Overall, I like this story. The characters were really good and the basic romantic plot well thought out. However, other aspects of this story left me unsettled. I wasn't sure of the location; US, Canada, Europe. Most indicators felt rural US but word choices weren't always American, but more British and flying to Vegas is American but jaunting around Europe on a police salary is not. Also, the town people's overall views/reactions felt over the top rather than realistic. Yet, those wonderful characters kept me glue to the story. I couldn't wait to see how it played out and to see if there were indicators for the next story. I wasn't disappointed on either count.
This is the third book in a series set in Cape Falls. You do not need to read the previous two stories to enjoy this one though the characters from the first two books do play roles in this one.
Amy grew up in Cape Falls. At 17, she found herself pregnant from a man her parents approved of and quickly found herself married to him. It didn't take long before he became abusive. Unable to turn to her parents or any friends, Amy tries to make the best of it until she is almost killed. Gabriel has seen the signs of abuse and has been watching the situation. When the police call comes in, he's the first on the scene and ensures that Amy's husband is put in jail. Instead of rallying around Amy, the town turns their backs on her. Gabriel offers her a place to live and hopes their large age difference doesn't bother Amy because he's hoping to make her more than a house guest.
This story is worth reading and would be perfect for a lazy afternoon. It's short enough to be read in just a few hours but long enough to give you a full story.
Welcome to Cape Falls, a town with old-fashioned values.
Amy Grant survived much at the hands of her ex-husband. Now all she wants to do is live her life and provide a good home for her two children. When complaints from the residents of Cape Falls force her out of a job, Amy has no choice but to turn to Gabriel Anderson.
Gabriel has felt a deep connection to the young mother ever since he saved her from a brutal attack from her husband. He opens up his home to her in the hope she will soon be his.
However, Gabriel holds a dark secret. He is a dominant man with the need to see Amy submit to him. With such a hard past behind her, will Amy be able to accept the kind of passion Gabriel wants? Or can Gabriel finally let the darkness inside him go for the woman he loves? (Heat 4 / 34,230 Words)
Be Warned: bondage, public exhibition.