This was my first book by this author. I haven’t read the first two books in the series, but I did buy them. If I find a lot of their beginning story is found in either of those books I will add a note here. This book can be read as a stand alone but I do feel like it would be better reading this in order. The characters from the previous books know or are related to these main characters and there is plenty of history going on that you don’t get the full information for reading this book. Enough is given that you aren’t lost, and it doesn’t feel like you’re reading a mini book within a book with the background, but still it would probably be helpful.
The book starts with our hero, Rayne, attending his sister’s wedding. His sister is marrying the heroine, Julia’s, brother. You find out that they have a history, a kiss, that has ended badly. Rayne left the scene and goes to live in America. He’s been gone for two years and has returned to see his sister settled and finish his affairs before returning to America.
Julia has tried to heal her heart after Rayne broke it into pieces. Yet she has never forgotten him or searched elsewhere for love. The book doesn’t really have an enemies to lovers feel like you would think though. She decides she wants him. She makes a plan with a mutual friend to abduct him.
This book is a little dark. The hero does brood, he has issues, dark desires and he doesn’t want to pull Julia into his life but he struggles keeping away from her. There’s a lot of internal thinking, which I do like, I feel like it really lets me know the characters more and what they are feeling. I would have liked a bit more dialogue in the book because I really like that too.
I will say right now I don’t think this book is for everyone. The first pleasure scene you get is pages long, detailed, and honestly it went a little further than I’m used in HR. AND I LOVED IT. Hahaha. Then you get some scenes that were skimmed over and not going to lie, I was quite offended after that first wonderful scene. Just kidding, mostly. You get another scene later that does cross into a very small amount spanking and being tied. The scene was well done though, and it was just once. It’s not really my thing, but I enjoyed that as well. I have asked if most of her books take this route, and I don’t think it’s the usual? I plan on reading book 1 soon, so I’m curious. It might just be Rayne that wants these things. Anyway, for this book, it was a bit of a step away from your normal HR.
I give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️