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- Print Length: 231 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500683027
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MAVBMR2
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The story follows Erica/Riley, a former doctor who is forced to go into hiding after witnessing a mob hit. She is traumatised by what she saw and what happened to her at the hands of the killers so doesn't trust easily. She meets Slate, a heavy weight boxing champion after he moves into her building to avoid publicity between fights.
Slate, I liked. He was very sweet and understanding towards Riley and wants to protect and help her. The author gave him an interesting background that makes him keenly attuned to what Riley went through and I liked that. I also give the author points for not making him the typical devil may care fighter character, he is actually quite introverted and has no interest in the trappings of fame which made a nice change.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy much else about the story. Warning, my review will be very SPOILER heavy from here....
My main issue was that I didn't feel like the plot was very well thought out. Take the circumstances of Riley/Erica's trauma(I will just use Erica from here as it is her real name). She was a resident working at a hospital and as she had a lot of debt, was persuaded to do a house visit to a patient for cash. She is told that he is a hypochondriac and it will be easy money. When she arrives at the house she discovers the man she is there to treat is suffering from cancer, and quickly after she arrives a group of men appear and kill him. Apparently he is a part of some crime family, and his brother decided to betray him to a rival family. We are told that he used Erica's visit to arrange this, and my response was huh??? It made literally no sense.
Firstly, the guy has cancer, and it seems from the narrative it was pretty far advanced. You'd think a betrayal would be more easily covered up by just helping him along, as opposed to shooting him in the head. And why exactly was an actual doctor required for this? All that Erica's presence created was a witness. She didn't treat the patient and it was never intended that she would so seriously, why on earth was she there??? It seems the a simpler scenario could have been for her just to be a passerby witnessing a crime. This back story was so needlessly convoluted it just irritated me.
Then we have Leo/Dave/Marcus,(Leo) who lives with Erica and is tasked with her protection. I had a massive issue with this character and how he was used. We are introduced to him at the very start of the book, which begins during Erica's kidnapping by the crime family. (We don't learn about the backstory till much later). Leo appears to be a member of the crime family and is tasked with taking Erica to kill her, but it is decided that the group will have a little 'fun' with her first. She is brutally raped by eight of the men (nothing too graphic but still unpleasant) seemingly under Leo's supervision. When he comes to take his 'turn' it transpires that he is trying to help her, he doesn't touch her but tells her she will have to endure one more guy but he will try and get her out alive. When a new member arrives and cuts her, leo apparently throws this plan out the window, shoots a number of the group and gets Erica out. We are (much) later told that Leo was an undercover DEA agent but couldn't get Erica out as his gun was taken from him and there were guys with guns on him at the time preventing him from helping. This again, made no sense. Nothing that we are privy too during Erica's ordeal supports this explanation. It seems that Leo is in charge during her rapes, and the whole taking his gun and having him under guard would only make sense if they knew or suspected he was undercover. If this was true, why wouldn't they kill him, remove him or at least not put him in charge of a witness?? Frankly, I think the author only put this explanation in to try and redeem Leo and justify the creepy co-dependent relationship he had with Erica but it didn't work for me.
We are also supposed to buy that witness protection allowed an undercover DEA agent to go into protection with a witness, which is absurd enough, but in these circumstances? No way. Erica apparently only felt safe with Leo and they have a close brother/sister relationship so he is with her to protect her. I found it all incredibly disturbing. This is a character that facilitated her multiple rapes. Multiple rapes! I can understand that he was doing his job etc, even leaving aside the stupid explanation but he should not be within 1000 miles of her. It would firstly call all of her evidence into question surely and secondly it's oh so creepy! Any dependency Erica has on him is clearly unhealthy and should and would have been stopped immediately. I really couldn't get past this point, it did nothing for the story and really bothered me.
Another problem I had is that while we witness Erica's attack at the very start of the story, we get none of this backstory until quite late into the book. So we are left with a big gap in the story for far too long, I'm my opinion. I found it frustrating as I couldn't understand some of Erica's actions, couldn't understand Leo's presence, and as I found his presence so very odd in the first place an earlier (and better) explanation was really required.
Finally there was Erica. I just couldn't warm to her. I didn't feel any connection and despite her ordeal she came across as quite an unsympathetic character. This is really hammered home at the end of the book where she and her Leo come up with a plan to lure the bad guys that are still after them so she could be free, and instead of informing Slate or involving him, they stage a ridiculous scene where Leo pretends to leave and allow the bad guys to come to Slate's home, attack him and they tell him absolutely nothing. She then is obnoxiously smug when her plan works and is positively blasé about it, not a hint of an apology.
My two stars are really solely for Slate. I would consider trying this author again solely because I liked his character, but I would really hope for an improvement on plot.
This one was, however, a difficult experience to start – “Riley”/Erica’s recanting of her past to describe where she finds herself today was brutal, even without being overly descriptive (thank goodness). Her life continued, completely stuck in fear mode until she met her neighbor, Slate, and he slowly rebuilt her ability to trust. I loved the two of them together. While the chemistry was palpable, I enjoyed watching them build their relationship over time. Slate’s character was unexpected given his occupation. He was protective, sweet, understanding and sexy. A temper when provoked but not the overbearing alpha male I anticipated, and I liked that. His ability to read Riley and her fears endeared me to him even more. Erica was difficult and complex. I hated to watch this broken women struggle through each day, each sound, each motion. But it was all understandable given the circumstances that forced her to be on the run. What Slate could bring out in her though – the confident and sassy woman, that I enjoyed, so knowing we would only see more of her, I had to keep reading. The suspense and steam were completely and utterly enjoyable. I would be remiss if I did not mention Erica’s friend and protector Leo. I honestly can say I did not understand their friendship. I didn’t. Erica is a much bigger person than I. But I did respect him for the role he took in her life. Probably seems a bit out of context, but if/when you read this one, all will become clear.
Another great read from Aly Martinez. There was a really nice balance of angst, emotion, suspense, and action without any one overpowering the other. The characters are interesting and not static. The flow of the story, while a little slow at times, never let me down. Just a great read. And then she had to throw in that snippet at the end – hmmmmm. I have to say, the unexpected has left me completely intrigued. I cannot wait to see where she takes us next.