Series: Falling For Autumn #3
Genres: New Adult
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One dream vacation in paradise. One co-ed bachelor and bachelorette party.One week marooned with my ex.
Six months ago, Casey Silvers ended her scorching romance with sexy rocker Cole Caldwell. None of her friends know the true reason behind her sudden change of heart. Despite her claim of their chemistry fizzling out, her feelings for Cole had never gone away.
After receiving the invitation to her best friendÔÇÖs co-ed bachelor and bachelorette getaway, Casey knows she must once again face Cole. For one week, sheÔÇÖll be forced to party alongside the man who has come to despise her. The tropical cruise is meant to be a trip to paradise, but Casey is certain it will turn out to be a vacation from hell.
But as the ship leaves port, past secrets are revealedÔÇösecrets that could change the fate of CaseyÔÇÖs romance with Cole. With forces keeping them together, Cole and Casey soon discover that the passion between them has yet to extinguish.
***Standalone New Adult Romance-Ages 17+ Due to Strong Language and Sexual Situations***
“The Ex Trials” by Heather Topham Wood is the fourth book in her “Falling For Autumn” series and centers around Casey and Cole.
We’ve had a glimpse of their burn and crash relationship before, but now it’s time to find out what their story really is about.
This book was full of surprises. While I expected a lot of sexual tension and banter between Casey and Cole on their way to happiness, I didn’t expect the seriousness that this story offered.
“The Ex Trials” not only has steam, romance and humor, but also takes on a serious topic – one that is at the forefront of the news regularly and that brings so much heartache and devastation.
As always with Heather Topham Wood, the topic was handled with utmost respect and accuracy, the intensity of it knocking the air out of my lungs.
It was well-balanced thanks to the lighter bits. And it allowed me glimpses into the lives of the characters we’ve met in the previous books – which was like seeing old friends.
Casey’s character was very likable. She was sassy and sarcastic, never keeping her tongue in check. But a part of it was her trying to protect herself from getting hurt. She’s more than just pretty looks and the chance for a good time. Deep down she’s vulnerable and wants to be loved, but doesn’t feel deserving.
Especially not after hurting Cole.
Cole is a rockstar to die for. A hot and talented musician, he’s also not scared of hard work. Having lost his father, he has a hard time letting someone in – except Casey. He can’t stay away from her, no matter how hard he tries – even after she broke his heart.
His struggle to forgive her was heart-breaking, even more so because she couldn’t forgive herself.
But things only got harder for them when the ugly truth reared its head and it was on Casey and Cole to prove if their love is strong enough.
The only thing that made the book fall a bit short for me is that I still don’t know what Casey and Cole have in common. What they love about each other and what drew them in other than their sexual attraction.
But of that, they had plenty.
4 the-ugly-truth stars.
~Review by Paula