NIC - Rossi Brothers #2 - By: JM Stewart

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About the Book 

Single father Nic Rossi’s only desire is to raise his little girl with the same love and security his grandparents gave him and his siblings. That is, until Anna Thompson and her frightened daughter walk into his family restaurant, looking for employment, and turn his carefully ordered world upside down.

On the run from her abusive ex, Anna wants one thing: a quiet place like Angel Bay to raise her daughter. But she needs a job to pay for that dream, even if her new boss is a man whose sheer size makes her tremble. Yet Nic’s capacity for kindness leaves her feeling safe for the first time in years, and the gentle giant slowly awakens her long-dormant passion.

Then her ex-husband turns up like a bad penny, threatening not only Anna’s safe haven but Nic’s daughter in the bargain, forcing them to choose between love and family.

Addicted2Romance Review

**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.**

Before I give this review I want to warn anyone who might read this story that it is VERY violent. Anna, the heroine is running not just from an abusive marriage but from a murderous husband. He catches up to her in this story and what ensues is extremely violent. Maybe one of the most violent scenes I have read in a romance novel.

This book is pretty short, 126 pages, more novella length. Anna and her daughter Lacey are on the run from an ex who wants to kill her for leaving and divorcing him. She and her daughter have been on the run for 3 years and he almost just caught them when she decides to run to Angel Bay.

Angel Bay is a small town and so when she gets to town no hotel rooms are available but she does hear about a job at Nic's restaurant and thats how the two meet. Nick has extra room at his house and so eventually she decides to stay there over sleeping in her car.

I really enjoyed the getting to know you scenes and how Nic and Anna and their two kids form a family. I also loved that nothing happened romantically until Anna moves out and grows much stronger. I also loved how Nic fought for Anna.

This was very well written and I mostly enjoyed it. The only part I didn't like was the graphic and violent scene that occurs with Anna's ex. I understoof why it was needed , to show Anna fighting back and show that she was a fighter now. But its not what I look at romances for. Beyond that I really enjoyed the story and the characters. While I read the previous book in the series, this book easily stands alone.

She blew out her held breath, pushed her plate away, and offered him a smile. “Thanks for the meal. I will repay you. I need to get her to bed. What time would you like me to be here tomorrow?”

She scooted out of the booth, but his hand caught her arm before she could turn to pick up Lacey. Blood whooshed in her ears, and breathing became impossible as panic clawed its way through her chest. Tony’s face lodged itself in her mind. Eyes narrowed and staring her down.  The way he looked right before his fist came down on her … 

He’s not Tony. He’s not Tony. She repeated the long-held mantra over and over and drew slow, deep breaths in an effort to put a lid back on the panic. Still the room around her spun as the past closed in on her.

“The meal’s on me, remember? You can pay me back by letting me help you.”

Nic’s voice jerked her back to the present. She lifted her head to find him watching her, gentle concern in his searching eyes. Was he really this nice? Or was this just a ruse, the way it had been for Tony? She didn’t know, but she had no desire to find out. She didn’t need his help. She just needed a job. 

She glared at Nic. “What is it with you? Do you have a thing for taking in strays or something, Mr. Rossi?”

“My name is Nic, and yes, actually I do. My nonna used to roll her eyes every time I brought home a stray cat or dog.” Amusement laced his tone, his eyes crinkling at the corners. 

God, did nothing faze the man?

His expression sobered. “Let me help. Because I can.”

She blew out a defeated breath. “Why do you even care?”

“Why do I scare you so much?”

Nic released her arm and folded his hands on the table instead. “You want the God’s honest truth? That’s why I give a damn. Because I terrify the both of you, and I hate it. Every time I look at your daughter, I see my own.” 

She wrapped her arms around herself. The man left her feeling open and exposed. He offered her something she didn’t know if she could ever repay: human decency. “I can’t ask you to do that for me.”

“Then do it for her.” He nodded in Lacey’s direction.

About The Author 

J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.


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