Big Talking Man by Marquita Valentine
Series: Kings of Castle Beach #2
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Growing up, Tate Prescott was just my older brother’s best friend, but over the years he became my first love… and my biggest secret.
Yes, you read that right…Tate Prescott, The Tate Prescott, Hollywood Superstar and now the most sought after movie director in the industry is mine. We’ve hidden our relationship from the world for so long that it’s become second nature. The last thing we wanted was a media frenzy to rain down on us.
But after my little brother drowned at sea and I became wrapped up in the guilt of knowing that his death was my fault, I shut down… and Tate left when I needed him the most.
Four months have passed since then, and now Tate’s back in town, demanding that I give him thirty days to make our relationship work.
All I want is to forget about the mistake we made the weekend my brother died.
Only Tate’s not so easily deterred and he’s not just some big talking man from Hollywood—he’s my husband, and he wants a second chance to prove to me that he can win back my heart.
I still want him. I still love him. But can I forgive him for abandoning me?
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Reviewed by Stephanie
This is the second book in the Kings of Castle series and though it says it can be read as a standalone, I kind of wish I read the first book because I felt a little lost and at times confused during this book. I’m not sure if it’s because I missed something in the first book or if it’s just the way the story played out for me.
Quinn’s Kings family just suffered a great tragedy and the person she should be able to lean on to help her navigate through her grief isn’t there for her. Nope he up and left for months when she needed him most. So Quinn is attempting to close her life off from the only man she ever loved and move on. Problem is Tate isn’t just some guy, he is her secret husband and when he shows back up in Castle Beach asking for a second chance what’s a girl to do?
“Don’t close yourself off to love. That would be denying yourself life.”
Tate Prescott Hollywood superstar turned famous producer knows he made a mistake when he left Quinn four months ago. But now he is back and wants thirty days to change her mind about ending their relationship, well marriage. He has loved her for as long as he can remember, she was his best friend’s sister-turned lover and they married in secret to keep her safe and out of the spotlight. Now Tate wants her back and will do anything to keep Quinn in his life.
“I’ll be your anchor in this storm called life.”
Ok, so I really loved Tate, he owned up to the fact that he made a huge mistake and over and over tried to prove his love for Quinn and win her back. He was sweet and tried to give her the space she needed but was always there waiting in the wings to show her his support. Now Quinn I really struggled with. I just couldn’t connect with her and at times she just drove me nuts. I liked the book, I just had a hard time through parts of it and with Quinn. I think I will go back and give the first book in the series a try.
“I’d rather you drop off the face of the earth. Oh wait, you already did that… At least we can agree you are a fool.”
Guilt surges, hitting me square in the chest. “I’m guilty, but I’d like the chance to tell you my side of the story.”
Those silver orbs of hers shift away, as if the memory of what I’d done hurts too much. “I don’t see why you can’t share on the way to town instead of at dinner tomorrow.”
“Because it’s going to take a hell of a lot longer than twenty minutes, Quinn, and you already agreed. Don’t go back on your word.”
“I’m a King. We don’t play those kind of bullshit games with people.”
I stride to my car, opening the passenger side door. “Grab your keys and whatever else, and get in.”
She stands there for a moment, a proud, gorgeous vision of a woman. My mouth goes dry. She radiates power and vulnerability, a true juxtaposition.
But that’s Quinn.
That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with her. It’s also why I can’t let her have the upper hand in this. “I want to renegotiate.”
“What?” she says, clearly annoyed. “You don’t want to have dinner with me?”
“Oh, I do, but I want it to be the first date of many for the next month.”
“The next month?”
My grip tightens on the steering wheel, and I force myself to loosen it. “I want your word now, Quinn. I want you to agree to give our marriage a shot over the next thirty days. I’m all in. I want you to be, too.”
“Just like that.” She snaps her fingers.
“Absolutely.” I sneak a glance at her. She’s regarding me with anger, confusion, and another emotion that I’m certain is hope contorting her face. “I dare you to take me on.”
Her lips purse, brows rising. “I dare you to win me back. If you don’t, you’ll sign the divorce papers.”
“Challenge accepted. “At the next light, we shake hands.
About the Author
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).
When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.
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