so blind years ago… but eventually, as his eyes are opened, I could see how it was possible given his relationship with his father. If nothing else, their story reminds us to listen and really hear what our partner is saying without dismissal being the first reaction. I liked this couple and enjoyed watching truths, emotions, and eventually solutions being unfolded for them.
It’s a captivating romance, well-written, full of emotions, and understanding of the other’s person’s perspective of events. If you crave a love story that will break your heart and slowly heal it, if a couple that really does belong together finds their way back to each other is your kind of love story, or if you simply love a good romance… then you’ll want to grab Jack and Lily’s story right now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*
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