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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sunset Thunder by Shannyn Leah - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Violet Caliendo is a wedding planner at the luxurious Caliendo Resort. She once was married to Joel, who's also the father of her two children, but Violet is now a single mother. After everything she's been through she now wears an Ice Queen mask and she lets no one come close to her inner world anymore. She works hard to make other peoples' wedding to a day they'll remember forever. Joel asks Violet to plan the wedding between him and the woman he cheated her with during their marriage. How long will Violet be able to keep her emotions down?

Violet is on her way to meet her ex-husband to discuss the wedding, when she spots his best man Ryder. Ryder is Joel's best friend and has a reputation of being a player. Violet is completely stressed out and she takes Ryder to an empty room where they have sex. Violet tells herself this is a one-time thing, however she can't deny she has feelings which say otherwise. Violet and Ryder both have heard stories about one another and it's now up to them to find out which ones are true and which are false. Can they step out of their comfort zone and can they learn how to trust again?

Everybody calls her an Ice Queen but Violet in reality is a kind and caring mother. I loved the strong bond she has with her children. Violet has to endure a lot with Joel and I don't think that I would've had the patience she did show him. Ryder is a loyal family man who has a secret he fiercely wants to keep hidden from the outside world. He's so comfortable with Violet's children and whatever is needed he's there to help everyone out. Violet and Ryder have such great chemistry together and I was very eager to find out if they would find a way to be with each other.

The Caliendo's are a family full of secrets that darken their lives tremendously. Their father kept files on everyone inside and outside the family. These secrets made Sunset Thunder intriguing and thrilling at the same time. The Caliendo Resort is a very successful business and the rooms where the weddings are being held sound like straight from a fairytale. Sunset Thunder is a story with interesting main characters in a beautiful setting. Shannyn Leah's writing is amazing and I fell in love with this story straight away. 


If you love stories about a second chance at love with a background of dark family secrets you will definitely like Sunset Thunder.

About Shannyn Leah

Contemporary romance author Shannyn Leah loves olives, lip gloss and reading (and writing) romance novels. Her love of words started at an early age and soon grew until, during her teenage years, she’d started writing her own novels. When her mom pushed to finally publish some of the stories, she quickly amassed two complete romance series (By The Lake and Caliendo Resort series) and, in 2016, released her first Fantasy Romance entitled The Gatekeepers (Part One of the Winters Rising series). In 2017, she released her first BAD BOY Romance.

When she's not writing contemporary romance books into the early hours of the morning, Shannyn can be found antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and sister, in their picturesque London, Ontario hometown.

Shannyn would love to get to know her readers as you get to know her (just don’t send her any carrots!)

Shannyn also writes under her sweet & clean name Audrey Delaine.


Free books

Lakeshore Secrets, Sunset Thunder and Dare To Enter: The Crazy Rich Davenports: Season One: Series Pilot are free on Amazon right now.


Five very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of choice from Shannyn Leah's backlist.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Sunset Thunder sounds like a wonderful, small town, beach romance and a great start to the The Caliendo Resort series.

  2. Great review, it sounds like a really good read.

  3. fab review, looks like an absorbing and interesting read xx

  4. Loved the review can't wait to read this

  5. I like the review. Sounds like a good book.

  6. This sounds a great read, I've always wondered if wedding planners live happily ever after.

  7. The review made me want to read this book!

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