The arrival of a single black rose signals danger to come for Kylie Brewer.
Recovering from a brutal attack that claimed three years of her memory and her chance at a promising career, Kylie just wants to pick up the remaining fragments of her life.
She returns to her hometown of Conard City to live with her sister but soon learns that putting the past in its place won't be easy.
Marine sergeant Evan Cooper—a trusted family friend who agrees to help Kylie—can't ignore his protective instincts.
Or the steadily growing desire he feels for a woman who has overcome so much.
He vows to help keep Kylie's demons at bay…but someone else has plans to finish what they started.
The Suspense in this story is creepy evil that lurks in the corners and crawls closer and closer to you. He enjoys the torture, the fear, the horror he creates, and you know from the start his identity, yet you are the only one who knows it with no way to warn the characters about him.
Yikes, yes, I was spooked from the prologue of the story, and the intense, eerie, ghoulish evil just gets stronger as the story continues. In all the gruesomeness, the suspense was well built and done.
Kylie and Coop both were really charismatic, likable, easy to relate to, and I loved hanging out with them. The memory loss Kylie has is intriguing and scary, her angst and dread because of it was real. I absolutely loved how Coop was able to center her, keep her safe, comfort her, and relate to her nightmares. They have something special, and the author managed to make it palpable, tenderly passionate, in a sweet way fierce.
I loved them hanging out, getting to know each other, so honest and raw with each other, making a team from the first moment they meet. The protectiveness Coop has for Kylie is admirable, and him still letting her do her thing despite it, adorable. They let each other be, exists, and grow in the space they both are, giving the other the space they need, but staying close enough to protect the other if needed. Yes, I was completely enamored with those two, and the relationship they were building.
Terrifying suspense, a memory loss that has everyone on the edge, and romance that completely enchanted, makings of a story that kept me up late just to see what happens
~ Four 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