A delicious Kristen Ashley fix, as usual. Gutsy heroine? Check! Sexy macho alpha male you want to take back home to mama? Check! Interesting plot? Check! They seriously need to bottle this stuff!
Gwen is a good girl – a good daughter, a conscientious worker, a good friend – nothing in her life is particularly adventurous or exciting … except that for the past year and a half the man of her dreams has been coming into her room at night, silently, unannounced. He makes love to her and then he leaves. She does not know his name. All she knows is that she met him in a bar, she immediately knew he was the ‘one’ and that she took him home that night.
“That feeling … I had when I first saw him and the feeling that I got, but I foolishly denied, every time he came to call. The butterflies in my stomach. The certainty that was borne of nothing but instinct that he was the one. (…) That’s the man for me, that man is the perfect man for me. If I could choose any man in the world, it would be that man I would choose for me.”
What she doesn’t know is that her mystery man, Hawk, saw her in that bar even before she saw him and came in there hoping to meet her.
“Clocked you before you clocked me, Gwen … Saw you through the windows as I was walkin’ up. Your friend was with you and you were laughin’ … Still see you.”
He has also known who she is and has been watching her and protecting her ever since they spent that first night together. Their unusual relationship continues until Gwen is thrown into a dangerous situation involving her sister, a gang of bikers and millions of dollars of stolen property. Hawk cannot stay invisible any longer and Gwen soon discovers there is a lot more to her mystery man than she ever could have imagined. They are thrown into something neither of them thought they were ready for but the more they get to know one another, the more they realise they are simply perfect for each other. He also realises that he should have claimed her as his own from the first time he saw her.
“A year and a half. Totally f*cking missed out.”
Gwen frees him from his past and the painful memories he has been living with. She offers him a second chance at happiness and he grabs it like a starving man. Their personalities clash – Hawk is dominant, bossy, determined, while Gwen is independent, gutsy but gentle – their attraction to each other is palpable and the fireworks between them could light up the sky. But like in typical Kirsten Ashley fashion, a myriad of secondary characters and a gripping plot make this book so much more than a mere romance novel. Drive-by shootings, break-ins in the middle of the night, fires, kidnappings, witness protection … throw then into the mix three sexy but armed alpha males pining for the same woman and you’ve got yourself Kirsten Ashley perfection. Again.
“You’re in deep with me, aren’t you, baby?”
“Drowning,” he whispered back.