Series: Corps Security #3
Published by Self-Published on December 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I’ve always been good at wearing masks. Not letting anyone see the real me. I’m content being the happy-go-lucky best friend. The strong willed boss. The independent woman who doesn’t need a man.
But the truth is I’m just as broken as the rest of you. I’m terrified that all it will take is one person to make all my carefully constructed walls crumble into fine dust. So I guard my heart with everything I have. Determined to never let anyone get close enough to hurt me again.
All is perfect until HE walks into my life. No… he doesn’t just walk. He struts his good-looking, sex-oozing self right into my space and demands that I see HIM. Making me want what I know I can’t have.
So I did the only thing I know how to do.
But he just won’t let me go.
The second I see her, I know she will be mine. I see past the gorgeous smiles and heart-stopping laughter. I see HER. She doesn’t want me to know her secrets or the past that haunts her, but I make it my mission to find out.
To make her mine.
She can run all she wants, but it will never be far enough to stop me from coming after her.
She’s it for me and she knows it.
She’s just too scared to admit it.
If you remember from the previous books there was a lot going on in both Izzy and Cage’s lives. What we didn’t know was Dee was going through a personal hell herself. She hid her pain from plain sight. Her bestest friends that were pratically her family could not even tell that she was hiding behind this mask.
The only person who could see through all of it was Beck. Most men would have left if they found a woman with so much emotional baggage. He stood by her through all those tough times even when she was not emotionally unavailable to give more to Beck.
He was not giving up on her no matter what even when she pushed him away. While most would have moved on, he waited for years for her to get where she needed to be. This is what made this book stand out to me. Beck’s steadfast love for Dee.
“I stand by your side because this is where I’m meant to be. I stand by your side because you didn’t have the strength to hold yourself up. That’s what you do for the person you love.”
I loved how well intuned he was with her. He knew when to let her go so she could develop her own independence and knew exactly when she was finally where she needed to be to make a move. I loved how supportive he was and how he gave her that final push to open up to her best friends and tell them all that they needed to know to mend their relationships.
The reactions that Cage and Izzy had about Dee’s past was agonizing. I can’t even tell you how heartbroken I was for those two when they found out what Dee was going through alone. That isn’t the only thing that made tears pour in this story…
Like the previous books, I loved Beck and Dee’s moving story. I did have issues getting into it at first but as I remembered all that happened in Book 1: Axel it was smooth sailing from there. I thought that the writing was impressive. Harper Sloan can sure write some very intense suspenseful scenes. The heated sex scenes are ridiculously outrageous too. The story wasn’t all about that though for which it made me love this book even more.
I loved it for its’ depth and complexity and how the author tackled the serious issues of PTSD and depression while still managing to give us a well-balanced story. Can’t wait to read Asher & Chelcie’s story next!