This was a powerful read which had me on the edge of my seat one minute and cringing the next. I had severely mixed feelings about Lake, the “hero.” This man has some serious issues that while valid, are let off their leash at the wrong person. Lily is your stereotypical spoiled brat, but with a conscience. Just not enough to refuse the benefits her father’s illegal life bring her. Now it’s time to the pay the piper.
There are a lot of twists and turns and sickening displays of what money can buy and how easy it is to corrupt someone if you throw enough dollar signs at them. What Lake did to Lily was absolutely horrible, but in a strange and twisted way exactly what she needed. He brought forth a part of Lily she never knew existed and in doing so freed her on many levels, while enslaving her on others.
The intimate scenes were rough and graphic and might trigger some readers. Be warned. The book was a little disturbing at times and made me uncomfortable, and that’s a good thing. This wasn't a simple romantic read, but a journey for Lily and Lake that the reader has a front row seat to. While one might think Lily weak, she is in fact stronger than Lake and shows her mettle a time or two. I really enjoyed this edgy read and it had a much-appreciated epilogue.
The day my father agreed to testify against Terrence Randall, one of the most ruthless drug traffickers in North America, was the day I became the target of the drug lord’s enraged vengeance. I was the one thing that stood in the way of Daddy’s testimony, and the one thing that could save Randall. The man would stop at nothing to get his hands on me.
I was prepared for what was coming — as prepared as one could be when vanishing into the U.S. Marshal’s Witness Protection Program.
I just wasn’t prepared for him.
For ex-Navy SEAL turned mercenary Lake Freeman, escorting Lily Cross into the Witness Protection Program was just another job — until a better offer came along. Lake couldn’t have cared less about the life he’d been hired to protect. After all, she was a part of the very organization that had cost him so much already.
At least he never expected to care.
But when forced into a decision he never thought he’d have to make, the mission became one of survival for himself and his beautiful charge. Lake knew that in order to protect her, he’d need to bring the feisty and unpredictable Lily to heel — he couldn't keep her safe if he couldn't keep her under control.
But that protective urge quickly turned into something else, something dark ... and his need to conquer, to claim, overrode all else.
He would keep her safe. He would keep her protected. But he would make her his, as well.
Now, all he had to do was figure out how to keep them both alive long enough to do it...