- File Size: 1603 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Publisher: Christine Zolendz (June 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0713X8FTH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As I read this book I found myself hating Brooke, even though my heart was breaking for her. Christine Zolendz has the ability to write a story that makes you BELIEVE it. You are swept up into the lives of the people you are reading about. Like Brooke, you know Ryan is too good to be true. Like Brooke you are waiting for him to be a jerk. And, like Brooke you begin to believe in him. By the middle of this book I was cheering for Ryan. It was totally believable when his defense of her put him at odds with others.
Reading this book was like living the life of a friend. Abuse, autism, and learning to love yourself are all topics that most authors aren't brave enough to write about on their own. Christine Zolendz put all three together into a masterpiece that proves abuse can be overcome, loving yourself is okay, and people with autism are hero's in their own right. Read the series. You won't regret it.
Ryan Cage is a detective who has recently been transferred to a new job. He is loud-mouthed and completely filterless with a history as a bit of a player, but he took one look at his new partner’s younger sister and was instantly smitten. Brooke is also in the police force. She is strong and dedicated to her job, but a relationship turned bad has left her damaged and vulnerable. We saw them meet in the first book, there was great chemistry and lots of flirting, but Brooke wasn’t in a position to explore anything.
Brooke’s last relationship was a disaster which ended badly. There were hints of it in the last book, but here we get all of the details, and my heart broke for her. She is very self aware – acknowledging that she always falls for the bad boy, and she always falls too fast, but she remains desperate for love, even though she no longer trusts her own judgement. Added to the drama, her ex refuses to let her go. There's also a forbidden element which makes her situation even more complex. And then there’s Ryan…
Ryan has made himself a bit of a fixture in Brooke’s life. Of course they see each other at work, but he also goes out of his way to flirt and banter with her, desperate for his shot. And the more he sees her, the more he recognises what’s actually going on with her, and he becomes a shoulder for her to lean on – offering support and comfort becoming a rock.
I completely fell for Ryan in this book. On our first introduction to him he seemed like a loud-mouthed jerk, but I loved seeing his softer side come out as we get to know him – seeing him with his family, and also with Brooke, he's got the sweetest heart, and I loved his protective, supportive nature.
Their relationship is a friends-who-are-attracted-to-lovers situation, and it’s really beautifully done. There’s a lot of emotion between them, and a bit of back and forth as they figure themselves out and work out what they really want, but it’s well done and doesn’t get too angsty or irritating. It’s a really nice journey, sweet, natural, passionate and swoony, and I could feel it as they fell hard for each other.
There is external drama which adds a great side-story, tying in really well with Ryan and Brooke’s story and providing some added depth, and the questions that I was left with after finishing the first book were all answered as the story builds to its exciting climax. It all ends in a great place, with an epilogue which finishes everything off really nicely, and a hint dropped for the next book which I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Love is suppose to be wonderful and amazing. It is not suppose to be painful and dangerous. Brooke Fury fell in love and learned the hard lesson that sometimes it is not to be. But the damage to her own confidence and self-worth is the hardest hit that she is having to deal with. Being around this person almost every day has made her job hard, but because she is a cop she needs to be put that aside to do her job. The only problem is that she works with other cops and they are trained to be observant and notice deviances of behavior. And that is exactly what Ryan Cage has seen.
Ryan Cage always thought that Brooke was beautiful and strong, but there is something damaged lurking behind her eyes. And bruises appearing on her skin. Finding out the truth is hard, but it is a truth that she needs to know. But the pain and betrayal in front of her is not the only danger that is lurks in the shadows. There is a killer on the loose and now that this new information has come to light, it seems that Brooke is surrounded by something even darker than a broken heart. Now it looks like she could be the next victim, and Ryan will protect her anyway he can.
I had a bit of a hard time relating to Brooke. I really didn’t like her. It had nothing to do with the writing of the story, which was very good, but with the character herself. I did like the idea of the story and there was a lot of chemistry and drama with the characters. The story starts with a shocker of a scene, but it does a good bit of fizzle between the main characters as it goes on. But, the chemistry between the rest of the characters, good and bad, continues throughout the pages. I did enjoy the end and the comeuppance that one of the characters received. All in all, a nice story and a nice read.
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