Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense – Dark
I’m a killer, a hardened criminal born into the underbelly of an unlawful world that my father crafted, and I am to be crowned the next King. I used to covet the dark; it has forever been my friend and forgives me my sins. A slither of light has dared me to hope, it has my house of cards tumbling all around me. From the moment I saw her I knew she would be my downfall, for how can something that shines so bright not burn? Yet, she is my salvation and I gladly walk the path that I have chosen….
I cringe at my own shadow; dark corners of my mind forever torment me. I have yet to escape from my demons; they beseech me with every turn of my head. Yet lurking is a promise, a promise of things to come. It has my heart in a vice; squeezing the last dregs of a love I never thought I could feel again. From the moment I saw him I knew he would be my downfall, for how can something that smoulders so dark not singe? Yet, he is my redemption and I gladly walk the path that I have chosen….
“Thou shalt always protect the family.”
Loyalty doesn’t come much richer than family so when Lee Young decides to hang up his gun and head north he sets in motion a chain of events that cause murder and mayhem with every step closer he takes to walking.
When two worlds collide, it forces Rose to meet her demons head on and has Lee frantically trying to keep both Rose and her daughter safe. The road they travel together will be their greatest challenge and their most dangerous yet.
With so much to lose but everything to gain, Lee and Rose become embroiled in a game of cat and mouse as they try to confront the threats surrounding them. Running to keep one step ahead of everyone else, can these lovers climb out of the dark that they find themselves in and bathe in the light their love promises before the fire burns to embers and their world is snuffed to smoke?Can be read as a standalone
It was dark, violent at times and rough with a hint of erotic moments. This book deals with some strong situations, involving abused behaviors, physically and mentally.
When I met Lee and Rose in the first book of the series, I knew that their lives are gonna be entwined for the best, but mostly for the worse and the ugly.
Rose is running away with her daughter from her abusive husband. After years under his influence she got away, leaving a psycho husband who would try anything to find her again and to abdicate her. Tired to watch every step and looking up on her shoulder, she was fighting for her daughter, to protect her thanks to her new family.
Lee is trying to get away from his life, chosen by his family. When Rose seemed to be lightness despite her tragic past, Lee was totally the darkness. All is Life being surrounded, living and breathing violence, his encounter with Rose changed everything. He fell hard for her but knew that his lifestyle made Rose doubtful.
He was a very dark character, embracing, craving violence for the weakness and for his family. But how could Rose would fit in this life?
The only solution : to retire from all of this. Something which was more easy to say than done.
Throughout the story, this huge tension, closing on them like a vice, drowned in this incessant fear and violence. The author knew how to increase the intensity of anxiety; through the eyes of an abused woman who tried to move on, living in the constant fear of this shadow of her past. The situations were kinda bearable at times, humiliating behaviors leading to take all of soul, the feeling of worthless and defenseless in every way.
Despite all the darkness in both of their lives, Lee and Rose are meant to be, even with her reluctance, they can’t stay away; the pull is too intense, the craving and the need to be together were too strong. Lee was the one being patient and protecting Rose, her daughter and friends without limits, even if he had to kill someone.
These privileged moments was their escape from all the ugliness and despair, when them were both synchronize, heart and soul.
This was such a rollercoaster of emotions, I was on alert at every hardships, sub plots. A racing and captivating romance with a heartbreaking ending. I’m not gonna further about the storyline because I was so taken aback by the turning events. Lee and Rose’s story took my breath away, the author knew how to turn something bad and dark into something beautiful, with a disconcerting reality. I’m still processing what happened in Lee and Rose’s story, completely stunned and speechless …