In high school beautiful and popular Kat, a girl afraid to go home because of her lecherous Uncle and Jake, a sensitive, creative boy prone to panic attacks, form an unlikely bond. After graduation they go their own ways but Kat misses him terribly. Due to a mix-up, she thinks he's dead.
While in collage, Kat is raped. Afraid to go anywhere and having no one to rely on, Kat masters three martial arts training to kill. After college, Kat gets a job as a videographer. Her best friend Rochelle is her assistant.
When Kat and Rochelle are assigned to recording and editing a DVD for Bleeding Passion, a goth band Kat adores, she I elated. Soon she learns the lead singer, Van Marshall, is Jake the friend she believed was dead. (He'd changed his name to reinvent himself.)
Kat is elated to find her long, lost friend. But when he shows a love interest in her, Kat recoils feeling they have both changed and that now he is too good for her. She views herself as tarnished.
Van has never stopped loving Kat. When he learns what Kat went through, he regrets that he didn't try harder to find her. But now that he has her in his sights, he vows never to lose her again. He is steadfast in his desires be with her and to protect her for the rest of his life.
Kat also loves Van, but falters when it comes to the idea of having a relationship. She'd accepted that she'd would be single the rest of her life. Not only that, she feels unworthy.
Through Van's gentle, unconditional love, Kat is given a second chance. She learns to trust and gains the strength to love.
I loved this book. Van and Kat are rich characters with real world flaws. I feel like I know them (and am cheering for them) and that is a huge accomplishment for any writer.
Also, the characters do atypical things for a romance story, in one scene Van cowers while Kat protects him. Sounds odd, but it works. They have complimentary strengths and weaknesses.
During much of the book, we are on tour with the Bleeding Passion band. This provides a rich backdrop for scene settings, meeting interesting people and unusual situations.
If not for the unbelievable plot points that Van and Kat didn't recognize each other during a chance meeting or that they didn't try harder to find each other, I would have give this 5 hearts.
Loved it, kudos to the author.
Years ago Van Marshall, lead singer and guitarist of the metal band Bleeding Passion, let the love of his life get away because he lacked the courage to tell her how he felt about her. He has been plagued by the memory of her ever since then, unable to fully commit to another because of the love he still held for her in his heart. Now, she is thrown unexpectedly back into his life, bringing with her all of the feelings he has hidden inside for so long. Because of a brutal assault, Kat Vauss hates men and trusts no one. She is a martial arts master and devotes all of her time to her work and her training. The only person to ever come close to her heart was a shy, awkward boy she knew in high school who she thinks is gone forever. When Kat is given an assignment to shoot a DVD for Bleeding Passion, she is not prepared for the way her body and heart react to the sensual singer, who coincidentally helped her out of a sticky situation some years before. His presence stirs to life dormant feelings inside of her, but will he show her that not all men are evil and life can still be beautiful and worth living?