Lawson (Cerberus 2.0 book 1) by Marie James

Blurb:

My plan was as simple as they come… in theory. Show up at the Cerberus clubhouse and give dear old Dad a piece of my mind. What I didn’t expect was being welcomed by the open arms of a father who had no idea I existed.

More importantly, I didn’t anticipate HER. Delilah Donovan was a breath of fresh air. She would soon become my reason for wanting to become a better man, my reason for getting out of bed with a smile on my normally sneering face. But no matter how much I changed, she’d always be too good for a man like me.

It was over before it could even begin.

My Review:

This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but seems to be the beginning of a series that follows the children of the characters of another series, about the Cerberus MC. Since I’ve not read the original MC series, I can honestly say that they do not have to be read first to understand this book.  There are some references to those characters, the MC and their activities, but I was able to keep up just fine.  I am intrigued enough that I’m going to have to go back and read that series!

This book is broken up into two parts.  The first covering the initial meeting and interactions of Lawson and Delilah, and the second covering their reunion after circumstances and youthful stupidity pull them apart.  They initially meet when they are just 18 and 16 years old, and Lawson has a huge chip on his shoulder, mostly due to his very harsh upbringing.  Delilah is a very sweet, naive girl that had a very happy home life.  Without revealing too much (I really hate spoilers!), they are driven apart and it takes some maneuvering to put them back on their path.

I love how sweet Delilah is in the beginning, and hurt for her loss of the naiveté of youth.  I can completely understand how hurt she was and why she held onto that hurt for so long.  I also felt for Lawson, and how he grew up so hard and felt like he had to protect himself.  I was amazed by his tenacity and capacity for love.

This was a great love story, and I was on the edge of my seat.  There were times that I saw no way possible for a HEA, but the author managed to pull it off beautifully!  I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment, and in the meantime, I’m off to hunt down the other series!

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