Sullivan Turner doesn't see a hero when he looks in the mirror - he sees only a hollow shell of the man he used to be. But redemption comes when he rescues a woman with a dark secret. Teenage-runaway-turned-social-worker Haley Barnes knows firsthand how savage Baltimore's streets can be.
Years ago, Haley witnessed an event that changed her life. Now, when the teenagers she guards are targeted, she seeks protection from a cynical army veteran. It isn't long before passions ignite between Haley and "Sully." Can he be the hero Haley needs, the hero who will protect her when a ruthless murderer comes calling?
Barrett is a new author for me, but I feel as though I have read this story many times. A damaged solider takes on the responsibility to protect an angelic social worker, who carries her own baggage from a neglect filled childhood. The two are on the run from killers who are determined to eliminate witnesses. The ending has a bit of a twist, but it's not enough to drag this story up from its down hill slide.
Besides following the typical romance-suspense formula, this book lacks depth and originality in character development. It is not poorly written, mechanically, i.e. grammar is adequate, but the writing style lacks originality. Rather than an unique voice, this author has a conglomerate of styles gleaned from other romance writers.
Overall, I can't recommend it.
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