Laurel’s been hiding out from her own life. She has a degree she worked hard for but doesn’t use, and takes the path of least resistance. When she witnesses a couple getting into a physical confrontation in public, she’s appalled and then intrigued when a tall strong man intervenes and then moves on. Almost unaware of her actions, Laurel follows him and then asks if she can buy him lunch. Who is this woman who is acting this way?
Flynn plays his cards close to his vest. While others have grown up harder, his life up until now has shaped the man he is. He knows who he is, what he wants and is up front with any woman willing to take him on. But emotion never plays a part for Flynn. He makes sure of it. And then he meets Laurel.
Two people protecting themselves in totally different ways. While Flynn seems up front and comfortable with himself, that’s just as much a façade as what Laurel portrays. As they peel back the layers, they discover they actually like one another, and that something more may be in store for them.
While this started out a little cold and clinical, if not a little creepy, it quickly morphed into more for me. While there is a warning about some aspects of this book, and it is NOT for the faint of heart, I feel it is worth the time and that the warning shouldn’t dissuade someone leery. Flynn and Laurel were a work in progress, and while the direction they are heading in is promising, the story isn’t tied up with a pretty bow. And that’s what makes their story more real than anything else.
A re-release of the 2010 fan favorite, with light revisions and an expanded ending.
For the past couple years Laurel's been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.
Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined before—to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice—let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.