1162 pages (obviously, it includes additional stories. The book is a typical full-length novel… length.)
Avery in the daughter of a well-known State Senator and the target of a violent stalker. After being attacked and knocked unconscious one night, she is assigned a bodyguard, Maddox. She’s not thrilled about having a glorified babysitter, but she’s absolutely pissed that her parents assigned the boy that broke her heart seven years ago to be said sitter. Despite the time that has passed, their chemistry hasn’t dwindled, making their interactions fraught with tension. Oh, how will they survive one another??
It takes a while for the characters to grow on you. Maddox is harsh and judgmental of Avery without trying to understand her. Avery is spoiled and hard on Maddox because she thinks he left her willingly all those years ago. They’re both stubborn and pretty bad a communicating, making their issues last a bit longer than I would’ve liked. Their physical chemistry was understandable, but they had a bit too much hate in their love-hate relationship. It made it hard to believe they really loved each other.
The plot is steadily paced with a good amount of suspense and a few low-grade thrills. I must say, though, that the Epilogue was probably my favorite part of the book. It was humorous and had a satisfying HEA.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.