Sunday, February 28, 2016

review || BETRAYED by Suzannah Daniels

Self-Published | February 9, 2016 | New Adult Romance
Whiskey Nights, book 4


BETRAYED is a new adult, contemporary romance recommended for adult readers due to mature content.

Paxton Mayfield and his brother, Cade, have a bad habit of falling for the same woman. In the past, their antics gave new meaning to the term sibling rivalry.

But now that Cade has tied the knot, can Pax finally find a woman who loves him?

Jessica Beacham has only loved one man—Paxton Mayfield. She would have gladly given up her college scholarship to stay in Creekview if he would have just given her a sign, but instead of telling her to stay, he ended the relationship.

Distraught and lonely, she was comforted by his brother.

Seven years have passed since that fateful day. When Paxton receives an unexpected phone call, he soon finds himself face-to-face with the one woman he swore he’d never speak to again.

He abandoned her. She ripped his heart out. Can they overcome their feelings of betrayal and restore their trust in each other?

BETRAYED is the fourth book in the WHISKEY NIGHTS series. Since each book focuses on a different couple, they can be read as stand-alones; however, it is suggested to read DECEIVED before BETRAYED. Since there are recurring characters, many readers may prefer to read the series in order for maximum enjoyment. 

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Seven years ago, Paxton turned from Jessica in hopes she would find something bigger and better for herself. Instead, she found solace in his brother. Jessica has always loved Paxton, though, and after a night of watching him from a distance, she found her life forever changed. Now, she's in need of a friend and someone who can help for just a few hours, and the only phone call she can make that goes through is to the man who still holds her heart.

Paxton and Jessica's journey had it's rocky moments. Both were a little bit stubborn -- Jessica wanted Paxton in her life, and Paxton had enormous trust issues where she was concerned, something that only became bigger before it became smaller.

Paxton was not my favorite character in previous books, namely in Deceived. However, one of my favorite things an author can do is redeem a character. Sure, there are characters who are unredeemable -- those characters that if the author even tries, it simply falls flat -- but Paxton was the type who just needed the right woman, the right circumstances, to bring him full circle. I loved watching Paxton with his brothers -- especially in his regrowth of a relationship with Cade. Jessica... I liked her for most of the book, but I always felt that she was a bit manipulative, something that I'm not necessarily sure that fixing trust issues could completely, well... fix.

Her life hadn't been easy, and I wanted to change that for her. As much as I hated missing the last seven years with her, I also knew that things had needed to happen the way they did... --Paxton

Ms. Daniels continues to showcase her ability in writing, with a great group of friends and a newly growing relationship between brothers Mayfield (I'm hopeful that Evan will find himself a lady someday soon; and I still really heart that Cade calls Seren by her maiden name). The flow of her stories is effortless and the growth between characters feels organic -- this is a group of friends that feel like any group of friends you may encounter. Add to that mix a reluctant male and watching as he was truly a natural in the obstacles thrown at him...

Paxton may just be one of my favorites of this group.

...but then again, I feel that way every time I pick up a new Whiskey Nights book.