After winning raves for Take the Fall (“crackling with tension, intrigue, and romance”—Katy Evans) and When We Fall (“sexy, emotional, heartfelt”—Monica Murphy), Marquita Valentine ratchets up the tension as new beginnings lead to undeniable passion.
A tough cop with an even tougher past, Hunter Sloan has never let anyone stop him from getting what he wants—and he wants Evangeline Ambrose bad. With her gentle curves and raw vulnerability, Hunter's beautiful, mysterious new neighbor awakens his protective side. Determined to do right by a woman who's gone through hell and back, Hunter could be the one to take away the pain—so long as his own secrets don't sink their relationship before it begins.
Having escaped an abusive marriage, Evangeline simply wants to start over in the small, quiet town of Forrestville. She's also avoiding all contact with the opposite sex, because she just can't trust her instincts when it comes to men—not even with the sinfully sexy cop next door. So why can't she stop thinking about him? Hunter has darkness in his soul, and yet no one ever made her feel so safe. For all her best laid plans, Evangeline didn't count on choices this hard—or temptation this hot.
Normally I love Valentine's storylines but this story just fell flat for me. It starts off pretty interesting when Evangeline is escaping her abusive husband and is trying to move on with her life. She doesn't want to fall for another man that is until she sees the man who helped her when she was at her worst. It just so happens that he is her new neighbor. But the more Evangeline tries to stay away from Hunter the harder she starts to fall.
Being a police officer comes with seeing the good, bad and the ugly but one thing Hunter hasn't been able to forget since 6 months ago was the abused Evangeline. Hunter is shocked that she is moving in his building and is wondering if he can finally earn her trust and help her move on with her life which includes him.
I really liked Hunter. He became a better man then his father was. He was also sweet, protective and took it slow with Evangeline because she needed it. Hunter definitely showed her that she should be treasured. But there were times when I was reading that I felt Evangeline moved a little too fast with wanting to move on with Hunter. It almost felt like Valentine was leaving out a few things. Like one minute she is scared but she isn't so scared to go toe to toe with her ex? I'm not sure after being a victim of abuse if you ever really get over it but it seemed like Evangeline was rushing the timeline a bit.
Each of the characters were likable and the storyline had its ups and downs but this wasn't one of my favorite books in this series. Am I giving up on this series? Nope, Not just yet because I'm sure Valentine has some more amazing characters up her sleeve.
While I didn't totally fall in love with this book it doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend this series. It has wonderfully written heroes and HEA that keep you swooning.