Romance author, Elizabeth Russell lives alone, works alone, and that’s that way she likes it. No ties, no relationships, no complications. But when her apartment is broken into and it looks more personal than per-chance, she finds herself running to the only person who can protect her—too bad he also has the most potential to crush her world.
Former Marine turned securities expert, Zach Steele doesn’t do regret or second chances. So when a sexy heartbreak from his past shows up on his doorstep, desperate for a safe place to crash, his first reaction is, Hell no. But with a stalker quickly closing in and the only woman he’s ever loved looking up at him like he’s still “that” guy, Zach offers up his protection. Working together to bring her stalker down brings them closer than ever, and Zach realizes that it’s not just Elizabeth’s life that’s in danger . . . but also his guarded heart.
The suspense starts off from the page one, and builds up from there. There's danger and fear present and palpable, and the only place Beth feels safe in, is Zach's arms.
The story builds up well, part of the story is told from the villain's point of view, giving it more depth and intensity. The author manages to hold the identity of the villain, till the end, a great achievement for a debut book.
The love between Beth and Zach has always been there. The issues Beth has from her childhood home, prevents her to make commitments, or trust the love Zach has for her. Her attempts to be independent, fears of being fenced in, leads her to make some idiotic decisions while the psycho is after her.
Zach has loved Beth from the first moment he saw her in high school. All his life decisions are made towards them being together one day. Otherwise, such an alpha male, has his weakness and insecurity in Beth. While protecting Beth from the madman, Zach finally has the opportunity to show Beth how their life could be together, if she would just let her fears go.
Zach and Beth had chemistry, and connection. It was obvious that he was the only person she trusted, the only person she could count on.
The storyline was interesting, the suspense and action were well built and timed. The love and romance were satisfying with its sweetness and passion, even though at times a bit cliche. Overall a great story
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me