Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.
She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.
Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.
Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.
Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?
At Peace by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 give me more of that Joe STARS
“You’re mine, the girls are mine. I’m stakin’ my claim with you right now and, you force it, I’ll do it with him too.”
I'm repeating myself, but I just have to say it again...I kinda like to read Kristen Ashley books. I know you didn't expect that. ;D I'm so cheeky.
So, At Peace is the second instalment in the The 'Burg Series and while I'm partial to the first book For You, I still had to give this one 5 Stars just because anything less would have been blasphemy. As always the writing is stellar, the characters are wonderful, lots of family drama, heartbreak and in this particular series the whole world created around the main players is just so rich and developed with a lot of care.
I have some good and some very bad news for you:
good -- I found the perfect man and you can read a whole book about him
bad -- he is taken, or better yet he will be taken by the time you finish reading
Oh well, here is the story in a nutshell.
Widow and mother of two teenage kids, finds herself in a torrid affair with her next door neighbour.
Of course it's a lot more complicated and drama is strong in this one, but it's a good start. ;D
So Violet Winters, said single mother of two teenage girls had lost her husband when he was killed by a crazy stalker mafia boss who has an insane obsession with Violet and wants her all to himself.
Yeah, you can already see this is one of those books. Bring the crazy from the get go, why don't you?
First and foremost Violet is a mother. Everything she does is for the well being and safety of her daughters, Kate and Keira. Especially after they lost their father. But then one night loud music coming out of her neighbour’s house leads her down a path of personal happiness and satisfaction. Woooop Woooop...
“You already think I'm a dick.”
I felt my heart beat faster and I whispered. “Joe-”
Joe cut me off. “So don't matter tomorrow morning you still think I'm a dick, 'cause now, even though you're drunk, I'm gonna take you inside and fuck you 'till you ache.”
Oh Joe Callahan, you awesome -- awesome man. *sigh*
One prime example for a real swoon worthy alpha male. He has it all; he is domineering, a little mysterious, gorgeous and he has the tragic past. What more can a girl hope for? Oh, I know...he loves Vi's kids. OMG, he might just be PERFECT! Damn you, Ms. Ashley!!
I really like Vi and Joe's story. From the start the two have some scorching chemistry and don't even get me started with explosions happening when they get together. SCORCHING!
But that doesn't mean everything is sunshine and daisies. Joe and Vi have to fight many obstacles starting with their own stupidity, Mike (I dislike this one the most), a murderous mafia boss and not to mention a gossiping town.
“Worth the wait," Joe muttered and my head tipped back. "What?" "Every bit of it. Every day, every week, every year, every fuckin' second, buddy," he kept muttering, his eyes intense, his face serious and my breath caught, "this. All of it. Worth the wait.”
It took me weeks to write this review and I'm sorry it is rather short and surely not my best, but I had to write something. And I really wanted you to meet Mr. Callahan.
I hope you can forgive me. ;P