Veritas by A.L. Woods is now live!
A steamy enemies-to-lovers single dad romance from bestselling author, A.L. Woods.
It was supposed to be a fling.
A one-night stand.
Then Jordan Kovacs asked for more.
A date. I don’t date—I f*ck.
While he showered, I left.
Or so I thought. I have a problem.
My ex-f*ck buddy is getting married.
And I can’t get out of going—long story.
I need an arrangement I can understand from a man who only had me for a night.
But Jordan has other plans for me.
Things that will tip the scales in his favor.
A tryst was what she was looking for.
A date was what I wanted.
I understand Maria Tavares.
She’s a beautiful lie.
Now she needs something from me: a favor.
So I’ll function in a way she can understand: an arrangement.
All in. Strings attached. No interferences. Titles exchanged.
The plan is simple, with only one rule—veritas.
Let’s see if Maria’s ex-f*ck buddy understands that, too.
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Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Stephanie
Veritas isn’t the type of book I would normally go for. I do like a good second chance romance but I have never been a huge fan of the single parent second chance kind of read. But I’m so glad I took a chance on this book. This extremely well written, slow burn romance has great characters, a ton of angst and a hell of a lot of steam.
“I didn’t like jagged edges. I preferred smooth, clean lines, no surprises. White paint. Dark floors. Simplicity.”
Maria likes to be always in total control. Whether it’s work or personal, contracts and deadlines are her forte. Relationships are a hard no and in their place are one-night stands or arranged encounters. Sometimes with a little non-disclosure agreement attached. To her, work is life and boy, does she work her ass off for her law firm. The same one that keeps passing her up as a partner and giving her shitty excuses as to why. But what happens when a one-night stand pushes to stick around a little longer?
Jordan was a hit it and quit it as far as Maria was concerned. He has wanted the hard as nails, beautiful bombshell for a long time and has no plans on letting her push him away. Luckily for him their law firms are in the same building. Jordan wants Maria and Maria wants no one but when she needs a wedding date she goes to Jordan for a favor and he agrees…with some stipulations of course.
“Black widows always fucked their mates before they devoured them. It was biology.”
The sexual tension between these two was off the fucking charts from the get-go. Like OMG it was hot as hell. They both carry a lot of trust issues and other baggage from their pasts. There’s also a whole lot of secrets going on. I legit loved Jordan…freaking loved him. He’s sweet and so damn sexy. I loved so much that he didn’t try and tame the fire in Maria while she tried to figure out who she was and what she really wanted. A few times he pissed me off with some of the shotgun assumptions he made. You know what they say about assuming things, right? Maria on the other hand was an I love her/I hate her kind of character for at least half of the book for me. I loved that she was a fucking powerhouse and wasn’t afraid to be her unapologetic self. But a lot of the times her reasoning just didn’t fly and she hurt others. I get that it was a defense mechanism to protect herself. I absolutely loved the amount of growth she went through in this book…both her and Jordan. I was really rooting for them to get their HEA.
“I loved that in her most vulnerable moments, I could see her. All of her.”
This story was a little off the track from what I usually read, but it was so, so good. Honestly the only reason it wasn’t a five-star read for me was Dougie. The whole thing with him wrapped up to be a weird part of the book that didn’t work for me. I get that his character sort of set this pattern with Maria for us and let us understand her a little better. But no. I thought there was going to be a love triangle in there somewhere with the hints that were dropped. I guess his whole character and the way it played out confused me…especially near the end. Dougie and Penelope are really my only issues with this otherwise fantastic read. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
“And I trusted him. Implicitly. Veritas, that was our only rule. Truth, honesty, trust.”
Meet A.L. Woods
A.L. Woods is an author of rollercoaster romances, caffeine aficionado, and collector of Sailor Moon paraphernalia.
She lives 40 minutes west of Toronto, Ontario with her partner, Michael, and their 8lb larger-than-life miniature dachshund, Maia-whom they lovingly refer to as their ‘doghter.’
Woods can be found holed away in her office writing her next novel with a bowl of Nibs within arm’s reach. When she’s not writing, she’s likely belting out an ad-libbed song, emotionally investing in a fictional bad boy with a strong jawline and fluency in sarcasm or inventing fresh ways to procrastinate.
She believes that burritos should be in their own food group, loves the fall, winged liner, and listening to metalcore at an offensive level.
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