She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.
Though Lauren Baxter’s world is a blurry mess of colors, she has no tolerance for pity. With the help of her guide dog, Jack Sparrow, she’s built a good life for herself. She has everything she wants: her PhD, a thriving counseling practice and her independence.
When she meets her new neighbor, the man’s warm Texas accent and clean male scent weaken her knees. Her attraction to the former Marine is mutual and, unfortunately, a complication she doesn’t need.
Gabriel Briggs carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has his reasons for indulging only in short-term flings, but the feisty, green-eyed Lauren makes him want to forget every one.
In a rare moment of fragility, Lauren winds up in Gabe’s arms. One night together can’t break their self-imposed rules, right? But when a woman from Gabe’s past is murdered, the reasons he should have stayed away become painfully clear, threatening innocent lives he may not be able to save—especially Lauren’s.
Warning: Contains a blind therapist who doesn’t consider herself impaired; a meddling, erotic-novel-writing best friend; a hot ex-Marine with a shady past; and a loyal guide dog that howls “I love you” and is probably the sanest one of the bunch.
If you are looking for a great binge read, look no further. Seriously. I’m kinda glad a pinched nerve kept me from doing something more productive because I don’t think I could have put this one down for even a second.
First off, the book was filled with amazing characters. I am a sucker for the strong heroine–the woman who knows she can make it on her own, who doesn’t need a man to save her–and Lauren is one of the strongest I’ve seen. She is determined not to let her disability define her. Yeah, she needs a guide dog to get around and an assistant to transcribe her notes but she manages the rest of her life just fine and God help anyone who tries to tell her otherwise. I’m also a sucker for the strong, sexy, secretive guy who want to claim and protect the headstrong heroine, even if it means getting his ass handed to him on a regular basis. Gabe believes Lauren when she says she doesn’t need him but that isn’t going to stop him from making her want him. The relationship between the two kinda reminds me of Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing. Both are too damn stubborn to admit their feelings so they irritate the other in hopes their feelings won’t be discovered. Yet, everyone around them can see what is going on. The secondary characters are wonderful and make the story even more compelling. Lauren’s BFF, Sunny, provides some comic relief and inappropriate commentary (she is my spirit animal). Jack Sparrow is so much more than just a guide dog (hey pets are people too). Little Evan opens a new world for both Gabe and Lauren. Then there’s Ben, Kayla and the Baxters; they provide some tension and prove to be more than what they seem.
The story itself was simply amazing. It was well written and the author shifted the perspectives back and forth so you get a great feel for what both Gabe and Lauren are feeling and how their story impacts them on an individual level. The heat between the two burns hot and while there are some steamy encounters, the author manages to keep a the main event off stage until later in the book. I really liked the way the author handled these scenes; as the more of the story unfolded and the characters became more emotionally vested, the more detailed and intense the sex scenes became. It kept things interesting. The author also wove a great deal of mystery around Gabe. While Lauren is pretty up front with her past, he keeps part of his hidden which made me wonder how bad his secrets were and how it would effect them in the long run. Throw in the ex-husband, the parents, a murder and investigation… it creates a great deal of drama, intrigue, and endless possible outcomes.
There is a lot going on in this book but the story flowed smoothly; the author managed to juggle all of the elements and create a seamless tale that kept me enthralled all day. I can’t wait to see what Kishan Paul comes up with next. She has set the bar pretty high but I expect we’ll be seeing more amazing books from this author.