Since childhood, Mallory McCabe has dreamed of falling in love with a hero. And then one saves her life. He’s honest…and blunt. Deadly, but filled with pain. Overpowering, yet ever so gentle with her. Oh yes, she’s found her hero. Taking him to her bed is simply…right. As is losing her heart.
How could she have known he’d want nothing more to do with her?
His indifference hurts. She vows to forget him…then he buys the land next to hers.
Released early from prison, all Sawyer Ware wants is to put his life back together. His police detective brother houses him while he makes plans. But when a violent gang targets his brother, Sawyer puts his future on hold. He’ll have to take on the gang first. After a decade as a Navy SEAL, he won’t–can’t–walk away if someone he loves is threatened.
His mission is likely to prove bloody. He sure can’t afford to get involved with a woman, especially his captivating neighbor. He hungers to be near her, to enjoy her clear laugh, her easy friendship, and the peace she brings wherever she goes. A relationship is absolutely out of the question.
Why won’t his heart obey orders?
I almost forgot how much I loved these men. The chemistry Mallory and Sawyer have is explosive but they both try to fight it.
Sawyer was released early from prison and is now trying to protect his brother and the people of Bear Flat. See when the prison closed it left behind a violent gang and they had their sights on Sawyers brother for killing the leader of the gang in a prison break. Sawyer being the former Navy SEAL was all about taking them out before they got to his family. A spunky contractor caught his attention but getting involved with someone is the last thing he needs especially if they are just wanting a little thrill of being with an ex-con.
Mallory runs a contract company and looking for the perfect guy that she can blend well with. Little did she know her one night stand would be her neighbor in the next few days and she would be working on his property? The way these two keep coming together and then repelling each other like a pair of magnets is magnetizing. Mallory knows when to push Sawyer and when to let things go but when he rejects her in town it is heart crushing.
Sawyer has to push Mallory away to keep her safe but she is not one to sit by and watch her town go in the gutter. She is a fighter and can swing a broom with the best of them. She rallies the town and puts herself in the middle of all the danger Sawyer has tried so hard to keep her away from. Now he is forced to protect his brother, Mallory and the town that he is starting to see as his.
I love Mallory and her gift she is loving, caring and protective in her own way. She sees someone in trouble she jumps in to help. There was a lot of push and pull between Mallory and Sawyer. Mallory was all in but Sawyer was still in protecting mode and protection meant he needed distance. I enjoyed seeing the Mastersons, the Hunts, and even Simon and Xavier. I enjoyed this book Mallory is an introvert but when the time comes to stand up and push back she is all in especially when her friends are in danger.
A few of my favorites:
Sawyer didn’t think a woman had ever looked at him as Mallory did now – as if she could see past his skin and into his soul. And still liked what she saw.
“Good. But, Mallory, you’re new. Even if you forget the colors, it’s all right. I’m going to be right here with you, figuring out what you’re saying. What you need.” His eyes were steady on hers. He was totally in control of himself – and her.
Well, honestly. Mallory scowled. “Although I believe in recycling, you’ve gone too far. Good advise shouldn’t be returned like you would a… a soda bottle.”
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Cherise Sinclair is renowned for writing heart-wrenching stories with laugh-out-loud dialogue, devastating Dominants, and absolutely sizzling sex. And did I mention the BDSM? Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a Goodreads BDSM group’s Best Author of the Year.
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