***Content Warning – This is a new adult fiction with mature themes. It contains graphic sexual situations, mature language and explicit description of sexual violence.***
Book One of a three book series.
Paige Stone lived anything but a normal childhood. Having been raised around an abused women’s shelter operated by her parents, Paige was a constant witness to the tragedy and heartache suffered by women at the hands of the men they trusted. Out of refusal to ever allow that to happen to her,… Paige built walls around her heart at a young age. Those walls were only fortified when tragedy struck on her sixth birthday and took from her the only friend and love she knew. Now at 22 years old, and working as a private investigator, Paige is driven by a deep need for strength, independence and a stubborn refusal to accept help from another person. Surrounding herself with her three best friends, Paige never assumed that the autonomy she had worked so hard to build could be challenged.
That was, until Paige met Daemon Pierce.
Mysterious, strong-willed, and breathtakingly beautiful, Daemon seemed to instantly know Paige better than she knew herself. Paige is disgusted by Daemon’s reputation as a womanizer, but becomes intrigued when she is unable to discover his background. Paige’s curiosity about Daemon proves to be her downfall as she is swept up in his charming and arrogant pursuit to possess her in every possible way.
For the first time in her life, Paige will struggle for control while Daemon slowly dismantles the walls she has built around herself. Only time will tell who will be victorious in their battle of wills as Daemon teaches Paige the weaknesses within herself that she never knew existed. Paige stays one step ahead in her struggle against Daemon’s controlling ways, but when tragedy strikes her life a second time, she has to choose; will she put her life in danger, or will she finally accept a helping hand?
Have you ever had those experiences where you know you were meant to read a book? Well this series is one of those experiences. A blogger friend asked if I would like to read this in exchange for an honest review. I was more than happy to help out and read the book. I am not even sure if OMG is strong enough for how I felt about this story. I was so sick yesterday and spent most of my day on the sofa, but no matter how hard I tried to rest, the story of Paige and Daemon wouldn’t leave me alone, so I would grab my tissues and kindle and cough along as I read.
Paige being raised at a battered woman’s shelter, she was forced to see the horrible conditions of women who were trying to escape abusive men. Paige meeting her best friend Buddy in the shelter made a lasting bond that would affect her life forever. Paige’s parents run the shelter and she was given love and support by her parents, but Buddy and his mother had run to the shelter seeking protection and support. Buddy became Paige’s protector instead, tending to her many scrapes and cuts as she was known to fall constantly and teaching her to never give up. Always brush yourself off after a fall and keep moving forward.
On Paige’s sixth birthday the world came crashing in on her and she decided it was best to build walls around her heart and never let anyone as close to her as Buddy had gotten. After both Paige and Buddy watch his mother and father die, they were separated for what appeared to be forever. Buddy into foster care, Paige back to the security of her parents home, but the nightmares of that day never left Paige. She had given Buddy her birthday necklace, a dragonfly before he was taken and they both promised they would see each other again.
Many years later, Paige still has the walls and a dragonfly tattoo but what really haunts her are the nightmares and memories of the one true soul mate she lost when she was six. Her friends try to convince her that maybe it is time she lets someone in, but she just isn’t ready to give any more of her heart to anyone else till Daemon rescues her from being crushed in the pit at his bar. What could have been the one thing to turn her from him in an instant, turns out to be the thing that makes her have to seek him out more. He called her a Damsel in Distress. Daemon is a God, he can control her with just his voice. He is a strong male who wants to protect what is his, but he also realizes that Paige doesn’t know the difference between being independent and dangerously stupid when it comes to asking for help. He is going to have a huge job with her and I can hardly wait to see how he manages to keep her safe.
This book has such intensity to it, I couldn’t put it down. Paige has to defend herself against a drunk in the bar, resulting in her breaking his finger and being rescued once again by Daemon. But the drunk whose name is Chris has a major role in her life. We still don’t know if Buddy is back by the end of book one, but it leaves you wondering if maybe he hasn’t reappeared and is changing the future for Paige. The characters in this book are so developed, I even bonded with David and Annie, her roommates. As the book ended we still don’t know what is going to happen to them and I find it amazing that I even care. I tend to not get to invested with side characters, but there was no way to avoid it in this story.
There are scenes at the end of the book that I will caution people who are timid about rape and abuse. I found it was making my heart race and I felt the panic, but it was written with great care to only give enough details so you knew what was happening, but not so over the top it would cause great damage to the reader. I feel an urgent need to get book two immediately so I can continue this journey with Paige and Daemon and I pray that we don’t have to watch Paige’s heart-break if we find out Buddy has returned as promised but not in a positive way.