Beth sneaks out of her controlling father’s house and goes to a dive bar with her three best friends. While there, she catches the eye of the owner, Johnathan. They flirt with the promise of meeting up again soon, but Beth and her friends are abducted in the parking lot while leaving. Well now someone’s gone and done it. Johnathan’s p-o’ed that not only did someone have the nerve to abduct the girls on his property, but that they dared take something that belongs to him. That something being Beth, the girl he met twenty minutes ago. …just saying.
First things first, the F word or some variation thereof is used 674 times in this book. 674. That’s a lot of F bombs. I’m not the kind of person that gets offended by ‘bad’ words, but I don’t like when words are used to excess, diminishing its effect. And this is an example of that.
Secondly, I love alpha, jealously possessive heroes. They just do it for me. And Johnathan fits that category, but he goes farther than I think’s healthy. For example, *SPOILER* he rescues Beth and Charlie from the auction, brings them to his home, shows a terrified Charlie his room and then expects Beth to bounce on down the hall with him to get down and dirty. BUT, considering there’s a terrified 6y/o boy in the room, and both he and Beth have just been saved from being purchased as sex slaves, she refuses. Phew, thank Go- oh wait, a couple of hours passed and Charlie fell asleep and Johnathan now demands it and she gives it up?
The story is engaging and it was hard to put down, but since this is the first book I’ve read in the series, I felt a little lost at times. Johnathan and Beth weren’t quite insta-love, but close. They get intense pretty fast and make good use of their bed, but I had a hard time connecting with them. I just wanted a little more real when it came to handling such sensitive situations and a little less bodice ripping. The more Johnathan pushed and pushed, and the more Beth caved, the less I liked the story.
The subject matter is dark, and there are several violently gruesome scenes. Keep that in mind if it’s not your thing.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.