by Marie Hall
Mature Content Advisory, must be 18+
Ryan Cosgrove and Liliana Delgado are on a collision course with destiny. They don't know it yet, but before the night is over their lives will be forever changed.
Spending Valentine's Day at a burlesque bar, hadn't been Liliana's ideal way of spending a Friday night. She'd much rather be back at campus, doing homework... until she meets Ryan. Tall, athletic, and gorgeous, Lili can't keep her eyes off him, and despite his gruff manners and drunken disposition she's intrigued.
Ryan's got demons, and they're deep, dark, and eating him alive. Regardless of his attraction to the petite brunette he's tired of fighting, of pretending the last fifteen years haven't been a daily struggle just to get out of bed every morning. That night he decides to end his pain, to leave it all behind and float away into the blessed darkness of oblivion. But fate has other plans for him, Lily finds and rescues Ryan, determined she'll not only save his body, but his soul too.
This is their moment...
The doors slide open with a loud whoosh. Huffing the bangs out of my eyes I look up and my heart stills.
In fact, everything seems to freeze. It’s a strange sensation, sounds grow dim, and the world recedes to a pinprick of light, a halo that surrounds him. I have no idea who he is, a perfect stranger in a room full of them, but something about him stands out and makes me notice.
He has dark wavy hair and intense blue eyes. He stands squinting in the doorway and it’s obvious why he’s here. The entire left side of his face is a swollen mass of discolored skin. He grabs the corner of his jaw and I notice his knuckles are also split open. Hard eyes scan the waiting room, and for a second, I glimpse in his face the same emotion I’m feeling right now.
Anywhere but here…
Then our eyes meet. He’s older than me, I can tell. There are whiskers on his cheeks, and he doesn’t look like a boy.
Especially not like the boy who did this to me.
The look lasts only a second, but feels more like an eternity-- a stolen moment in time that exists outside of where we’re at right now. But like so much in my life, it’s fleeting.
Liliana is a single mom at 21 years old to a seven year old boy who is autistic and lives with a mother that has health issues. When she got pregnant at 14 her father lost all hope for her and eventually left her and her mother in the time of need. She now has trust issues with man and has went through a lot of stuff with her son and her mother, so she feels she comes with a lot of baggage.
Ryan has his own dark demons and he cannot seem to escape the past that hunts him. His a marine turned fighter who is having a difficult time to dealing with Valentines day due to his past.
The two meet by chance when Alex, Ryan's cousin asks Liliana to join him on Valentines day in hopes it would help dealing with his cousin.
And the intense roller-coaster begins with night one.
Wow I was really blown away with this book. It does deal with some tough subjects of sexual abuse, and self inflicted injuries. I absolutely loved all the main characters, especially Liliana and Ryan. I thought they were both well developed and written well enough for me to actually feel their pain and their struggles through the book. I love the fact that it was done from both Liliana's and Ryan's POV back and forth so we got to explore both of their emotions. It wasn't an easy read by any means but there was something almost beautiful about Marie's writing, the way she told their heart-breaking story that bought me to tears more then once and then tied it all together. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and see Alex's POV!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones. Which is probably why she married one.
On top of that she's a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She's a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun's gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!
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