Given the serious subject matter (PTSD, death of a parent, childhood abuse) it would’ve been easy for the author to overdo the angst levels, but I never once felt like it was too much. And I have a low threshold for angst, folks. If there’s too much, I’m tapping out pretty quick and DNFing. (Life’s too short to read annoying books, you know?)
Emma was a great heroine, too. She was going through a lot of emotional upheaval in her life, but she didn’t let it destroy her. And she broke up with her boyfriend before giving in to her physical attraction to Aiden, which I appreciated. (I’ve got no tolerance for cheaters, even if the boyfriend is a bit of an asshat.)
Aiden was a complicated hero. He wasn’t much with the words and all, but he tried for Emma’s sake. (And a lot of the stuff he was thinking but didn’t manage to say out loud was AWESOME.) He’s the type of guy who’d probably irritate you in real life (I mean, how about a little more detail about why Linx is such a bad place, huh? That info would’ve come in REALLY handy, for Christ’s sake), but who makes a PERFECT book boyfriend. He’s a strong, sexy, MMA-fighting, dog rescuer. And at the end of the day, what more could you really want from your book boyfriend?
If you were to twist my arm and force me to complain about something, (which, of course, you’d HAVE to do because I’m not a complainer. Ahem.) I’d say that I wanted the abuser to suffer horribly for what he’d done. And I mean HORRIBLY. Like, I can’t even think of a bad enough method of torture for the guy, so I’d want to hand him over to Ramsey Bolton and let that crazy bastard handle it.
But, that was only a minor nitpick and in no way hindered my enjoyment of the story. I will warn y’all, though: if you’re triggered by flashback scenes of child abuse, you might want to proceed with caution. The flashbacks here were tastefully done and not so graphic that you’ll be traumatized for life by reading them (I’m looking at you, Lisa Gardner), but if you’re super sensitive to that kind of thing...don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Long-story-short, this one’s a keeper! Highly 1-clickable.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
For another great read about a sexy dog rescuer, try SD Hendrickson’s Waiting for Wyatt. (Check out our 5-Star review too.)