Marred: Kyle and Violet by Tess Thompson

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Kyle Hicks started with nothing. Now he’s a self-made man. And as luck would have it, his latest project as a real estate developer lands him in Cliffside Bay with his very best friends, The Dogs. At the end of his grueling work days, Kyle’s got just enough time left for his buddies and not much else. Except maybe another of his many no-strings-attached trysts with whatever sexy lady catches his eye.

Violet Ellis is struggling. She’s a single mother, the proprietor of a near-failing shop, and a champion for the historical integrity of her dear Cliffside Bay. She has enough to deal with between her three-year-old son and her languishing business, but she’s still prepared to take on real estate mogul Kyle Hicks to save the charm of the place she calls home.

When a twist of fate forces these two to put aside their differences and rely on one another, they just might find that sometimes the strongest love grows out of the hurts and the scars that we carry with us always.

The fourth installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you want to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.

About Tess

Like most of her characters, Tess Thompson hails from a small town and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.

She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids and five cats. Pray for her.



While this can be read as a standalone I do recommend reading the other book in the series.  I love the Dogs and their girls, they are such an amazing group of friends and are always there for each other.  We never really knew much about Kyle and his history so I could not wait for this book to come out.  Kyle has so much deep seeded self hatred that you want to give him a big hug and you cry a little as you read it.  But he has come a long way from being called “Pig”.  Violet doesn’t have an easy past either.  Her son cost her her parents and she feels like she fails at everything.

We really see the sparks fly between Kyle and Violet early even though they both swear they hate the other.  But this shows there really is a fine line between love and hate.  The deeper we get into this book the more we see each of their feelings.  If only Kyle felt like he was enough for her.  It is honestly nice to see that a man can have so many insecurities that have carried with him as so many books it is the woman.  I think as humans we all have a past and nothing is ever perfect and this book is a prime example of that.  Kyle may have come a long way, but keeping his past a secret isn’t helping him or Violet or anyone else.

I could not wait for the moment he finally opened up about everything, his sister, brother, his entire childhood and I was not disappointed.  And it was fun to watch Kyle and Violet become a family without even realizing it.



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