Jess Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. But Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind—neither her own, nor that of the one man who sees who she really is…and whose unexpected presence may breach the peaceful life Jess has painstakingly created for herself.
Devin Castile didn’t expect to meet a young woman who may be the missing puzzle piece to his existence…and who is also the victim of a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. But when Jess’s lies begin to crumble in the face of their undeniable attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life.
This book captivated me right from the get go, the story pulls you in rips up your insides and then soothes the hurt and makes you smile.
This book has one of the most beautiful book covers that i have seen in a long time.
Jess was such a broken but strong character, she escaped from family hell and learned to live on the side lines away from notice, hidden in the back ground of life, a shadow of herself. Jess is a beautiful ballet dancer and this is her outlet, the only part of her past she allows her self.
Cas (Devin) loved him from the very first meeting, hes the strong tattooed bad boy protector. Hes hot as hell and knows just how to turn a girl to mush. There is lots of sexiness between Jess and Cas up against walls, in cleaning cupboards, phewee damn hot sex scenes in this book i loved it!
Mitch did nothing for me at all, i just knew he was wrong just too nicey, nicey i like bad boy’s. Plus he turned out to be a evil sick SOB!
The side kick characters rocked for me in this story, Carlie and Brad were fantastic, great banter and humor.
This book has a dark side as well as the romantic side, the story touches on abuse, violence and rape. Some parts are brutal really heart wrenching, but the story is so well written and how it all evolves with its twist and turns, its just wonderful.
For those who love a romance that’s dark and gritty i highly recommend this book, its a 5* read.
There is a second book A Brutal Tenderness: A Companion Novel to A Terrible Love
Which is written as a companion book in Cas (Devins) POV so that is going on my TBR list, i cant wait to see things unfold from his perspective.