He kissed her the way he’d run her down, conquering her, taking her…
A priceless plan. An illicit attraction.
Seven years ago, billionaire-turned-bodyguard Elijah Hunt lost everything he had-his family, his future-and now he wants revenge. But when he decides to kidnap the daughter of the man who ruined his life, Elijah gets a lot more than he bargained for. Violet Fitzgerald is nothing like her corrupt wealthy father. In fact, she’s so disarmingly independent-and irresistible-that she just might be dangerous…
And a love that’s too good to be true.
Violet never thought she’d feel a connection to her captor. But there’s something beneath Elijah’s steel-bodied exterior that makes her want to know him more deeply…and surrender to his every demand. But once Elijah’s erotic fantasies become a reality-and he and Violet develop a real romantic connection-he finds himself in a quandary: Is he still the one in control? Or has Violet imprisoned him-body and soul?
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was unfortunately not able to start this series from the beginning. The first book I read was that of Zac and Eva. However, that book got me hooked to the characters. I’ve read many books from Jackie Ashenden before, but I think this series is her most mature, with much darker characters and more amplified sex scenes. Needless to say, I loved the series right away. The ending of the previous book got me so excited for Elijah’s story. And so, I am beyond happy I get to review this book.
In the previous book, I really didn’t like Elijah. I get that he had a personal score to settle with the antagonist, but he was doing it all kinds of wrong. This book begins with him kidnapping the heroine who happens to be the daughter of the man he wanted to get revenge from. In the beginning, he was cold and callous, and I really felt sorry for the heroine. She wasn’t a perfect character because I see her as a spoiled princess too, but she was not unkind, so the things the hero did and said to her were too harsh and without basis.
I enjoyed the way their relationship developed. I understood why the heroine feel in love with him at first. It was because she wasn’t anchored. She had no one to belong to, and having a hero who wanted her too much in many different ways was a new thing in her life. What I also liked was that Ms. Ashenden was able to make the love story believable and the redemption justified. There were surprising plot twists that I would like to read more about. I hope more books come out for this series.
Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.
She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.