Moving On is the fifth book in the Cape Falls series by Sam Crescent. While reading the prior books in the series can help you understand the town and some elements of the story, this book can still be read as a standalone novel. Peter has always thought he was in love with the one woman he can’t have to the point he has even deluded himself about it. Peter has a good heart had does what he thinks is best for those around him. He has his eyes set of Rose. He enjoys the time he spends at the library with her. While he might have started going for a woman of the past he now goes for a woman of the present that intrigues him. Rose is a young woman of 19 raised in a town where they child don’t have a whole lot choices other than to do what they are told by their parents. Rose has been raised to fear leaving the town. Her parents have chosen whom she is to marry without her consent. They also starve her to get her to lose the weight her husband to be wants. Rose does not even realize she has any choices in her life until Peter helps her escape. Rose and Peter connected in a way I think each did not expect. I loved that they started as friends before it became something more. The sex scenes were steamy but they were not over the top either. Rose and Peter seem to have what it takes to last a lifetime. I also enjoyed how honest each of them were with each other. I did find this book well written with interesting and engaging characters. I enjoyed this book a lot but I wish this book was longer and more in depth as to Rose and Peter’s relationship and more information about Rose’s parents were told. I love Ms. Crescents books and this did not disappoint in the least.
Cape Falls, 5
Welcome to Cape Falls, a town with old-fashioned values.
Peter has been in love with the same woman for over a decade, but he could never have her. He has loved her for so long that he can’t imagine loving anyone else in his life. In his troubles, his one piece of heaven is going to the library and seeing Rose.
Rose knows all about Peter and his love for another woman. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot stop her feelings for him. Peter is the first man to make her feel alive, but her family is determined for her to be with someone else.
When Peter discovers the abuse Rose is being put through, he sees red. Taking her away from her family, he is determined to make her his.
It’s time to move on, but Peter is not the only one who needs to look toward the future. Cape Falls itself is about to be hit by an event that will leave them no choice but to move on.
Cape Falls is an old-fashioned town, and the past needs to be put to bed.
Reaching out, he pushed some of her hair off her face, stroking her cheek with his knuckles.
“What about me?” he asked. “Did you like my kiss?”
She nodded. “Yes, I loved your kiss. I like it when you touch me.”
He tilted her head back and leaned forward. “Do you want me to kiss you now?” he asked.
“Yes.” Her voice was so soft like a whisper.
“Are you sure?”
Was this really happening? Rose watched his head move, and seconds later his mouth was on hers. At first the caress of his lips was light, and then something changed. His hands sank into her hair, fisting the strands. Her nipples hardened, and her pussy grew wet with need. She ached all over, and a fire was burning bright.
The kiss Peter had given her in the library had been the only thing to keep her stable throughout it all. She was weak where it came to him, and there was nothing she could do to stop it. He tilted her head back, exposing her neck, and he plunged his tongue inside her mouth.
She moaned, meeting his tongue with her own. Her heart pounded inside her chest so hard that she thought it was going to crash out of her chest.
He pressed her against the kitchen counter, holding her in place with his hands in her hair. Rose met his strokes and wished she knew what she was doing.
“Please,” she said, moaning. Peter broke the contact to press kisses down her neck. He sucked on her exposed neck. The night shirt she wore was too big and had fallen down one arm.
“You’re so fucking beautiful,” he said.
She’d never thought herself as beautiful before. In Peter’s arms, she felt it.
“Peter.” His name came out as a groan. Nibbling her lip she gasped when he pushed her nightshirt down exposing one of her breasts.
Refusing him was out of the question. She was so turned on, and she would do everything he asked.
“I shouldn’t be doing this,” he said.
“Please, don’t stop.” She lifted her hands up touching his arms. In all the time they’d known each other they’d never really been together intimately. She couldn’t recall really touching him.
“This isn’t right,” he said. Peter still held her arms, and her breast was still exposed. His gaze went from her breast to her eyes then back again. She saw the fight he was having.
“This is so right. I’m not afraid with you, Peter. Please, I want you to be my first,” she said.
I cannot wait to see how Cape Fall changes with the events that take place in "Moving On". Please do not make me wait too long. This is a wonderful novella to be enjoyed by anyone who likes a bit of suspense and the seedier underbelly of a town's grittiness in their romances. Welcome back to Cape Falls, where very little has changed over the years. At first glance it is a charming old fashion town, then you begin to see the rot beneath the surface. Women have little say in their lives and the children even less. Family lines set your place in society and outsiders remain just that. If you do not follow what the town considers the norm you are not welcomed there and you are hounded until you will give up and leave. If you are lucky to come from one of the accepted leading families and are male you can get away with anything. Such are the facts of life for Peter Miller. He was disowned by his. Then we have Rose Slater. She is nineteen and under the control of her family to the extent that they goes so far as to control what foods she eats and how much food. They decide how often and when she is allowed to eat. She feels safe when she is with Peter, but Peter remains devoted to a woman he as loved for years, who belongs to another. He also feels Rose is too inexperienced and young for a Dom like himself. Yet he cannot give up the times he spends with Rose at the Library. One day she fails to show up at work and he learns she has quit. He is hurt. Then he hears how she has been coming to the Sheriff's office without talking to anyone. He decides to go to her home and check on her. What he finds horrifies him. Rose is so deprived of nutrition she is shaking. The cupboards are chained and locked. All items in the refrigerator are marked so her parents will know if she has a glass of juice or milk. Worst of all her parents have been taking money from the family of the man they have chosen to marry Rose to do all this. A man Rose is terrified of and who has told her he owns her and plans to share her with his friends when they marry. "Moving On" takes place 3 years after "His To Control". And yes it is part of a series, but is easily read as a standalone. You will enjoy Sam Crescent's take on a morally strict town with corrupt morals. You will be both amazed and appalled at what is allowed to take place there. The fact that she is not afraid to show the darker side of life in her stories keeps me returning to her Cape Falls series. You are left with the feeling that there is hope for the town and its residents. You are just not sure if it will come soon enough to save them. I have watched so many of the characters develop over the course of the series and have my favorites as well. I must say Peter and Rose have joined that list. When she brings the older characters into her stories I get to catch up on what has happened since their own stories were told.
I really enjoyed Peter's story! Peter really changed from when we first met him. Rose was such a sweetheart. This is a great series and I am really enjoying it a lot!!