Sara the fixer from previous books finally gets her man. Not that she wants one. She has a rule of three when it comes to sex and/or dates and when she is sequestered with her personal bodyguard Z she breaks that in a hurry. Her brother and uncle assign Z to Sara with no input from her and she is royally ticked. Sure she went overboard on her latest case, but she could handle it on her own in her opinion. But no one is listening. The irony is the big threat to Sara kind of faded away other than a brief mention of its eradication.
Z has been celibate from the lifestyle for years and Sara is the first woman to tempt him. He vows not to give in but just doesn’t have it in him when in comes to Sara – the chemistry is that strong. And Sara makes no secret about her interest.
Both Sara and Z have emotional baggage from their earlier lives (who doesn't?) and they let it cloud up the issue a time or two. Sara was a femme fatale from the start and determined to bag Z, but when she got him she got more than she bargained for when things between them result in a life-changing surprise.
I got much more from Sara than Z. Z was the silent type for the most part but when he spoke he was honest and said what he meant. The reader was privy to more of Sara’s internal dialogues and as a result, saw things more from her side. Her brothers made an adorable appearance that I found highly entertaining considering how rocky both of their relationships were.
Z really punished himself over his reason for being discharged from the army and used it to keep himself from living. Sara used her mother’s abandonment at a young age the same way. Together they couldn't hide and I really enjoyed them opening up to each other, even though it took a rocky road to get there, and I got my beloved epilogue that tied everything up nicely.
Her body was his to protect. And to own...
Fixer Sara Reaver is furious when she discovers that she's not only been exiled to the country for her own safety, but she's been assigned a bodyguard. Zebadiah?"Z" Loreto may be her brother's best friend, but he's also one big, bad, and very sexy wolf of a man...and Sara's determined to make him come out and play.
And oh, Z wants to play. But Sara Reaver is definitely off-limits and Z promised himself never to unleash his dark desires ever again. Still, he can see that she craves the harsh and sensual hand of control.
It will mean crossing professional and personal boundaries. Breaking their own rules. And they'll both discover just what happens-for good or bad-when they relinquish complete control...
Stands Alone: yes