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Innocence marked her.... Violation crippled her.... Love left her raw.... The life she carefully rebuilt is challenged when she is confronted with the sins from her past. The carefully applied protection is at once ripped away, leaving her exposed and vulnerable.

Her single night of indulgence with the silver-eyed stranger is only the beginning. He sees right to the heart of her and she is unable to ward off emotions that have been deeply buried. With the sting of betrayal still fresh in her soul, she's surprised to find herself opening up to the honest integrity of the sharp-eyed, rough-looking biker.

When he lost everyone who mattered, he was left without roots and learned to be content simply living in the moment. Completely unprepared for the feisty blonde bartender with old pain marring her clear-blue eyes, he questions his own rules of detachment, as she unwittingly finds a way under his skin.

Appearances deceive, and when the masks fall away, revealing deep, dark secrets, there is nothing left but to hang onto each other and survive the storm.

This book deals with issues around abuse that might be sensitive to some. Due to content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.

©2016 Margreet Asselbergs as Freya Barker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A Trip Back to Portland ME

What did you love best about Cruel Water?

I love the characters in this story. Ms. Barker knows how to right real people in tough situations and make them stronger than they believe they can be. Her use of mature characters draws me into her books because there is often an element of commonality with the characters. I love how the author takes an unlikely pair and shows that in their differences, they are truly soulmates.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Viv is one of my favorite characters in Ms. Barker's books. She appears to be strong and take charge but that masks a lot of insecurity and hurt in her past. She strives to save and protect others while floundering herself. Once she finds Ike, her vulnerability is revealed and wrongs righted as best they can be. She's still a force of nature, just a little tamed by the love of a good man.

What about Brian Rodgers and Lorelei Avalon ’s performance did you like?

When I read the book last year, I heard the character's voices as I read. I thought Brian Rodgers was spot on as Ike, his intensity and range of emotions are very engaging for the listener. At first Lorelei Avalon's voice didn't meet the idea of Viv in my mind. However, after the first chapter her emotion and understanding of the character shone through and she became Viv.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments that moved me nearly to tears but revealing them would spoil the story for the next reader. Suffice it to say when Viv and Ike share their pasts keep tissues handy.

Any additional comments?

I have read everything by this author and love her books. I cannot wait to devour the rest of her books in audio.