Series: The Ward Duet
Published by Self on 05/09/19
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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It started as a simple search for a landscape designer…
I wanted a beautiful backyard for my new home and my neighbors suggested I look into Ward Landscaping & Design.
The owner had no pictures of himself on his website, just a portfolio of nice outdoor sitting areas, pools, and vibrant gardens that I’d always dreamed of having.
Of course I hired him.
I expected to meet an average guy, but Mr. Marcel Ward is far from your average man. He’s handsome, and well-built, and his smile—though a rare trait—is truly infectious.
He’s every woman’s dream—a handsome, older man who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty to create something beautiful all because of his passion for it.
Unfortunately that lucky woman can’t be me.
Although Mr. Ward tests my limits, quickens my breath, and makes my heart skip a beat when he’s around, I’ve promised to devote myself to my husband.
So why am I falling for a man I know I can’t have?
The Man I Can’t Have (The Ward Duet #1) by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 9th
Photographer: Wong Sim
Model: Mitchell Wick
Cover Design by Cover It Designs
Books full of angst are some of my top favorite reads, so, when I read the blurb for The Man I Can’t have by Shanora Williams I knew I had to read it. This book does contain cheating, but is also one sexy and steamy story. I could not stop reading and will be counting down the days until the second book comes out, because that ending, that ending had me wanting to throw my eReader across the room.
Gabrielle and Kyle Moore are newlyweds who on the outside look like the perfectly married couple. They just moved into their first home and should be very happy. But looks can be deceiving. With Kyle travelling so much for work, Gabby finds herself lonely and a bit lost. She decides to redo their backyard and hires a landscaping designer to do the job. But she never expected Marcel Ward to change her world so drastically.
Though Gabby seemed a bit too trusting, she was very caring and sweet. Marcel has lost so much in his life, but is strong, confident and very possessive. Though you could feel the attraction between them as soon as they met, Gabby and Marcel had a friendship first and an undeniable connection. But their love is forbidden and that ending blew me away, though it was not totally unexpected!
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What can you expect?
– An Alpha Hero (who is a bit of an asshole 😉 )
– Super Steamy Scenes
– An Adorable Beagle Puppy
– SOOO MUCH ANGST
“Let me know if you need anything, Marcel.”
“Sure will, Gabby.”
I grab the door handle, but not without noticing the smirk on his face.
When I close the doors, I can’t help sneaking a peek as I put my tea back in the fridge. Mr. Ward—Marcel—is standing with a shovel in hand. He stabs it into the ground, leaving it standing upright, and then he crosses one arm over the other, reaches down for the hem of his shirt, and pulls it up, right over his head.
With the sun beaming directly on him, of course he stands out. His tan skin is unmarked minus one long scar right below his right rib. He’s sculpted but not bulky, almost like he does just as much cardio as lifting to get his lean, toned appearance. His abs lead down to a sharp vee that disappears beneath his belt buckle and jeans. A few hairs jump out from beneath the buckle as he grabs the handle of the shovel.
As he snatches the shovel out, he pauses midway. My eyes travel up to find his, and it’s then I realize I’ve been staring. He narrows his eyes a bit, but a smug smile lightly tugs at the corners of his lips.
I back away, bumping into the nearest counter edge. When I hear one of the men yell something, I look again, glad Marcel has moved away from the windows of the doors to tend to the person. I hurry back upstairs, and this time I don’t look back, even though a small part of me is dying to see those abs one more time.