Wow this was one intensely dark read. The emotional suspense, intrigue, love, passion, commitment, kink and more…
4 friends, young and innocent got sucked into a scheme of grownups. Their youth taken away too soon, too swift and it changed everything. One couple, two brothers all very protective of the only girl in their little circle.
Conor and Jake are soulmates and decided to make love for the first time on her 16th birthday outside in the open. They are ranchers after all. While preparing to make it special and a bit kinky, they got ambushed. So 3 boys are forced to watch their friend being raped over and over again. Her innocence brutally taken, and the traumatic incident changed them all.
6 years later little bits and pieces are clearing up about the past. Nothing is as it seemed at first. The dark schemes revealing a lot more everybody expected.
All The characters are strong. Dominating cowboys protective and possessive of their own. They show a wide range of emotions and sometimes act in unpredictable ways, but they move the plot forward with their action. I love how they are dark and hurt but they still know how to use the humour and don’t apologize for who they are. It is like: this is who I am – take me or leave me. Conor was brutally assaulted and suffered even more at the hands of the people who were supposed to love her. My heart broke for her, but she came out even stronger despite her PTSD. Jake is such a devoted boyfriend, he is loyal, determined, confident, possessive, kinky and I loved how he was so patient with her when she came back. Everything he did was for her to be safe.
Nevertheless, this is a love story. Full of emotions, heartbreak, hurt and bad thing happening to good people. The love they have for each other is strong and empowering. The sex is hot and kinky. I was engaged from the beginning and would recommend this book to readers who love strong cowboys who are willing to cross the moral line for the ones they love. But be warned, if you have triggers (rape, murder, assault) you better skip this one.