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Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.
That all changes when he meets Emma.
She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.
Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden.
They begin an erotic journey, which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.
Introducing April Emerson
April Emerson grew up in rural upstate New York, and moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine.
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When I was given the opportunity to read this book, I was excited! I had read the synopsis and I knew then, that I HAD to read it.
Okay, The Righteous and The Wicked flashes back and forth between our Female Protagonist, Emma Santori and the Male Protagonist, Eric Wilder; both who have their own secrets and work very hard to not let others see just how much they are about to crack!
I was extremely intrigued by Emma, who was constantly struggling with her faith and her desire for Eric. I couldn't help but laugh at some of the things she did in her desire to seek out Eric, even though he was unaware that anyone and certainly not Emma, knew his secret and this secret, only made her attraction to him stronger.
Eric has this way to make you feel conflicted feelings towards him. You know his secret and you know how he deals with it which makes it hard to feel any sympathy, yet when you see him with Emma and his soft and sweet side, it makes you care about him regardless of his secret.
This book was well written and the characters developed so much growth throughout the book. The situations were very realistic in a way that you would believe that it was happening in a small town near you.
I laughed. I cried. I was completely enthralled with these characters and story.
I gave it ♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥ on Goodreads and I definitely recommend you checking out this book.
I look forward to reading more from April.