The Righteous & the Wicked
Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.
That all changes when he meets Emma.
She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.
Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden.
They begin an erotic journey, which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.
Wow! I'm SO happy I got a chance to read this book. At first it started a bit slow for me, but even so, I couldn't help but feel extremely intrigued. Both main characters had stories to tell...different, complex stories that I sure as hell wanted to know about. I kept turning the pages, wanting to see what happened next.
"It's time to make new memories"
Emma was a broken, lost soul. She wasn't really living, but existing...if that.The memory of what she once had haunted her beyond belief. It crippled any chance of her being able to even consider having a happy and normal life.
Eric was haunted by a secret that never allowed him to settle down and be happy in one place. He was never allowed to establish a life burden-free. So he moved. He picked up and moved when things 'stopped working for him'. Until Pine Lake. Until Emma.
"She came into his life by accident, a woman as lonely and lost as himself."
He couldn't help but really see the good in her. He knew she was different to what he was used to and for that fact, he had to stay away. Easier said that done. Both Emma and Eric were drawn to each other. They both made each other want things they had never even dreamed of. Surprised by these different emotions, they started out as friends. But that quickly changed. The desire they felt for each other won the battle. They were unable to resist each other. But see, that is exactly what they both needed. Eric and Emma were saving each other without even realizing.
"You're mine, all mine."
Eric's possessive side toward Emma was hot. Heck...who am I kidding? Everything about Eric was HOT. He was a tortured, broken hero and I loved every second of his journey. It was made really clear how his secret burdened him and how Emma was in many ways, his saving grace...his happily ever after -- which is why I rooted for them from the very beginning.
Emma's past didn't exactly stay in the past, nor did Eric's. This caused some angst throughout the story line and some definite heartache....and I loved that! I absolutely love books that make me feel and this one sure made me feel a lot of different emotions. I seriously kept turning the pages, curious to see how Eric's and Emma's story would unfold.
All in all The Righteous & The Wicked was a great book. It was written really well and had a natural and smooth flow. The characters developed wonderfully and grew in ways that really made me love them even more. Towards the end, I was extremely happy to see Emma and Eric's story come full circle. My heart was happy to see them FINALLY get their well deserved happily ever after.
If you're looking for an intriguing and hot read, The Righteous & The Wicked is the book for you!
"Eric's and Emma's imperfections allowed them to find something perfect, the bad cleared a path for the good, and every single moment was worth it."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
April Emerson grew up in rural upstate New York, and moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine.
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