Review: Stolen Moments by Emily Bowie

stolen momentsTitle: Stolen Moments

Author: Emily Bowie

Year of publication: 2019. The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Student Shay Steele

The hero: Student Luke Rogers

The blurb: One stolen moment. That’s all it took to change everything.

The sweet girl next door, Shay Steele, knows better than to set eyes on Three Rivers’ bad boy, Luke Rogers. With three alpha brothers determined to keep her from ever dating, it’s not like she would even have a chance with their best friend and local football hero. But when Luke starts paying attention to her, she thinks she may finally have her dreams come true.

Luke knows Shay is off limits, but he just can’t seem to stay away from the feisty brunette. Besides, a little secret—and a lot of kissing—never hurt anyone. Right?

Lies and secrets, however, never seem to stay hidden for long. When their newfound romance is discovered, not everyone is happy to hear about it and worse yet, they’re not afraid to pull the trigger.

Standalone or series: This is the first in the Steele Family series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Shay Steele is the youngest child and only girl in the Steele family, who is well known in their small country town of Three Rivers. She’s closest to her brother Kellen, who’s only ten months older than her, and she’s been in love with his best friend, Luke Rogers, since she was a little girl. But Luke will never look at her that way…

… except he does. Shay can’t miss the lust in his eyes when he looks in her direction. She makes it clear she feels the same way, and the attraction between them explodes into a fire neither can contain. But they are both wary of Kellen finding out, because he has some anger issues, so they keep it a secret, fearing his response.

The Steeles are a very dysfunctional family, with secrets and anger issues prevalent. I adored the budding romance between Luke and Shay, and I understood why they felt the need to keep it from Kellen because of his behaviour, which was never really explained in this book (but does become clearer in book two, which I’m reading now). The Steele siblings are loyal to each other to a fault, although they fight and ignore each other, as siblings are wont to do.

Luke is a good guy deep down, although the town continues to paint him and Kellen as the town’s bad boys because of the stupid things they do. But things take a sinister turn in a heated moment between Shay and another character, and she finds out just how deep her brother’s protection and loyalty to her lies. She’s plagued with guilt, and so heeds his pleas to leave town and go to college… leaving Luke behind.

Will she and Luke ever find their way back to each other? Will the truth about what happened that night ever come out? This is the first in the Steele Family series, and you’ll need to keep reading to get all the answers.

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