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Series: Billionaire Builders #3
Published by Gallery on July 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this third volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new, heart-wrenching, and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Greene, or the hurtful breakup that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?
Sydney Greene loved Tristan her entire life but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust along with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all...
I must admit I really like second chance romance stories. I know from experience that sometimes making a relationship work really is all about timing. Why you might ask do I know about how a second chance at love can make all the difference? Because, my parent’s love story was a second chance at love and they are still together to this day. When I read the synopsis of All or Nothing at All I knew it was a story that I needed to read.
All or Nothing at All was a quick read that I devoured in days. For the most part I really did like the story. I liked how this book is part of a series but it is really a stand alone. You can read the books out of order. I know because I did. The story starts in present day with flash backs to the past. A past that explains how Tristan and Sydney grew up together. Sydney always had a crush on Tristan. One day, he finally notices that she is a woman. They just couldn’t get the timing right the first time. Tristan’s mom passed away and he was hurting. He was fighting with his family all the time. He knew he had to leave. Sydney knew she couldn’t go with him because she was pregnant and not looking to trap anyone into a relationship. Sometimes people just have to leave and grow on their own. Sometimes those growing pains can do irreparable damage. Sometimes, like in Sydney and Tristan’s case, the love never goes away and that is when timing comes into play.
Almost seven years have gone by and now they are both in place to give the relationship a second chance. I really liked this story at this point. It was just the typical I am going to win you back story because I never stopped loving you story. I was okay with this because that is what I signed up for. I was on board with this second chance at romance. The chemistry between Sydney and Tristan was on fire. Then something happens and that is when the story kind of loses points. I was like what the what.
Sydney has to tell Tristan that the little girl she is raising is not her ex-husband’s kid but his. Of course, this truth causes a rip in their new budding love affair. Instead of asking for joint custody he demands she marry him or he will fight her tooth and nail for sole custody. So, they get married in this arrangement for the sake of the kid. All I can think is yeah this going to work out so well. I will never understand why people think this stuff works. Getting married for the sake of the children never works. All it does is end with everyone’s heart in tatters. I was so mad at Tristan at this point in the story. I really did not like him or Sydney. I think what this couple really needed was couple counseling. There is nothing wrong with talking to a professional when someone in the relationship has kept a secret so big it is too painful and hard to let go. The getting married part was so stupid.
In the end, I guess all’s well that ends well so to speak. I did like this story, especially in the first half. I am all for a single mom going after what she wants. I just think the story could have done without the “arranged” marriage. I don’t think threatening someone and basically forcing them do something is romantic. It would take a lot for me to forgive a partner for pulling that revenge crap on me. I don’t care how good the sexy fun times are either. This was not my relationship. I think that it was probably something Sydney and Tristan had to go through to prove that they could get through anything. I think the highlight of the book was their daughter. I freaking loved Becca she was so fun and adorable