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Brian McAvoy discovers after three years that he has a daughter, and because her mother is unstable, he takes her back home with him and his fiance, Bev. Emma is immediately accepted and loved by her father's band. Bev acts like a real mother, and soon Emma has a baby brother to help her recover from the three years she spent with her abusive mother.
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But after her brother dies in a botched kidnapping, nothing is the same. Bev and Brian split and Emma is sent to boarding school. The story skips around to different times, but Emma continually meets up with Michael, the son of the detective who investigated her brother's murder. Eventually Emma marries another rick star, who is very abusive and when she finally runs, she goes to see Michael. When she finally kills her husband in self defense, Michael comforts her, and they finally become lovers. The romance progresses, and Michael helps Emma become who she really is, and helps her
reconnect with her family after all of the drama they went through. He also reopens her brother's case, but when the men who killed her brother discover Emma is remembering that night, both she and Michael are in danger.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   spurned lover going for revenge Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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