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Moonstone: Gems of Wolfe Island One Kindle Edition
She’s returning to her life. He’s running from his.
As Moonstone, she was held captive on a tropical island and forced to submit to the twisted and abhorrent desires of rich men. Now Katelyn Brooks is starting fresh and is determined to reclaim her life. With the help of the Wolfe family, she’s working toward healing…which doesn’t necessarily include falling for a gorgeous waiter.
Luke Johnson is a recovering alcoholic who just wants to fly under the radar. He’s not looking for love, but when Katelyn walks through the doors of the restaurant where he works, he’s struck by her beauty and her meekness. Circumstances throw them together, and neither is able to resist the attraction that sparks between them.
But Luke has a secret—a big one—that could spell danger for both of them.
- ASIN : B09G5TTGZL
- Publisher : Hardt & Sons (October 26, 2021)
- Publication date : October 26, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2065 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,075 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Trigger Warning: sensitive readers should take note. Includes captivity, violence, and non-consent.
ABOUT THE GEMS OF WOLFE ISLAND SERIES:
This is book one of the Gems of Wolfe Island series. It is the first of two books telling Luke and Katelyn’s story.
This series is a spinoff of the Wolfes of Manhattan series – the story of the Wolfe children and the downfall of patriarch Derek Wolfe. Rock, Roy, Reid, and Riley find love as they uncover unthinkable family secrets. In this spinoff, the children attempt to help the victims of their father’s evil activity while transforming his horrid legacy into something positive. Under their direction, Treasure Island is being converted into a center for rehabilitating and counseling victims, an art colony, and a resort destination.
IN THIS BOOK:
Katelyn Brooks, twenty-nine, was one of the first to leave the retreat center on Treasure Island. Six months of therapy and she was more than ready to leave the South Pacific island on which she had been held in captivity for a decade. She was one of the lucky ones – she was only hunted about half the time. But what she hated most of all was the humiliation.
She had been on her way to starting at Columbia when she was taken – just eighteen – and now she is essentially beginning her adult life with no education beyond high school and no experience to her name. But she is lucky to have the Wolfe family’s support and her good friend Zee Wolfe’s support in particular. Zee had been a victim at one point as well, and their shared past bonded them.
Though she is from L.A., Katelyn felt no compulsion to return to her parents. She was an only child, and she was more comfortable accepting the Wolfe’s invitation to live in their Manhattan safehouse than returning home. She thus has her own apartment in a secure building, as well as counseling services, to help her adjust to life in the real world.
She found an inner strength during her years of captivity and is determined not to be a victim. Though not required, Katelyn is adamant about finding a job and taking back her life. The journey to recovery will be ongoing. Dating, notably, isn’t recommended so soon, but when Katelyn feels sparks for the first time in over a decade, she decides to choose happiness over caution.
Luke Johnson, thirty-three, likes to believe that he is much like any other man. He has an MBA in finance, but he won’t be using it because he needs to keep a low profile. His life in L.A. is in the past and for good reason. Several months out of rehab, he is working as a waiter at a swanky Manhattan restaurant, The Glass House. He works not because he needs to but because he wants to. He wants to keep busy, and he happens to be great at his job.
Luke isn’t the same man he once was, but he likes to think he is a better man. He was raised in privilege and corrupted by power. An addiction to alcohol and women led him down an ugly path, but he takes responsibility for his mistakes. He is responsible for making the wrong choices and hurting others in the process. He wasn’t a good man and he is luckier than most, but he hopes to prove himself a changed man with this second chance. He promised himself he wouldn’t drink again.
Luke shouldn’t be considering a relationship so soon into his recovery, but when a very pregnant Mrs. Wolfe and her beautiful friend are seated at one of his tables, he feels an instant connection to the quiet blonde. He knows he is not yet ready to have a woman in his life, but he quickly finds himself obsessing over Katelyn. He senses her troubled past and it should be a red flag for him, but everything about Katelyn is different. He doesn’t trust himself, so he has to proceed slowly, but he soon discovers she has a troubled past too.
The Wolfes had tried to protect Katelyn and the other victims by keeping them out of the news, and Katelyn worries that sharing her history with Luke will make him look at her differently. Similarly, Luke has secrets that he must keep close to the vest, and if Katelyn knew the person he was, she would never want anything to do with him.
The more Luke and Katelyn get to know one another, the more difficult it is for them to move slowly. Katelyn struggles with whether she should follow a timeline or follow her heart, while Luke struggles to assure himself that he isn’t falling back into bad habits. They have both been through therapy, and both are essentially starting over. As they grow closer and discover new truths, their fledgling relationship is tested. This book ends in a cliffhanger. Raven, book two, is the conclusion of their story.
Wow! There is danger and suspense as Luke and Katelyn’s story unfolds. Both are concealing a dark past, but the possibility of present danger is real. Reading the Wolfes of Manhattan series is not necessary to enjoy this book. Katelyn’s story is told in pieces via flashbacks, explaining everything necessary to follow along. Luke’s story is likewise told in pieces, though he is more of a mystery. The couple’s love story is sweet which stands in stark contrast to their past lives. There is an innocence as a result of their fresh starts, but there is so much more. There is passion, alpha protectiveness, and danger. They are both determined to make a success of their new lives, but what that looks like could become an issue.
Luke and Katelyn’s romantic suspense will have you on the edge of your seat trying to unwrap the mystery of Luke’s past. Whether or not it intersects with Katelyn’s past is not exactly clear, but they both have reason to hide. The story is very well-written. The plot is complex and layered. The characters are carefully crafted and well-developed. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Luke and Katelyn. I rate this book five full stars.
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helen , couldnt put it down so intense, loved it cant wait for the next chapter of katelyn and raven.
This is a must must must read.