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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on November 15, 2016
Protecting the one woman he will ever love, five years ago Darius Bennett sent Taylor Erickson away, rebuffed. When Taylor returns, she is bruised and beaten by a her now ex-boyfriend. Darius won’t fight the feelings he has to protect the one woman he loves even if he moved on with many women even if they didn’t mean a thing to him. He still won’t let her burrow in and tries to keep his distance, even while giving in when he can’t resist. With his business back on course, his sister settling down and life finally really good, he still doesn’t feel he can take on loving anyone.
Taylor was heartbroken with Darius pushed her away. The age difference wasn’t anything she felt was an issue. Moving on was hard for her and she picked not the greatest men to try to fall in love again. Perfect parents love her, but even they never knew what was really going on between her and Darius while she was a teen. Now faced with moving back the city she grew up in, looking for a job and a place to live along with avoiding the paparazzi out to infiltrate the owners of the BDSM clubs.
Oh, I guess I forgot to mention Darius and his three buddies own the BDSM community in San Fransisco anonymously. Well, someone is out to find out who they are and now they have information is making life hard for Taylor.
I like how strong Taylor seemed in trying to move on after her teenage love affair with Darius. I didn’t agree with Darius’s reasons of cutting her lose, but I agreed she needed to get out there and experience life. Unfortunately, I don’t feel Taylor did much. Yes, she moved away, but I think she took jobs she wasn’t interested in and took on guys who were just not what she wanted. Now when her current boyfriend abuses her, she does leave, but she has a strong heart that allows her to resolve that situation with grace.
Darius got a bad wrap when he does the right thing. His father wasn’t a great guy, but when Darius wants to take in his half sister upon her parents death, his father cuts him off. It’s an uphill battle to build up his life again. He needed to be ruthless and focused, so cutting Taylor lose was the only choice, so he won’t hurt her. Merciless in his business dealings, he has tried everything in the BDSM world, now he has to figure out if his heart and life can handle love.
This was an interesting story of strong personalities, with deep love at the core. A bit of intrigue keeps the story hopping, but make no mistake, this is a second chance love story with some issues to jump over.