A night he can’t forget
Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.
A spark she can’t put out
It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.
A flame that threatens to consume them both
Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.
Going to be honest here. Mentally I had to prepare myself with the dead girlfriend trope/triangle because you know that is never going to work. IMO. Now in saying that after about a two week mental preparation going on it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. Quite the opposite really.Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Des, the despicable woman apparently beautiful on the outside but a sick and cruel individual on the inside. Des manipulated both of them to do what she wanted and needed. She used every weapon she had to her advantage. She dangled a carrot in front of Nick he choose vengeance and not a life, a good life that he could have had.
Nick is a bit of a wanker, then a martyr and then a frigging pansy. I mean he is Russian, he is meant to be the Butcher. You need to let it out.
When it came to a lot of things he is torn on what to do. He didn’t love Des it was more loyalty than anything else. Which made it hard for all involved. But Des’s deceitfulness runs deeper than anyone expected.
Hayley was young and naïve she is now in trouble and her magnanimous dead cousin Des has sent her to Nick for help. It’s tough going for these two. They had a connection at the beginning of the book but the connection when they met again wasn’t that effortless. Actually they had to work quite hard at it and once it was on somewhat solid ground Nick comes a long and screws it all up.
Lies are uncovered and secrets are revealed and it all comes to an end. I got to say that the ending was slightly somewhat anti-climactic. Don’t get me wrong we still have murder, mayhem and suspense galore but I felt as if something was missing.
Where does Ms. Blake always let the females assume the worse when they hear BDSM it annoys me.
I adore Ms. Blake’s writing style and here it is no different. I was tempted to count how many times Des was mentioned or Desiree but in the grand scheme of things mainly regarding the plot, Des is a key figure. I really didn’t want her to be but hey Ms. Blake has her reasons.
If I really think about it I can’t justify the 4 stars so I’m just not going to think about it. I enjoyed seeing the London offices and the lost boys and other players in the book. Thank god for the Taggarts in the book and the London operatives. Compared to other books this book is quite demure in the hotness and sexual chemistry as well as the BDSM factor in the book. Maybe that was what was missing as well.
I don’t like the CIA constantly butting in I find them annoying. I found Ten annoying but in the end he did kind of grow on me the same goes for Ezra Fein. Yes he mostly certainly does need a book cause he needs to know what it is like to fall for a woman.
I really do not want to think about what would have happened to Hayley and Nick if Des hadn’t snuffed it. Nick would probably be The Siberian Husky and Hayley? Well who bloody knows. Would they have found back to one another? A question that will never be answered.
Now a book I can’t wait for his Brody and Stephanie. And dude you better not be such a wuss it would be a crying shame you know. Let the Aussie not disappoint me.