Series: Paths to Love #2
And I intended to keep it that way.
But to save my best friends’ relationship, I agreed to three with the man I secretly long for.
He doesn’t know why we can’t be. That chancing a relationship would bring everything crashing down around us.
Whatever he makes me feel is irrelevant. Wherever he thinks this may lead, he’s wrong.
That’s all I have to survive before I can put him back where he belongs…
At arm’s length.
That’s how long I’ve waited for her.
Now I’ve got three shots to convince her what I’ve known all along…
We belong together.
Despite all of my determination, each new revelation seems to pull us apart.
With everything stacked against us, we may not even make it to date three, let alone forever.
Three Dates is the sequel to It’s Not Over, although the ending of the first and the beginning of the second overlap. And while technically Three Dates could be a standalone, you definitely need to read It’s Not Over first to know what is going on and who the characters are. (Review for It’s Not Over further down in this post)
Murietta escaped a nightmare by stowing away in a shipping container to the US at age 12. Even the man who found her and took her in and became her family doesn’t know all the details of what happened to her. Daniel and his now wife Vivian are the people closest to Murietta and help keep her safe. Stone was brought into their inner circle six years previously. He is from Texas but is an A-list actor, winning Academy Awards and being named People’s Sexiest Man Alive twice. (You will probably miss that in this book, though, as the only details given are that he’s an actor and sometimes the paparazzi show up.) He has been in love with Murietta for the whole six years, but between realizing that she was very afraid of something, and being warned off by Daniel, he holds off, just being her friend and hoping she’ll someday let him in.
Finally he convinces her to go on three dates with him (which actually happens in It’s Not Over). She balks when it’s time for the first one, so he tells her it’s “just lunch.” This becomes their mantra to get her through the various dates. She has always been attracted to him, too, but because of all her issues and fears, she won’t let anyone in romantically at all.
Eventually she realizes that it’s different with him. Instead of being afraid, he makes her feel safe. There are many many ups and downs, and once she shares the details of her horror with Stone we are all unsurprised at how she reacts to things. But they try to make a real relationship work.
Then, the thing Murietta has feared most happens.
The fallout from that event could very well tear her and Stone apart forever. Or it could be the thing that allows her to finally heal.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ because I read It’s Not Over first so I knew who the characters are and what was going on. If I hadn’t, I would have been so lost this would have been a 2 1/2 or 3 rating.
romance. There was definitely some insta-love. Hello? Books involved. A little
courting. A lot of writing. The result…Grahame Claire.
Soulmates. Unashamed of our multiple book boyfriends. Especially the ones
that rooted in our heads and wouldn’t leave us alone. Don’t worry.
Pleased to meet you.