The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😤😥😊🤩😘
The heroine: Dr. Teagan Ransome – a reality TV surgeon who recently moved to Washington from New York City where she also worked for Gideon and Eva Cross on Cross industries new skincare line. She restored her mid century home while flying back and forth, but now is home for the most part and is trying to recover and change her life after her marriage broke up.
The Hero: Garrett Frost – a “visual feast of deeply tanned skin, intricate sleeves of tattooed art and sweat slicked flexing musculature…brutally, breathlessly handsome”, he is a photographer and a painter and he moved to Puget Sound in a rush after picking out a house and offering the owners a large cash payment to vacate the home within weeks.
The Story: Teagan first sees Garrett while she is out walking dogs with her neighbor and he is jogging, when she is nearly hit by a car, he saves her in the nick of time. While he is growling at her, she is gawking at him. Suffice it to say, that first meeting doesn’t go well at all. The second is explosive.
This is the first Sylvia Day book I have read other than the Crossfire series, which is one of my favorite series. I have to admit just the mention of Gideon Cross in the beginning of the book had me wanting to re-read that series which I read years ago before I was doing reviews. I read mixed reviews of this one, but went in with an open mind.
The book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration was done by Emma Wilder and Joe Arden both of whom I really enjoy. Emma Wilder has a soft clear voice that sounds age appropriate for Teagan who must be in her early thirties or so and Joe Arden is one of my favorite male narrators and always does a great job.
This is a shorter book (200 pages) and it gets steamy pretty fast. I really liked the hot, sexy alpha male that was Garrett Frost who goes after what he wants and makes no bones about it. There is a ton of chemistry between Garrett and Teagan from the very beginning. Though it did seem to move too fast. There was definitely insta-lust which isn’t a problem, but they seemed to go from not knowing each other to in a serious relationship within a few days.
Both Teagan and Garrett were damaged and suffering from depression. I liked how they dealt with their respective issues together. The storyline did get a bit ‘depressing’ at times, which is par for the course when dealing with the subject, so that was expected, though I didn’t like the big secret that was revealed at the end of the book. I usually like surprises that I can’t predict but this one kind of ruined things for me.
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