The past can be murder on relationships.

Isabel Beachwood just lost her dream job. Now she’s forced to move out of her precious Victorian apartment, and in with her stepsister, bringing back ugly memories of a painful childhood.

Ty Griffin is a financial magnate who deals in multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions. His bespoke suits can’t hide a body worthy of a professional athlete. Those intense azure eyes telegraph a keen intellect. And his mouth, the only soft thing about him, is sinfully sensual. But his drive to succeed has all but obliterated any chance for a personal life.

Isabel is surprised when, during her moving sale, none other than the white-hot Ty Griffin, CEO of Grandin Financial, buys her prized Carmel-by-the-Sea table. When she finds out he’s part of the reason she lost her job, her apartment, and her adorable table, she’s incensed.

The moment Ty meets the voluptuous and challenging Isabel Beachwood, he’s completely enthralled. He’s the kind of man who’s used to getting what he wants. And he wants Isabel.

While their steamy relationship heats up, an insidious danger seems to be shadowing them. It’s a treacherous threat that could ruin everything.

Soon Ty and Isabel are dealing with an over-protective stepsister, a highly trained German Shepherd, a pain in the butt Welsh Corgi, a jealous gold-digger, an obsessed suitor, a former lover, and Isabel’s quirky tech colleagues. All of which turn out to be the least of their problems.

Because the past won’t die. And it can be murder.

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michele review 5 star a

When I was asked to do a review for this book, I jumped at the chance! I’ve read other books from Julia and loved them. So I went in expecting to read a book, that I’m going to fall in love with, Julia Harlow didn’t disappoint. From page one I was hooked and fell in love with all the characters!

Isabel are in totally different stages in live. Isabel is selling all of her things to move into her sister’s apartment because she’s come on hard times. Ty just recently purchased a new company and doesn’t really have time to worry about the little details in life. However, when these two meet, their whole look on life change. Ty starts to finally understand that sometimes paying attention to the smaller details in life, makes it more enjoyable, and thanks to Ty, Isabel finally feels like a woman who should be adored and cherish.

Now we all know that the road to their happily ever after isn’t going to be that easy. They have some obstacles in their way that they have to overcome. They have to decide if what they have is worth the fight, or if it’s best to just give up and move on.

Julia Harlow did an amazing job of give you a story that has everything you look for in a romance story. It has all the drama, sexual tension and romance that you love to read about. Julia also does a great job of connecting you to the characters, making you fall in love with them, and begging for just a little more when the story is done. As I’ve said before, I’ve read other books by Julia Harlow, and this one story has to be one of my favorites from her. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us!