Jess Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.
Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life… or their very being.
(Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction)
Jenny: 4 stars
Gitte: 4 stars
Jenny: So, this is another one we knew nothing about going into it and what an enjoyable, mysterious, suspenseful and hot read it turned out to be.
We meet Jewell Macleod aka Jess Mackey who is in hiding from her past, specifically her crazy step brother Thadeus who is hell bent on revenge over something that happened a couple of years back. Jess has many secrets and trying to keep them under wraps becomes harder and harder as she begins to let people in.
Gitte, even though at times, Jess frustrated me, on the whole I liked her. She admitted her failings…which mostly had to do with the hot and gorgeous Devin Castile (more on him later) and you really felt the conflict she was going through over her desire to keep herself under the radar but also submit to her desires for Devin
“the reality was the distraction of Devin Castile and what he brought to the table, or didn’t bring…..has changed my focus. It’s moved from survival and anonymity to wanting to be with him. On whatever pathetic terms he dictated. Jess.
Gitte: Yeah I really enjoyed this one as well Jenny. I thought it was different; it was sexy, dark and addictive. I couldn’t really figure out at first whether I liked our heroine or not but I think it was because it took me a while to get used to the writing style of this Author. I did feel for Jess as she truly was a victim of circumstances outside her control and she lived with guilt and in fear. She was trying to live her life but too many obstacles prevented her from doing so. The minute she tries to, her past catches up with her in the form of Devin and Mitch.
Jenny: Devin Castile is our hot, gorgeous, mysterious, alpha womanising hero. Yes, this guy oozes sex and is one sexy man! Loved him and I’m guessing you did too Gitte.
“you can and you will Jess”…….hmmm that line just about had me combusting!
It’s hard to say too much about this story because I don’t want to give anything away. A lot happens, a few mysteries are solved and there is suspense aplenty. It was a little far- fetched at times, especially towards the end but it was a nice escape and I did enjoy it.
I enjoyed the intensity between Jess and Devin. These two had chemistry by the truck load and I did find myself longing for the moments these two spent together because I enjoyed their interatction the most in the book.
“He moves like he is meant to be against my body, pressed up against me”….yep, the chemistry is h.o.t between these two characters.
Whilst I did find some scenes a little over the top and the writing a bit odd at times, it didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the story and I did enjoy this book. I definitely couldn’t put it down and had to know the end!
Gitte: Seriously I fell in love with Devin Jenny. He was rough, tough, mysterious and wow did he do the whole controlling dirty mouth thing well!! And yeah you are spot on, this is one easy to spoil story because the crux of it almost begins on page one. It is full of suspense, twists and heat and the chemistry was written really well. I agree, the writing took some time getting used to but it didn’t spoil it for me either and I pretty much finished this book in one sitting because I needed to know how it would play out!
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