Stanton Rourke lives life on the edge. The steely South African mercenary is dangerous in every way…especially to Clarisse Carrington's heart.
She and Rourke were playmates as children, but she's not the innocent girl he once knew. When tragedy robbed Clarisse of her entire family, her life was changed forever. Besides, she's a grown woman now, and there are secrets that hold her back from succumbing to her pursuer.
As she struggles to keep her distance, sparks as hot as a Texas summer fly between them. But danger is following Clarisse, leaving her no choice but to rely on Rourke, even as the old wounds lying dormant between them flare up again…
My opinion of the story is a bit split, and I will do my best to explain why.
First of all, the book has several parts, the beginning, the truth revealed, the twist, the memory returns, and the ending.
I found the beginning of the story melancholy and desperate. The tone of the tale is dark and fierce, the hero is overwhelmingly hostile towards the heroine. But it gave a good foundation to the story for what's to come, and introduced the players.
The truth revealed part was joyous, and cheerful. Finally, everything is open, honest, and loving, after so many years of waiting. I found the love scenes rushed and lacking of something, yet they were passionate and romantic. After so many years of hateful behavior from the hero towards the heroine, it was amazing how fast and swiftly she forgave him.
The twist. Too much drama, too much happening, it was dragging along, and the story nearly lost me here.
The rest of the story happens really fast, the story picks up, and things are happening, moving along. The ending was sweet, and adorable, the hero trying to redeem himself. I admire the heroine's ability to forgive, forget, and move on, with an ease after everything she went through.
The plot was cluttered, lavished with events, the lifelong affection, loyalty, and love towards each other by the hero and heroine darling, and I even came to care for the characters towards the end.
~ Three Spoons
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