Series: The Metcalfe's #1
Published by Task Force Press on January 6, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Christian / Romance / Suspense, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Suspense, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
She cost him everything. Now, he’s forced to protect her.
Stone Metcalfe embodies the Metcalfe legacy—blue eyes, an unfair amount of good looks, and hardcore patriot-laced character. But a foolish lapse in judgment dismantles his name and career. Humiliated and furious, he retreats to his mountain lodge to hide from media hounds and eke out a new life. However, one phone call from an old Army buddy upends Stone’s best-laid plans.
Supermodel Brighton Buchanan had designers and men eating out of her hand until a terrible mistake trapped her in the soul-eating world of human trafficking. Years later, she is used by her captors to take down the best man she’s ever known. The man she loves. Hope lost, she’s unexpectedly freed—and thrown back into Stone’s life. Being forgiven is out of the question considering how much he hates her.
Believing danger and her trafficker are one wrong move away, Brighton will do anything to keep him from being ruined again—even if it means going back to that life. As everything is falling apart and threats mount against Brighton, Stone realizes forgiveness is the easy part. Protecting her—and his heart—is another story.
Oh my SWOOF! (Squeezing Words Out Of Feelings). WOW was this one intense ride! The roller-coaster of emotions, the muscles, the danger, the muscles (did I say that already?) From cover to cover, this book had my full attention. The complication of Stone and Brighton’s past together certainly made for a rocky start once they were in each other’s presence again, but I think seeing the story from both of their POV’s also drew me in even deeper to their circumstances. Because while wrong and hurt occurred in the past, Brighton was also a victim of her circumstances more than either one of them wanted to admit. There was real healing that needed to occur on both sides. They both needed it in their own ways once the full picture was understood. I appreciated that this story shed light on the travesty that is human trafficking. Unfortunately it IS still a reality for many even in today’s world, and seeing the author’s heart to call attention to it and share some resources at the end was a powerful call for help. Brighton had big guys with big muscles that were ultimately able to help her, but not everyone has that opportunity. While this was such an amazing, steamy read, it was also one with an important message and I really, really appreciate that.
*I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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