Summary

Pain punished her.
The bottle numbed her.
Guilt kept her trapped.
In the dark alley of a pub, the words "Please don't" take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her. Holding her secrets close, she can't resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her - melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.
His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family's pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.
He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air - the balance and the light he's been missing.
Due to content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.
©2015 Margreet Asselbergs as Freya Barker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Pippy Longstockings on 16-01-18

Not quit for me

I've always hated it when reviewers are cruel - because writers and performers are just as human as the rest of us (if not more so). The woman narrating was perhaps just not a good fit for me. She spoke so slowly, enunciating so well, that she would have been amazing if narrating several other kinds of stories or non-fiction. But for this story, I kept asking myself if I would have liked the story better had I just read it in a book, hearing my own voice in my head haha. Speaking slowly like that was also appropriate when maybe drunk, in shock, still homeless. The man narrating was good (tho I kept wanting an accent to go with the rough and tumble swearing!).

I loved the concept of a homeless, broken woman finding redemption, new love and getting a new start, but a couple of things bothered me here, too. The story still managed to be pretty formulaic, however with a story meant to be filled with tons and tons of sex, that's common enough. Again though I may have liked the story a lot more with a more appropriate female narrator. But I was really turned off by how into Syd's thinness Gunner was...that it turned him on - and that he was fantasizing about "fucking" her when she was dangerously thin and unhealthy and she had JUST come in off the streets. Wth?!! That was disgusting. And then he went on to obsess over her smallness. Same with his wanting to get down and dirty right after she was assaulted. Hey I get kinky but this felt just sorta sick. Lastly, did a man write this? Because most women don't orgasm so fast each and every time.

Sorry for the negativity. But I hope it's seen as constructive criticism!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pam Buchanan on 29-11-17

What a wonderful journey

I loved these characters and the story when it first released. I loved revisiting Sid as she works her way from rock bottom. Finding a chance she no longer felt worthy of thanks to her family that should have helped her in her time of despiration. Finding the wonderful people at the Skipper gave her so much more.
Can't wait to listen to more of the series and fall in love all over again.

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