If you've ever been in an abusive relationship (raises hand slowly) then this is a must read! If you just want to read a great book then again, thus i..Show More »s A must read for you.. I too was in an abusive relationship for 3 years, he cheated on me, gave me a VD as proof of it happening. He lied, he choked me many times to the point of almost passing out, he slammed my head on the window in his car, he physically and verbally assaulted me and as hard as it is to say and for anyone I told to understand he did rape me. His reasoning "I just wanted to see how it would feel to overpower someone. To see if I could really have that much control over u." I was 18 and stayed with.him from 17-20 yrs old. Then I was done, I had enough and left him, it wasn't easy at all. Then 3 months later I ended up with someone I graduated with, 2 weeks later we get engaged and on 9/24/14 we celebrated 20 yrs of a very happy marriage. This book brought me thru my journey even though the story itself is different. BRAVO Tara, it was a different type of book for you. I loved the entire story. It was better than I ever thought it would be. We both ended up with our princes. The narrators were AMAZING. I love listening to a book and really liking the people telling the Story!! Thank u for letting me know I chose the right guy!!
Phina's bitchy attitude, cold heart and standoffish ways towards the confused, frustrated, jealous and besotted DJ was a bit annoying at the start bec..Show More »ause it caused so much conflict, fierce sassy banter and angst between them. But, as soon as I got passed the first few Chapters, I realized that it was just her way of coping with the life altering heartbreak that DJ had unknowingly put her through 15 years earlier. And it also confirmed to her that all the verbal insults of being told she's not good enough, declared a whore at the tender age of 5, of being worthless etc., etc., that her Father had repeatedly taunted and brainwashed her with throughout her childhood, were all true. When the reason behind her animosity, aggravation and hatred towards DJ was revealed I too wanted to kick him in the nuts. But, in his shaky defence, booze had obliterated his memories and it ended what should have been the start of a beautiful love story.... and instead, years later, it left an intense frustrating chemistry that was both combustible and explosive.
So now, 15 years later, they verbally spar and wound each other but it hides their true feelings for one another of rejection, lust, desire, passion.... and love. Then hate-filled cryptic notes randomly appear talking of sexual acts they had performed in private, revenge and the promise of violence yet to be inflicted on Phina. They were quickly followed up with very dangerous and serious attempts and the shocking news of her Father's release from Prison has Phina seriously scared. It pushed DJ over the top and he became her protector, her saviour and her lover..... but too many tequilas were to blame when DJ finally overheard the toxic secret of his long ago hurtful actions which led to Phina's pain, anger and heartache towards him as she relived memories that still haunted her today..... memories that now instantly came flooding back to DJ. He should have also picked up on the clues that Phina was secretly carrying on the shameful legacy that her Father had so cruelly inflicted on her young and tender skin years before.
An intense roller-coaster ride for your emotions, they argued, hated and loved each other fiercely all at the same time. It was passionate and steamy with occasional humor. There was danger, suspense, mystery, twists and deaths. Apart from the intense, swoon-worthy, sexy, Alpha Hero who's a Fireman/Paramedic and the Heroine with a tortured soul and a broken heart, there were a few other likeable secondary characters.... including Finnely and Collin from book 1 and the next book better be about Dax the charismatic, loveable, sexy, womanizing Cop. Alternate and overlapping POV's and the narration was really good. Part of a Trilogy but could easily be a stand alone listen.
Worth a credit? YES, a very enjoyable, well written, entertaining, action-packed story of forgiveness, growth, love and second chances during a time of danger, stress and uncertain tomorrows.