Allison Evening is a woman caught up in a dangerous game of hide and seek with a maniac masquerading as the law. She ran from her hometown, only to be attacked by a creepy stalker and nearly killed. Now that’s’ what you call a strong woman. More than anything else. Allis was a survivor, and I admired that hell out of her for that. She also had the capacity to care when her past told her she shouldn’t. I think we’ve all been hurt soul deep. The first instinct is to shut down, but Allis was willing to take a chance with the men who saved her, North, and Givon.
We’re given two equally delicious males in this story. North is the President of the Red Wolves M.C. Raised in a violent household; he doesn’t take the abuse of woman lightly, or back down when things are wrong. He’s a contradiction in many ways. Hard when he needs to be, but gentle in a way you wouldn’t expect him to be capable of. The way he handled the wounded Allis had me adding him to my list of book boyfriends. Once he vows to protect Allis and the sparks start up his course is set.
Givon is an officer and best friend to North. Yeah, it sounds off, the cop and the Outlaw biker, but the things they endured in their past have bonded them for life. It’s that special connection that allows them to enter into a three-way relationship with Allis. I loved the way their past was a constant threat that linked them throughout the entire book. Strong, noble, and easy going, he balances out the trip. North has a tendency to be hot-headed, but Givon always breaks through and gets him to take a step back. I enjoyed his honesty, frankness, and intelligence.
It was the way the three characters worked together that made this so special. It was a puzzle with pieces that linked together into a perfect fit. It takes strong men to love a woman who's been hurt this badly. They have to make her feel safe and be patient as she recovers from her ordeal mentally and physically. That process made this romance story satisfying. They took the time to get to know her, reassure her, and fall for who she was at her core. Their progression felt natural and right.
I also like the way they brought the characters from the first book back into the picture, without taking away from Givon, North, and Allis. The villains were utterly despicable, and well thought out. They had an entire backstory, history and proved to be a real challenge. It made the story fuller and intriguing. I think an epic battle is only as good as your enemy. Ms. Carter delivered in spades on that one.
This is a book you won't want to put down until it's finished, and let me say, you may find yourself stunned at it's conclusion.