Garrett Kelly left the military after a mission to save someone goes bad. He is shot by the person he was sent to protect and now he wants this man captured. When the CIA comes asking him to tail Sarah Daniels, he jumps at the opportunity when he also learns she is the sister of the man he wants to get.
Sarah Daniels has grown up in foster care all her life, but she manages to keep her faith in people being good. When her boss betrays her brutally, Sarah retreats into herself. When her brother finds out what happens, he talks Sarah into leaving with him, but also seeks revenge on the man who destroyed his sister. Sarah realizes to late what her brother intends to do and now is on the run. Seeking to put space between her brother and herself, she thinks she is protecting him. Naively knowing her brother isn’t the best person, but he never has betrayed her and that is the way she thinks of him.
Escaping to a small island, both Garrett and Sarah become friends drawn to each other. Garrett lies to her about why he is there, but he also senses she is a good person, related to the wrong guy, trying to survive a brutal attack. He is gentle with her, drawing her out of her shell and building her trust in him. Using her brother as the cover, Garrett eventually tells her that her brother hired him to protect her, thus gaining her trust and love. But this betrayal may push her farther away from him when she learns the truth.
This book in the series is my favorite for a lot of things. Garrett is a alpha male who protects what he feels is his. He’s not out to hurt Sarah, but he can’t tell her he is tracking her brother when he wants her love and trust. Extremely careful, he woos her with meat, chocolate, wine and protecting her at all costs. He is a tough guy and falls totally under her spell.
Sarah is the idealist I wish more people were like. Unfortunately, she is brutally betrayed and it is hard to ever come back from that. Now on the run trying to protect her brother so she can’t be used to testify against him, she is making mistakes left and right. Easily trackable, Garrett learns he’s not the only one after her. Sarah is attacked again on the island and Garrett rescues her. When someone tries to break into her cabin, she retreats and goes on the run…with Garrett close behind.
With Garrett, Sarah learns to trust again to the point of letting him love her. Again this isn’t the erotica we are normally used to with Maya Banks. This is a slow, gentle love story. No less intense, just not as graphic or as multiple time scenes in the bedroom.
We see the team again…Steele, Cole, PJ, Dolphin, Rio, Terrance, etc. With all these men, I am not sure any woman would want to leave.
So why did I love this book…it was just so sweet, hot, deep, emotional, brutal, gentle…it evoked so many emotions in me as I watch the two fall in love and try to survive life. The love was deep, so when Sarah learns everything, you feel the deep hurt to your soul that she is feeling.
A deep, dark book, I suggest you read it. While it can stand on its own, you should read the series as the characters build on each other. But if you just want to read one book in this series, this is the one I suggest.