Author: A.M. Hargrove
Release Date: August 6, 2014
This novel contains mature content and it not intended for younger readers.
This is the beginning of a story... the story of two people who were meant to be together. Why? Because unknown to them, they shared terrifying pasts and the cruel circumstances of their births doomed both of them to a life of hell.
Two strangers ... one night ... one accidental meeting that changed their lives forever.
Gabriella Martinelli, Manhattan psychiatrist had only one goal in life—to help abuse victims avoid the horrors she’d experienced herself. She worked late, volunteered, and donated her services to anyone who needed them. Life was good ... until her nightmare resurfaced. He found her, and began stalking her, and she knew he wouldn’t stop until he destroyed every ragged piece of her.
Kolson Hart, Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor, was ruled by his dark past. He liked control, from the boardroom to the bedroom and didn’t care to be involved with someone whose life was just as screwed up as his was. But one look at Gabriella short-circuited everything. Want ... desire ... need ... will sometimes drive a man to do things he swore he never would.
He freed her from a life of fear ... When he couldn’t even save himself.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review.
To be totally honest, I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. It felt more like a knockoff of theCrossfire Series Novels. There are just so many similarities between A.M. Hargrove's hero/heroine and the h/H from the Crossfire Series.
Gabby Martinelli lived a childhood in hell. Abused, raped, and broken. That's who she was, but not anymore. Now she's fresh out of med school working as a psychiatrist. She's beaten the worst, and she wants to help others because she never got the help even when she asked for it. One night she meets the mysteriously gorgeous Kolson Hart. He's CEO of a huge transportation company, but he's had a crappy past just like his new lover. So how can these two broken souls make this work?
Overall, I thought the writing was a HUGE improvement from one of A.M. Hargrove's earlier novels I'd read about a year ago. I always try to give author's a second chance, and I'm glad I was able to see how well this author has developed her voice as a writer. I'm giving this book 3.5 STARS out of 5 STARS. Even though I felt the story has been done before, the characters are one's I fell for. This does end in a cliffhanger, but it's not super jaw dropping.
Read by Taryn Lee on August 14, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on August 14, 2014
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Tragically Flawed, Tragic Desires, and Exquisite Betrayal.
Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
(If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but….)
You can also find her on Goodreads as Emerson St. Clair. Her novella series, Dirty Nights, is available and those are a little dark, a little erotic and a lot sexy!