Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?
Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust along with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all…
Well, didn’t Sydney and Tristan lead me on a merry chase. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Jennifer Probst book and I’d forgotten what a good writer she is. All or Nothing at All appeared to be just another second chance romance with a secret baby trope thrown in. But, Probst takes the reader on a sort-of wild ride as Syd and Tristan try to find their happily ever after. There were moments I wanted to smack their heads together, times I wanted one to tell the other to take a hike, and a few times I could’ve just pinched either one of them. Yet, the payoff is so well-done, that it made all the violent thoughts worth it.
I haven’t read books one and two in the Billionaire Builders series, but apparently there are a few hints of the relationship between Sydney and Tristan in Everywhere and Every Way and Any Time, Any Place. If you’ve read those, you know before it’s given away in the prologue that Sydney’s daughter is Tristan’s and boy, does she have some explaining to do. I love, love, LOVE secret baby books, but never has the secret been so… controversial. What seems like a pretty black and white second chance/secret baby story has some meat to it. I loved that I kept changing my mind about who needed to do more groveling as the story switched back and forth between present day and flashbacks.
As a couple, I had some reservations about Sydney and Tristan. I didn’t always get their attraction to each other outside of their sexual attraction (which is insane). Often, I felt like I was being told they belonged together. Part of it had to do with my inability, at times, to connect with them individually. In truth, I’m sure it’s because I jumped in at the end of the series. But, I also think that Tristan is meant to be a bit of an enigma to readers because he’s an enigma to Sydney and has recently opened himself up emotionally to his brothers (see book 1 & 2). He’s cool and closed off, especially to Sydney and her daughter, Becca, as the book starts. He’s also a bit of a caveman, a bit reminiscent of some of my favorite 80s historical romance heroes. He also brought me to tears (in a good way).
Sydney, however, is an open book. Readers know right away how much she loves Tristan, but also how hurt she is by his inability to truly love her. This is the recurring theme throughout the story, but Sydney isn’t a pushover by any stretch of the imagination. She’s business savvy and I loved the moments we see her making deals and renovating houses. More so, I loved how she took care of her daughter, Becca. Through the flashbacks we get to see her grow into the strong woman she is and I found myself cheering her on as she stood up for what she wanted.
All or Nothing at All has a familiar supporting cast for those who’ve read the previous books and they play a big role. Even as a newcomer to the series it was easy to see how Probst had developed strong relationships between all the characters, past and present. The setting was also a lot of fun for me. If you like HGTV, you won’t be disappointed!
4 stars for All or Nothing at All. Heat level: 3.5
I received a copy of All or Nothing at All from the publisher and InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
All or Nothing at All was published in July 2017 by Gallery Books.
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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.
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