Title: Can't Go Without (Oasis Waterfall #2)
Author: Angelisa Stone
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
"What’s the one thing you can’t go without?”
Tristan O'Donnell has money, women, and all the luxuries that cold hard cash can buy. Tristan's been sucking sunshine right from the monogrammed silver spoon his life was served up on since the day he was born. And quite frankly, he wouldn't want it any other way. He's his mother's pride and joy, his father's right-hand-man, and the envy of every guy around. All Tristan has to do is flash his million dollar smile, give his trademark wink, and he gets what he wants, when he wants, anytime he wants.
Leah Franchetti grinds her fingers to the bone; sculpting, painting, recreating treasures from trash—the very sentiment that defines her life. Her inventive, vindictive, lucrative, and seemingly unforgivable plan allowed her to shortcut her way into the life she always imagined, owning an art gallery, surrounding herself in the comfort of her passion and dreams.
When circumstances force Leah and Tristan to come face-to-face with the past and with Leah’s devious manipulation, truths come flooding forth, destroying those in the present and possibly jeopardizing both of their highly anticipated futures.
Can Tristan overcome Leah’s slander and deception—despite how dangerously close he comes to losing the one thing he can’t go without—money? Will Leah be forced to come clean, knowing she’ll have to live her life with the one thing she can’t go without—her dignity?
Can't Go Without is the second book in the Oasis Waterfall series by Angelisa Stone. If you've read the first book, then you have already been introduced to Tristan – Dre's jerk of a brother. You would also know about Leah's deception and lies about Tristan. This book is about the romance between Tristan and Leah.The reader is aware of how manipulative Leah can be, but Tristan knows nothing about it.
This book starts off in present day, and then flashes back to 3 years prior – before the problem between Tristan and Leah arises. Then it comes back to present day. I knew that Tristan would be a hard character to like, but I also knew he would find a way to redeem himself in this book. And I was right. You sort of just love to hate this guy, which I know makes no sense. He's rich, arrogant, and is a man whore. However, you find out how he comes to be this way. He pretty much just follows in his father's footsteps. That's how he was raised. His father treats him like crap though, and makes him feel like a failure.
Leah seems to feel bad for her deception, and she's trying to right her wrongs – but I had trouble getting past it. Also, I thought Tristan forgave her too easily. I felt that is was perfect though that towards the end of the book, we find out that somebody has been deceiving her. Tristan and Leah have really good chemistry though, and for the most part I really enjoyed the story. The love scenes are really steamy, which is a good thing ;)
I would think that there would be another book in this series, but I have no idea. I would be interested in reading a story about Tristan and Dre's sister, Piper. She seems like a perfectly likable, yet flawed character that would be interesting to read about.
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