- File Size: 1092 KB
- Print Length: 202 pages
- Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (February 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00777BLHK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Behind Closed Doors (The Daniels Brothers Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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32 year old Christoper is a cynic when it comes to women. The ultimate betrayal at the hands of his ex-wife Carol leaves Chris with a bad taste in his mouth when it comes to getting close to any woman, even though he is tempted to from time to time. But none has tested his resolve to stay away from the fairer sex as much as his new housemate Elizabeth, who from the very first encounter he desires with everything that is primal deep inside of him.
Though Chris is determined to ignore Elizabeth and the effect she has on his control and baser emotions, all his best laid plans somehow fly out the window when circumstances find both of them spending time with each other. Little by little Chris starts to see that Elizabeth is nothing like his ex-wife though his insecurities remain and Elizabeth starts to feel safe and secure in the fact that she is all woman and more than enough when it comes to Chris.
But somehow the fragile connection that is forged between these two is tested when someone starts threatening Elizabeth, somebody out to settle a score and out for Elizabeth's blood. Chris is surprised at the ferocity of all the protective instincts that flare to life deep inside of him and from then on there is no turning back for either Chris or Elizabeth as their relationship grows and fosters and is tested against all the hurdles that they face along the way.
It would be an understatement to say that I loved the 1st installment of the Daniel Brothers series. Chris the hero was just ultra-yummy. Brooding, tortured and a hot mess of a man who just made me go weak at the knees with his carnal thoughts about a woman who brings forth too much emotion from him right from the start. Chris doesn't want or need any complications in his life, and he certainly doesn't want that off-kilter feeling that strikes him whenever Elizabeth is around. But, when push comes to shove, there is none like Chris, his protective nature which just set off all the right emotions deep inside of me and I couldn't have asked for more from him, a hero I adored on all counts.
Elizabeth was just plain wonderful. I love heroines who are dainty, feminine and are not trying to prove every second of the day that they are as strong as or stronger than men. I especially loved how Sherri handled the abuse that Elizabeth had gone through and how Sherri portrayed the journey of self-discovery Elizabeth goes through and how she emerges that much stronger because of what she had been through. Her need for a man who is as crazy about her, maybe even more so, and the way Chris manages to chase away those shadows of self-doubt that continue to linger long after was one of the best parts of the story. I loved that it wasn't just Chris who was the giver in their relationship. Rather Elizabeth too acts as the soothing balm that soothes the tattered and frayed edges of Chris's heart and shatters down the walls of reserve that has held his emotion intact until Elizabeth turns up in his life.
Though the villain was easy to figure out more than half way into the story, the element of suspense in the novel proved to make this already well-rounded tale of romance that much more enticing. For me, the Daniel brothers and the whole family signifies a family as it should be. Relationships of the believable and heartwarming kind is what you find here and those bits certainly added towards making the story a well developed tale in all aspects. I am so looking forward to the story of each and every brother in the family, and up next is Gage's story, the playboy and the pro-football player and I will continue to wonder what Sherri has got in store for him. Winter 2013 seems so far away right now and the wait seems like an endless one.
For fans of tortured heroes, abused heroines who together finds the beauty that is love as it heals all scars and wounds on the surface and on the inside; this one's for you!
Chris and Elizabeth held my interest from the very beginning. I wanted to learn more about them, and, while the story didn't just pour it all out there, it did reveal the details of the characters and their lives at a good speed to keep the story moving and your interest peaked. I did want to shake some sense into Chris a time or two but overall he was pretty good. The interactions between Chris and Elizabeth throughout the book was fun and sweet.
I was pleased to find that Ms Hayes didn't do a lot of sex scene skips. You know the ones... where he carries her off to the bedroom and then you skip to the afterglow. While not explicit, the scenes that were there were nicely steamy.
I will confess that I heavily suspected the "bad guy" before it was confirmed. There was still the possibility it was someone else, but I was pretty certain.
I definitely enjoyed this book, and while romantic suspense won't take up top position in my reading preferences anytime soon, I am definitely interested in reading the second book in this series. Sherri Hayes will definitely stay on my list to watch.
Chris Daniels didn't want another woman in his life, at least not now. But after getting a look at his new neighbor, Elizabeth Marshall, all he can seem to do is think of her and the things that he would like to do to her. Anytime that he tries to get close to her, a look in her eyes stop him cold, the unadulterated fear she has of him turns his blood to ice but makes him wonder even more about this mystery woman. Once Chris convinces Elizabeth to attempt friendship with him, someone from her past begins a deadly game of cat and mouse with her that could lead to her untimely demise. While Chris has feelings for her, will her baggage deter him from making that final step? And when things get serious, will Chris be there at her side or will he leave her just like she expects him to?
This was a great story, with amazing characters and a nice twist in the plot to keep a reader guessing until the very end the `who dunnit' and if Elizabeth and Chris can make their relationship work, despite the drama overload. Sherri Hayes is a new to me author, but when the opportunity to review the book came up I gave it a shot and I am really glad that I did. The book kept me enthralled from the first meeting between Elizabeth and Chris and I was dying to find out all the details that only the ending could give me. I would definitely recommend this book to another reader looking for something with both romance and suspense thrown together, and this book has made a place for itself on my keeper shelf. You will not be disappointed in this one; Sherri Hayes is an author to watch out for!