Publisher Description

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.

Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.

Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.

June 23
Carrie Ann Ryan
Carrie Silverstein

Customer Reviews

jk(9 ,

Forever Only Once

Enjoyable book. Domestic violence was really harsh.



I was half way through this ready to delete it off my library. I was bored out of my mind. I never really felt the connection between these two. And there’s pages and pages of irrelevant dialogue between siblings who just all show up at Cross’ house on the day he has a date to berate him about his clothes and his sister’s decision to adopt. Just absolutely irrelevant!
I don’t know how this book got such high ratings because it is truly lackluster. I read through to the last page. Now I’m going to delete it! Ugh!! Props for the cover photo though. I liked that more than this story! Star goes to the photographer, models and makeup!

AC2BookBlog ,

Amazing start to a new series

Hazel and Cross were everything I needed in this new series!!! I had completely forgotten that this series was going to be about the Brady men, but once I figured it out I was so excited!!! I got more of Arden, and who doesn't love Arden??? And of course we got Liam and the rest of the Brady men, a girl can't ask for much more!

Hazel is so special, I love how strong she had become!!! I LOVE that she has such a close knit group of friends too! Piper checking in on her was the sweetest and totally reminded me of my friends. And then the "meet cute" between her and Cross.... I GOT STARRY EYES!!! This was THE BEST! I loved the instant attraction and instant ease between them. And Cross, oh cross, he's so dreamy! I loved how the girls joked about the bearded men who were attractive and Cross appeared out of thin air! This man is spectacular. I love that he's he oldest and his turn first of the guys. But also, he deserves it just as much as Hazel.

These two were going through a lot personally throughout this book and it added the perfect amount of drama. The actual drama in this book was INTENSE, but everything else leading up to it was pretty perfect! Also, I can't not mention Chris Cross, THIS WAS GENIUS!! I laughed hysterically! As a person in the interior design industry, I loved sooo much that Cross is a furniture designer. It is such a rare craft these days and I adored this so much!

This whole story was absolutely amazing. There were so many layers and boy was it spicy!!! It had everything I need and love in all of Carrie Ann's books and I'm impatiently waiting for more!

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