Ten years ago, a seventeen year old Lily Dumont faked her own death to escape an uncle who wanted her inheritance, leaving her old life – and love, behind. … but Lily never forgot Ty Benson.
When Ty discovers Lily's uncle is about to have her declared legally dead in order to finally get his hands on the family money, Ty seeks out Lily and urges her to return home, face her past and reclaim what rightfully belongs to her. Can Ty reclaim Lily as well? Or will she leave him again, this time for good?
Lilly Dumont, a presumed-dead heiress, has been living as successful New York working girl Lacey Kinkaid, but she must confront her smalltown past in this formulaic entry from Phillips (The Bachelor), more romance than chick lit. At 17, Lilly's friends Tyler Benson and Daniel Hunter ("Hunter"), her childhood companions at the foster home Ty's mother ran and where Lily was dumped by evil uncle Marc Dumont helped her run her uncle's car off a cliff, faking her death so that she could escape his abuses. Years later, her uncle, who tried to get at her trust fund and plotted the trio's ruin, renews his attempts to get at her money. Hunter, now a lawyer in the upstate New York town, gets wind of Marc's legal maneuvers; he tips off Ty (now a town PI), and they find Lilly, who returns (leaving behind Alex Duncan, the investment banker whose proposal she can't seem to accept). Complicating Lacey/Lilly's identity issues are her feelings for Ty (explored physically in a chapters-long encounter), and the fact that her now fully AA'ed uncle Marc is engaged to be married to the gold-digging mother of Molly Gifford, the attorney that Hunter has had a crush on since law school. The plot falters, but the proceedings have enough emotional crispness to engage.
Cross My Heart
ARC for honest review with no compensation received by BookSprout
Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips is book 1 in the Ty and Hunter series.
Ty Benson and his mother took in two foster kids, Lily Dumont and Daniel Hunter. The three became really close but when Lily’s abusive uncle decided to take her back home the three plan her death so she can disappear. Now 10 years later her uncle decides to declare her legally dead so he can collect on her multi million dollar inheritance.
Ty goes to see Lily who changed her name to Lacey so she couldn’t be found...he has kept track of her over the years and convince her to come back and claim what is rightfully hers!
Lots of suspense, rekindling a lost love, intrigue, blackmail all rolled into an amazing book!!
This is book 1 in the Ty and Hunter series and it features Ty and Lilly. These two, along with Hunter, have a sort of tragic past. Now, 10 years later, Lilly is back from the dead to claim what’s rightfully hers. The drama is fantastic! The romance is sizzling, beautiful and meant to be. The sense of friendship/family between these three friends is real and unbreakable.
The story line is fantastic and most of the characters are too. I’m not a big fan of Molly. She just doesn’t appreciate a good man when she has one. Her loss! I’m definitely looking forward to more from this amazing author.
3 cheers for Lacey, Ty, and Hunter
Romance, suspense, and a little mystery to solve. Lilly & Tyler demonstrate that communication is important for a relationship to begin and for it to continue. All choices have a consequence and we can’t go back to try out another choice. I love how Carly Phillips makes her characters real, with positive and negative qualities. No one is perfect and I enjoy reading stories about believable characters. Strong independent female characters are the best, along with a swoon worthy male character who knows when to be strong too! Lilly (Lacey) and Ty are evenly matched, loving, and hardworking. Wonderful story!
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