Lucas Kiefer has lived through hell. Assaulted and nearly murdered by a man obsessed with him, he now lives with horrible scars inside and out. Abandoned by his boyfriend while trying to recover, Lucas withdraws into himself. Building a new life, he focuses only on running his bookstore. But his nightmare returns when, 10 years later, his attacker is released from jail on a technicality.
Sheriff Nicholas Demetris has known and loved Lucas for five years. He doesn't care about physical scars; he's attracted to the silently strong man inside. He knows Lucas feels more for him than he'll admit. Despite being well aware of Nicholas's feelings, Lucas won't allow anyone close, regardless of the feelings in his heart, especially now when he's once again the focus of unwanted and deadly intentions. Lucas can't stand the idea of anyone being hurt for him, but Nicholas is determined to protect him and earn Lucas's love no matter what.
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Fast paced, slightly cheesy and slightly sexy
The vocabulary gets a bit same-y (you can tell there's a thing with hair as it gets mentioned quite a lot.) the characters speak in an arrogant and smarmy way. Cheesy perhaps, "I knew I loved him" "I knew he loved me" love love love gets mentioned a lot as well as "Always" and "Forever". The characters quite often throw in cheesy puns and sometimes you get a out-of-the-blue erotic reference. It doesn't feel like what they say is all that realistic; more like a sitcom episode.
There's a lot of build up that happens about their concerns and when the time comes to confront them, they are so easily overcome in a non-climatic way.
I like how it's not all about two perfectly hot characters. That one of them sees imperfection due to his circumstances. I like the plot idea she could have expanded on two of the main concerns such that there's a lot of build up that happens and when the time comes to confront them, they are so easily overcome.
The narration is quite quick. I'm not sure if they had sped it up but conversations and sentences were just too quick to digest fully before the next line is thrown in.
Disappointment at how easy it feels to overcome two major issues
Noticing the audiobook art. It's a picture of a young male with brown hair at a school library. It confused me to who it's meant to be. It's at a school so it's either Lucas or Ripley but Lucas has blonde hair (mentioned a lot) so is it Ripley? Ripley really isn't a main character so why would it be. Nicolas has brown hair but he's a cop and his past isn't mentioned. Maybe I'm overthinking but I would have liked the picture to relate to the story than just choosing any picture of a young attractive guy at a school to lure listeners in.