Sands of Time by K.D. Friedrich
Publication Date: November 30, 2015
Sands of Time is a contemporary romance set in a small Upstate New York town called Heart Falls, a town where heroes are born and passion is bred. This spicy romance tests the boundaries of trust, forgiveness, strength, passion, and most of all…love.
Once again, single mom Jade Santiago is trapped under her father’s firm hand. If her existence wasn’t complicated enough, her son’s father, John Sands, has popped back into her life. John doesn’t know JT is his son, and Jade plans to keep it that way. John’s ignorance ensures his protection from her abusive, vindictive father. Especially now that John works for him. Bad-boy-turned-cop John Sands loves women, but hates relationships. At least, that was, until Jade Santiago came back to town. Now he wants things. Things like family and commitment. Not to mention hot sex. For her, he’s ready to change his priorities. If he can only get past her stubborn indifference and the chief of police, who happens to be her father and his boss, she’ll end up right where she belongs—in his arms and his bed Keeping JT’s dad a secret for all these years seemed like a good idea, but the more John proves himself a genuine friend and an honorable man, the more Jade struggles with her intense attraction and undeniable guilt. He deserves the truth. A truth that will ultimately destroy all she has worked to protect. A truth that will shatter the trust of the only man she has ever loved. A truth that will change their lives forever.
Tonight would not only be a reunion, but a rebirth. A renewal of hearts, a new start for what might have been had circumstance not snuffed out their passion.
She hurried to the bathroom, shut the door, and removed her clothes. With a quick turn, she brought her naked back into view of the mirror. She glanced over her shoulder at her reflection, taking one more look at her scars. Her eyes traveled down her spine, over her butt and upper thighs. Angry, puckered skin crisscrossed the area. They were a brand, marks of a life she wanted to leave behind. She looked away before tears formed. They usually did when confronted with the evidence of her father’s hatred of her.
For a second, she feared John’s reaction. He had seen a glimpse of the damage to her spine in his truck, but there were others, a lifetime’s worth of the evidence of her father’s horrific form of discipline.
Would John be revolted? Would he turn away from her?
Fear crept in. The same old insecurities that plagued her the night she spent with him so long ago. She had managed to hide herself back then with the cover of night.
An image of her father’s madness darkened her thoughts.
No, I won’t let that man in my head. I won’t let him hurt me anymore. I won’t let him ruin this beautiful night or any other.
Her father was wrong. Someone did care about her—John.
Title: Sands of Time
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Heart Falls Heroes #2)
Second chance romances, they hold a special place in my heart. There’s just something that jumps out at me about two people that have had some form of a relationship in the past, but have made mistakes along the way that have separated them, coming back together in the future, a whole lot older and wiser and better equipped for the love that’s meant to transform their lives.
Sands of Time is that type of book, but at the same time is so much more than that. It’s a story about strength, compassion, forgiveness and courage. Growth, both as individuals and together as a couple. Loyalty, family and ultimately, love conquering all. Even the worst kind of circumstances and evil.
It’s a book that makes you feel. That right from the jumps throws you in the deep end of the emotional pool and even as time goes on doesn’t let up, though thankfully the author did manage to place the right amount of humor (often times in the form of other characters) throughout so that while you’re swimming in it, you’re not likely to drown completely.
The main characters were brought to life on the page in such a realistic way, that almost from the very first couple of pages, I connected. Mostly to Jade in the beginning because of the truly emotional and trying way her story really begins, but quite quickly after, also connecting to John as well.
Invested in both of them getting what they should have had years earlier, but couldn’t because they both (more so John than Jade) had a lot of growing up to do. Wanting John to eventually understand the reasons for what Jade did, while at the same time wanting Jade to own and admit to her choices in the past, learn from them and accept what she deserved.
True Love. Forever. Happiness.
Everything that I wanted going into this book for the characters, I was given and while at times things got a little hairy and I didn’t know how it would all play out, the way that it all did come to a head, the true strength that Jade showed in the end, came across very well. I felt it and at one point felt like my very own cheering section, for both characters together and apart.
The moment when they finally are able to freely give into one another, both the passion between them and the love spark that had been reignited, was definitely worth the wait.
There is so much more that I’m sure I could say about this book, but given the emotional punch that I was given diving into this blind, I’m going to let go you ahead and experience it the same way. But if you’re a fan of second chance romances, true love conquering all, or the author in general, I think you’ll enjoy this.
My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read this story. I’m so glad that I was a part of John and Jade’s journey back to one another. It was a real treat to read.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE HEART FALLS HEROES SERIES...
Publication Date: January 19, 2015
Pete Cross is struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, the last thing he needs is to find himself attracted to the one woman he shouldn’t want … his best friend’s sister. K.D. Friedrich is pleased to present Book 1 of her new series, The Heart Falls Heroes. Cross My Heart takes you on a poignant journey of loyalty, love, and above all, the healing power of second chances.
Struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, Marine Pete Cross returns to his hometown, Heart Falls, New York, bitter and broken. The last person he wants to see is the stubborn tomboy from his past, Cara Sands. The guy code of ethics demands he keep his hands to himself where his best friend’s sister is concerned, but Cara never got that memo. Apparently, neither did Pete’s libido, because his desire for her is stronger than ever. Cara has no clue where the man she loves went, but she’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back. Pete tries to push Cara away with bitterness and anger, but she yanks him right back with understanding and patience. Her persistence drags them closer to an outcome that might destroy them both or show him, once and for all, the power of second chances.
ABOUT K.D. FRIEDRICH
K. D. Friedrich is a writer of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. A graduate of NYIT, she earned a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in art, social science, psychology, and business. The culprit of that odd mixture was a severe case of indecision. She's an overprotective mother (her daughter's words), lifelong New Yorker, and an obsessed reader of everything romance. Most days, you can find her hard at work, creating intricate worlds and compelling characters, hot alpha heroes being her favorite. In 2013, her novel Soul Tie Seduction, placed second in the Golden Palm contest for Paranormal Romance.