Marine lieutenant Talia Barnett is home on leave for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the last thing she expected was to be met at the airport by Liam Brodie, her secret crush. Talia has had it bad for Liam almost since the first time she laid eyes on him, but skeletons in her closet, fears that her mother’s illness will scare him off, has had Talia keeping him at arm’s length, unwilling to risk their friendship should he learn the truth.
Liam knows that Talia’s hiding something. He doesn’t know what, but he’s done being pushed away. When he discovers her secret and learns the reasons for Talia’s emotional distance and having only a few days to work with, he pulls out all the stops and goes after the woman he’s wanted since the first time he met her.
I absolutely adored Liam in No Holds Barred where he helped his best friend Nathan give his fiancé, Caitlin, her threesome fantasy. When the weekened was over, Liam walked away and ever since then, I’ve been desperately hoping he would get a story of his own. Honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was when I found his book on netgalley! Just as I fell for him then, I’ve fallen even harder now for this super sexy, devoted, romantic, grounded, dominant man - Liam really is the perfect hero.
Talia’s story is unique – or I should say, her mother’s story is unique. The depression and the way it manifested itself is heartbreaking and seeing how deeply it affected Talia made it tragic. Early on I was drawn to Talia and her devotion to her mother, but there came a point where her insecurities became annoying and just… too much. That said, the epilogue was very sweet and left me feeling contented with this happily ever after ending.
The bottom line - As always, Callie Croix delivers a sexually charged story with the perfect amount of romance. From the first page to the last, I sighed, smiled, fanned myself and just couldn’t put this book down. I’m so looking forward to more by this author!
Note: I feel I should mention that this story is labeled BDSM and while it’s hinted at, it never happens.
My thanks to netgalley.com and Carina Press for providing me with a review copy of this book.