Synopsis from Goodreads
Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Green, or the hurtful break-up that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?
Sydney Green loved Tristan her entire life, but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all…
Jennifer Probst what are you doing to me, I don’t think I have ever seesawed between loving and loathing the main character as much as I did with Tristan.
Throughout the Billionaire Builder series, there have been undertones of a history between Tristan and Sydney. Although nothing was divulged in the previous books subconsciously we all knew that Tristan was blind to what was right in front of him while questioning Sydney’s need to keep that barrier firmly in place.
The history, as it is unearthed, between Sydney and Tristan is messy, painful and full of regret. However, while I could clearly see Sydney’s reasons for her actions both then and now, Tristan’s were a little more unclear. Tristan has and still has a nasty habit of distorting events within his own mind to fit his version of the circumstances he finds himself in. His walls are virtually impenetrable and his ability to turn his elements off is chilling. Yet, and this is probably the reason I didn’t write him off when he was behaving like a complete a-hole, Jennifer manages to make Tristan vulnerable even when he is at his most douche-tastic. To give credit where credit is due, it was Jennifer’s characterisation and the depths of Tristan’s personality she managed to portray that had me swinging between love and hate for him.
I loved the way in which Tristan embraced his role within Becca’s life and how selfless Sydney was where her daughter’s happiness was concerned. My heart literally hurt for the way in which Tristan abused Sydney’s feelings for him and controlled the situation with emotional warfare. I was also really hurt on Sydney’s behalf by the reaction of the rest of the Pierce extended family. She was all on her own coping with these monumental changes and having no-one to turn to 🙁 Placing herself in the role of the martyr while slowly killing off her own soul. Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to deny your own happiness – something it takes Sydney a long time to figure out.
It really would have been very easy to hate Tristan but his family history and the impact losing Syndey all those years ago, provide a deep level of understanding. This didn’t mean I didn’t want to go all Tangled on his behind *frying pan at the ready*. Tristan really struggled to acknowledged and accept his feelings with his barriers working against him continually. His emotional journey painful and hard fought but worth every bit of heartache in the end.
I loved seeing all of the characters in the series progress, especially the bond between the brothers grow and strengthen within each story. I also really loved the girls dressing up as Disney Princesses and the inclusion of Grease at the wedding reception lol.