This review is from: September 7, 2019 By Kay Daniels
The final and eldest Blackthorne! The secret is finally revealed! I totally did not see it coming. This is the seventh book and while each Blackthorne has speculated about what the family secret could be; dating back to when the first Blackthorne came to America, things like maybe the treasured family whisky recipe was stolen from another or perhaps there was even a covered up a murder. Yes, there have been rumors flying around the Blackthorne family name for quite a long time and we finally get the secret revealed.
Trey Blackthorne is known as the family fixer. Everyone in the company and the family come to him to fix problems. With Claire Blackthorne still MIA, the other boys come to him to request that he fly to Paris where she has been staying and bring her home. He is the family fixer after all and there has never a problem that he can’t solve.
You see Claire, at her 60th birthday party left in a bit of a huff, after her husband, Graham, was conducting business during her birthday party mind you, and declared she’d had enough. While she was giving her speech she also said she was no longer keeping the Blackthorne secret, but she never said what that secret was before she left. Her leaving and the announcement of this elusive secret has been hanging over the family for months now. With little communication since she left, Trey boards a plane to finally find out what is going on with his mother and hopefully bring her back home. What he discovers in Paris is not what he ever imagined.
Trey left the states a complete workaholic, a mirror image of his father. He has been groomed his entire life to take over the Blackthorne empire and he has never questioned it. Going to Paris put a new perspective on his life. He has never once taken a vacation for pleasure, but arriving there he is forced to slow down, take in the sights, enjoy the food, and especially enjoy the company of his mother’s neighbor, Mia Thomas. Mia brings out a side of Trey he wishes he had more time for, but it also makes him realize why can’t he make more time for the pleasurable things. What is he working so hard so hard if he can’t stop and smell the roses? He really is turning into his father one day at a time. These are questions that plague him while he’s there, along with the secret that comes crashing down around him.
Mia Thomas is in Paris with a specific goal, she is there to say goodbye to not only a good friend, but she was more like a sister. Her final wishes were to see the sights of Paris. It isn’t until Trey arrives that Mia has the courage to leave her small room and really venture out. Together they experience the culture and sights that only Paris can bring and even though they are both people who guard their hearts, it’s nearly impossible not to fall a little in the city that is wrapped in lovers. Each destination bring her closer to crossing things off her list, but it also brings them closer together, which is something they both agreed wouldn’t happen. This was only supposed to be a Paris affair, no strings, and no falling in love.
Mia and Trey are each others yin and yang and so perfectly matched I really enjoyed their story. I was a bit worried how the hardest working brother was going to let go and be able to fall in love, but I think a trip away from everything was the perfect way to do it. I loved how Trey was able to let go and really unwind and Mia was the perfect mirror for Trey to get a glimpse of himself so he wouldn’t automatically step back into his workaholic ways.
Christie Ridgway brought me right into the heart of Paris and I was vacationing right along with Mia and Trey. This kind of book is why I read, I get to travel to new places without leaving the comfort of my living room.
As for the big secret….you will need to discover that on your own…no spoilers here…but Trey’s book will tie the series up nicely and you won’t be disappointed.
Trey by Christie Ridgway releases on September 12th!
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