Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book from Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, dark themes
In this stand-alone novel we follow Cara as she gets thrust into a world where she has to hide because she is on the run from people she doesn’t know. It doesn’t last long before she is taken and it’s up to a man by the name of Predator to save her. Damien’s job is to clean up other people’s messes, but when he sees Cara, he is enraptured by her but he’s not sure if he has the strength to be the man that she needs.
The book starts off in the fast lane as we quickly get to the point where Cara is forced into hiding and what gets her captured. We get to see some pretty disgusting stuff, some stuff that might have you wanting to skip ahead, as she gets tortured and beaten until she is nothing. She is ready to die when a man comes in and saves her without a second thought.
Damien is all bad-boy and nothing else. He comes in guns blazing and stops at nothing to save her. He is not used to feeling things for the people that he saves, but he can’t help but fall for Cara. She brings back old feelings for him and he is determined to not let history repeat itself. I would have liked to have dove deeper into Damien’s characters, especially after we find out what happened to make him go into this line of work.
Cara has her issues, for obvious reasons. She is a little naïve to the situation and doesn’t get just how bad it was. There are times when I am annoyed with her, and not in a good way. She keeps making stupid decisions and considering what she went through, she wouldn’t be so quick to trust. But she does, she just trusts everyone that comes in her life with no problem. I just found that hard to believe considering what she went through.
What I loved most was the writing from Michelle Horst. I could feel the emotions with each word that she wrote, especially in the scenes where Damien talks about his feelings for Cara in his head and the scenes where Cara tries to figure out how she feels about Damien in hers.
The ending was a little bit anticlimactic. As we get towards the end, there is a build up to this big blow out but it doesn’t come. Instead it’s over in like two pages. Considering what was happening in the ending, I had hoped that we would get to see more.
It was an enjoyable read, but I would have liked to have seen more development out of Damien. It was dark and gritty and certainly a story that is going to hook you on Horst’s work.
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