Summary

From the best-selling author of On Dublin Street, "Scotland's EL James" (Sunday Post), comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time....
Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she's sworn off men - especially those of the bad-boy variety.
Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid - gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man - one who's determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.
As Shannon begins to open up, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when her past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them - and tear them apart for good....
©2014 Samantha Young (P)2014 Penguin Random House LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 03-07-18

Disappointing addition to this series

The h in this book had “issues” with trust due to her previous boyfriends being unfaithful/a thief/a drug dealer/violent, which she failed to notice even though her family frequently tried to warn her. Her bad judgment continues when she assumes the H cannot be trusted simply because he is good looking and tattooed (huh?).

The H comes on really strong as soon as they meet which, as her boss, really borders on harassment rather than romance. He was, we are told, a super nice guy who was “only interested in serious relationships” and “didn’t do casual”, but he then casually dates a girl and then dumps the poor woman as soon as she gets serious, seemingly just to make the h jealous. The H and h were in a relationship pretty quickly after this, even though she says she would never trust him, but was happy to have lots of very graphic sex, with lots of sex talk (“come for me”), and grunts and groans that made me cringe.

The “super nice guy” H pushes for unprotected sex twice in their first days together - soooo not cool. He made no effort to be pleasant to the h’s family, even though he knows they have had problems with all her past boyfriends. He expects the h to choose him, over her family, while all his friends make it quite clear that their friendship and her job is conditional upon her staying with the H. When she tries to plan a reconciliation with her family, the H cuts her out of his life, refuses to talk and turns all his friends against her. The fact that she then made it quite clear that she would willingly reject her family to stay with the h, only displayed her continued failure to grow a backbone with men, because is this not how an abusive relationship starts?

The h’s family were depicted badly, but I actually felt sorry for them having to live with the consequences of the h’s poor judgment in men. I fully understood why they were upset when she disappears for months (shortly after her last boyfriend left her in hospital and her brother in jail), then turns up, yet again, in a relationship. I agreed with her father who suggested that maybe she should try being single for a while, and I also understand why her sister makes a negative judgement of the H, who was unfriendly and antagonistic the first time they met. When her family tell her they love her, and are worried about her, she resents that they don’t trust her judgment – which has been consistently bad!

The ending of the book was awful. It was super cheesy and seemed to be aimed at an audience of teenage romantics. I enjoyed the first half of this book but the h never grew or developed in any way and is still letting the man in her life control her, even if this time she was lucky enough to find a nice guy.

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