When the sun disappeared, the world was cast in shadows, hiding the evil that lay in wait. When it was dark, I hunted. The shadows caressed my body as I did things I could never do in the light of day.
Eighteen-year-old Bree Bowen has spent her entire life training and working as one of her father’s assassins. Fear has kept her and her best friend, Wes, under her father’s thumb—until now.
When Wes takes matters into his own hands, securing Bree a new identity and a plane ticket to America, he gives her the one chance she’s been desperately seeking.
Learning to live a new life isn’t easy. Add in her new roommate, Reid, who just happens to be a stripper, and things start to get a little crazy. Falling for a man has never been part of her plan, but she can’t seem to stay away from Reid.
When Bree’s past comes crashing back into her life, secrets that she’s fought to keep hidden are revealed, and she’s forced to choose between Reid and the life she could have with him, or Wes, the one man who has always loved her unconditionally.
Regardless of her choice, she must learn the consequences of sin.
This book will be a standalone.
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation in this tour.
- Bree’s remorse is a raw, open wound. It haunts and scars her. All of her actions are focused on trying to forget the life that she was forced into. All Bree wants is to be normal, to be free of her father’s ties and cruel expectations, Bree has never lived for herself. When she gets a chance, she glows. She’s a warm, beautiful soul who never had the opportunity to come into her sexuality, to love, to explore. Bree discovers so much about herself and what it means to love. Bree has a big heart and when she lets herself shine it’s truly something to behold.
- The friendship between Wes and Bree is playful and honest. There’s genuine love in their touches and the risks they take to protect each other. Wes is adorably protective and it’s incredibly sexy. He puts his life on the line, no matter how much he could get hurt to make sure Bree is safe. Her happiness matters more than his own. He’s all sorts of dreamy 🙂 Plus, the way he can take others out with his fists and his measured stance when he points his gun, there’s zero doubt that he’ll come out on top.
- Reid. The stripping scene. I just about died. Talk about sexy. Reid knows he’s hot and he uses it. Between his cocky smirking and dirty comments, it’s enough to make any girl blush. The way he loses control. Oh. My. He’s predatory one moment and a lovable puppy the next.
- Reid and Bree have undeniable chemistry. The lust is evident in their constant angst and heated looks.
- The suspense was muted. There wasn’t a significant amount of build up to capture the anxiety and fear needed to get adrenaline up.
- The action scenes were anticlimactic and dragged on. There was a substantial amount of talking and it slowed down the scenes so that when the tables turned, it wasn’t much a surprise but expected reality.
- For being something as terrifying and gruesome as the Mafia, there weren’t many scenes showcasing their power or ruthlessness. The fear wasn’t there, at least, not to the extent it should have been. Resolutions were too easy almost. The ability to escape and evade, to severe ties lacked the suspicion and hopelessness that clouded Bree’s mind for most of the book and fit with a Mafia-style book. The absence of complications, serious battles, and action left the story feeling like it was missing a critical element.
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