As someone who usually goes in for stepbrother romances -- this really, really, really didn't do it for me.
This had all of the angst and the drama and everything that could go wrong and everyone that could behave badly doing so without any of the tropes that I usually look for. Heroine drunk-sexs her stepbrother while dating someone. Said someone is a complete and utter jerk, to put it mildly. Hero does something really stupid. Everything goes to hell in a handbasket and stays there for a really long time because almost none of the characters can find it in themselves to dig them out of the hole by being decent people.
We're supposed to believe this star-crossed love story, but it's really more Game of Thrones than Romeo and Juliet. Instead of cheering Savannah and Garrett on, I just wanted Garrett to move onto someone else and for Savannah to find some gumption and/or go torture someone else. I didn't really get a sense of the love between them despite what they were saying and I didn't end up believing in their happily ever after.
If you love the stepbrother romances of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, you’ll fall hard for Laura Marie Altom’s tale of forbidden love—a red-hot novel in her Shamed series featuring two tortured souls with an unbreakable bond.
As the chief legal counsel for dot-com billionaire Liam Stone, Garrett Marsden has grown accustomed to being universally loathed. In fact, he welcomes it. Because the bigger the fight, the easier it is to run from his desire for someone he can never have: his stepsister. But when Garrett flies back to Julep, Mississippi, for Savannah’s med school graduation, a steamy encounter makes all his wildest dreams come true—and leads to his undoing. Because that’s when he meets Savannah’s boyfriend. . . .
Five years later, Savannah Boudreaux couldn’t be happier as a small-town Southern doctor and single mom to a young son. There’s only one thing missing. Her stepbrother, Garrett, has just been released from prison, and although he may be a free man, he’s become a bitter shadow of the kind and caring man who once came to her rescue. Now Savannah will cross the line to save Garrett from himself: to prove that he can live his life, love whoever he wants . . . and be a wonderful father to their son.