I have not read the first book and you do not need to, this is standalone. Will Mershano hooked me from the first chapter. He has this remarkable strength and integrity and when you meet Rachel you know he will be her warrior in the end.
The build-up with Ryan playing his games is intense and I was simply so stressed as each chapter progresses as you know there is going to be some explosive moments in this story.
Chapter 16 is a standout when the dynamic changes between Will and Rachel and his perceptiveness that something is amiss in Rachel’s life.
The author wove a tale of taking a chance on new love despite barriers no woman wants to endure. The first half of this book I was on tenterhooks waiting for the past to collide with her future.
Will was perfect for her, his ability to read her body language and slowly bring her to the belief she could face her demons with his trust was brilliant.
So many moments of happiness in this book but also despair that made you appreciate the light. Rachel was so intelligent and her banter with Will in the professional sense was integral to this story and their growth as a couple.
Towards the end when her brother and his friend join the story it definitely made me want to continue the journey with all these characters. Upon finishing I immediately went and added the next two books in this series along with a new story on Kincaid.