Ryan Chase left Fairbanks, Alaska, when she was 21 years old to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Somewhere along the way her dreams of stardom crashed and burned, along with her life.
Thirteen years later she is forced to return to Fairbanks because her unforgiving and emotionally-distant father has suddenly died. Ryan seizes the opportunity to not only escape her abusive husband but to be able to attend her best friend’s wedding. What could go wrong? It’s only Fairbanks, Alaska…
While wishing she was anywhere but her father’s funeral and wake, Ryan is struck senseless by a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous man. Her thoughts turn carnal and she desperately wants to know him in every way—and position—possible. There’s only one problem…
He’s the devil’s spawn.
He’s the one who marked her for life.
He’s the kid she used to baby-sit.
And he’s hotter than hell!
Shea Michaels has loved Ryan Chase for most of his life. After surviving an unspeakable childhood, he became a man of whom she could be proud …if she ever came back.
Now that she’s returned, Shea pursues her with a vengeance, undaunted by the thirteen year age difference that Ryan uses as the shield between them.
Confusion, guilt and lust bombard Ryan as she battles the memories of the little boy she used to know while still being drawn to the heart-stopping man he has become.
I liked this book and the fact is was set in Alaska, it show cased the cold beauty of this very under used setting i think.
My other like about this book was the age of the main characters 34 year old Ryan and a 21-year old Shea. Most books are set around characters the same age or the heroine is younger than the hero, this was a nice switch up.
I loved loved loved Shea as a character both as a child and as a man, he was always a hero in my eyes but then i learned the reason behind his beautiful tattoos he melted my heart at his true heroism. He really made this book in my opinion.
Roller coaster ride of emotions is an under statement i felt crushed at one point in this book, the total relief gosh i was a wreck.
What i didnt like so much about this book was, Ryan tells her best friend not to keep secrets from her husband, yet she keeps the fact she’s still married to her abusive husband from Shea, double standards anyone? Also the fact that Ryan had a constant need to remind us that she was 34! My hubbie is 11 years older than me so what. I get that the point was that Ryan used to babysit Shea as a child but please get over that small fact, you have a hot guy who has been in love with you for 13 years enjoy it girl!
3.5 star read for me, i do really want the next book The Reason I Breathe (Bite & Release Book 2)
This is written from Shea’s point of view which i think will be much better.