Published by Violet Duke on April 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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THE COMPLETE USA TODAY BESTSELLING DUET
Love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run--and chase--when their past threatens their future. This bundled box set contains both books in Caine & Addison's bestselling duet (Book 1: Before That Night & Book 2: Every Night Without You).
-- BOOK 1: BEFORE THAT NIGHT--
Before that night, Addison Milan had been just a college dropout secretly raising her two young siblings in a beat-up minivan she'd bought with her first semester's tuition refund--the only money her addict mother hadn't taken off with when she'd abandoned them nearly two years ago.
Before that night, Caine Spencer had been just a rough, gruff cop sent to check out the phoned-in claims of suspected child neglect involving the same woman he'd met just months prior when she'd first served him the city's worst diner coffee...which he'd been drinking daily ever since.
Before that night, Addison would never have thought the man she'd been fighting hard not to fall for--her only friend in her new shadow of a life--would be in a position to rip her family apart.
Before that night, Caine would never have believed any woman could make him fall head over heels, let alone make him feel so damn compelled to look the other way when it came to his job.
Then that one perfect night changed everything.
-- BOOK 2: EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU--
Seven damn years of wondering whether the woman was still alive...whether she'd spent the last two thousand five hundred fifty-five days wondering if he was still alive.
Wondering whether that night was as burned into her memory as it was his.
Seven years having his heart tethered to Addison and now she's back. With even more reasons to run than she'd had then.
Only this time, Caine isn't letting the gorgeous little flight risk out of his sight.
Regardless of how noble her reasons may be.
Before That Night is Book One in the duet and Every Night Without You is Book Two. These are NOT standalone books. Luckily for us the Unfinished Night book contains both books of Addison and Caine’s amazing journey!
In Before That Night we learn of Addison’s struggle to keep her two half-siblings safe and sound. It’s almost too much for an 18-year-old to handle but, when her drug addicted mother skips out of them, leaving them homeless, Addison has no other choice. She decides not to attend college to care for her 12-year old brother, Tanner, and 6-year old sister, Kylie.
“Back when she’d been the only eight year old among her friends that was allowed to babysit a newborn, she’s just thought it cool. As the years went on, she started figuring out that her mom wasn’t so much ‘letting’ her babysit as she was ‘needing’ her to babysit because she was high as a kite and drunk as a skunk”
She’s so afraid of them going into foster care and being separated from each other so she finds a way for them to stay together even if it means she puts her life on hold to do so. Living in a van and working in a diner, to save up money to rent an apartment, seems to be working out for her. Several months later she meets Caine Spencer, a 29-year old police officer, who’s a regular customer and she’s attracted to. It seems the feeling’s mutual and she begins to trust Caine more and more. That trust will come into play when David, a customer of Addison’s, becomes obsessed with her. Like crazy, stalker obsessed and threatens to destroy them both.
“The kids. What if he came after the kids, just to get to her? Or to get back at her?”
It seems that as soon as Addison finds a ray of hope it’s destroyed and she makes a difficult decision, one that is filled with so much sacrifice.
What would you do for love? Would you sacrifice your life so your loved ones could be safe and happy? How many of us would do that? I loved Addison’s spirit and her ability to make lists and cross things off of them. To make sure her siblings had a semi-carefree and safe childhood so very different from her own. As the saying goes: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” A very difficult choice to make.
Every Night With Out You is the continuation of Addison and Caine’s story, seven long years later. I’m almost afraid to say too much as I don’t want to include any spoilers.
We find out what Addison has had to do to keep herself and her siblings safe.
“If you don’t want to be found, you need to stay untrackable, meaning no ID, no bank account, no government forms, nothing traceable. Which makes getting a job, a home, a credit card, a car all really difficult. But, it is possible to survive. As long as you’re willing to—“
“Anything, I’ll do anything to keep my brother and sister fed and safe with a roof over their heads. Anything to give them as good a childhood as I possibly can.”
Addison’s accomplished a lot in those 7 years. She’s made friends, something she never had before. Stacey is a women’s shelter director and Alec is a P.I. and her business partner. She has a job she can be proud of, helping unfortunate families, and has changed not only her last name but her appearance. What has been put on the back burner is her love life and until recently was hopeful that Caine would be part of it. Living in a new city she gets pulled over by Officer Caine. What are the chances of that happening? Seems fate has come into play.
“You’ve changed, but not in ways that make you unrecognizable to me.” “Good, because being unrecognizable to you was never the goal. I only changed to stay off the radar of sick, psycho stalkers. Old and new.”
David is still on the loose and a real threat. Addison was unsure if Caine had forgotten or given up on her. He didn’t. And neither did she. **sigh** Seven years is a long time to wait for a knock on the door or a phone call. Wishing and praying and waiting. Living in fear. She thinks they should stop waiting and start living. Caine agrees, he thinks they need to make a clean break, so Addison can have a chance to be happy and make a life for herself. Sometimes things are easier said than done.
“You may think you’ll be okay doing anything for the ones you love. But when that ‘anything’ reaches lines a normal person should never have to cross…let’s just say that there are some decisions people shouldn’t ever have to make, some choices they shouldn’t have to live with.”
I love a story that gives you an unexpected jolt of surprise, a “little” twist, with page-turning suspense mixed in. Moments of laughter and tears. And that happy sigh at the end! Because, who doesn’t love a second chance at love?