Levi Hawkins was a typical fun-loving, hard-partying college student with his whole life in front of him - until one tragic night ripped his world apart and left him adrift with no home or family to return to. After a soul-crushing stint in Afghanistan, he spent a decade wandering the globe searching for something or someone to make him whole again. Weary of regret and consumed by loneliness, he puts his heart on the line and turns to the only people still connected to him by blood.
He found an obsession...
A chance encounter at a lakeside café puts single mother Tori Ford directly in Levi's path and he's ready to stake a claim. She wants to keep her life simple. Work hard, raise her daughter, save some money and one day open the pie shop she's always dreamed of. She doesn't need complicated and she certainly doesn't need a wickedly hot dominant to take control of her future. Except when he touches her she yearns for the pleasure and passion of submission. But Tori can't take another heartbreak and she can never trust Levi with her heart or her daughter if he won't open up about the darkness slowly consuming him.
Due to mature content, this book is recommended to persons aged 18 and up.
©2013 Eliza Gayle (P)2014 Eliza Gayle
My first review was lost, so this one won’t be as thorough. In a nutshell, this another romantic tale of two people whose entire relationship is based on great sex. So when love is tossed around too soon, it appears out of nowhere, with no basis. Love was being banded around within what seemed like less than a month. The timeframe is not made explicit. But it was very fast. And the too-fast love extended from the H to the h’s 4-yr-old daughter. Levi acted a bit creepy in his immediate connection and over-protection of Hannah, Tori’s daughter. In one scene, after an ordeal involving Hannah, when asked by Tori, Hannah’s mom, to give Hannah to her, Levi said that he didn’t want to let her go because she felt kinda good in his arms. He wasn’t being sexual or anything, but his equating his attachment to her as equal to Hannah’s mom, after having had one brief interaction with her at a diner, was just creepy. And Tori found it wonderful instead of creepy. This is more about the author not writing her characters to behave consistently or in ways that most would find rational or at least plausible, since sometimes people act in irrational ways that can be explained even if the explanation is crazy. Again, sorry for less detail, but I can’t recall everything I wrote in my first review to substantiate my rating and assessment of this story.
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