“Worn me down like a road. I did everything you told. Worn me down to my knees. I did everything to please.”
Austin Conrad has never taken his personal life seriously. As a Navy SEAL, he spends all of his time in dangerous, life-threatening situations. The only way to leave behind the horrors he’s seen throughout his career, is to turn it all off when he gets home. He’s too much of a playboy to settle down; even if he did find a woman he could stand to be around for more than one night, he would never taint her life with the demons of his past.
When his best friend and SEAL team member, Brady Marshall asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister, Gwen, Austin figures it will be a walk in the park. The only thing Austin likes more than flirting his way under a beautiful woman’s skin, is walking away with a smile on his face. Austin never expects that the single mom and her little girl will be the ones getting under his skin.
Gwen Stratford knows all too well about living in a nightmare. After taking her daughter and fleeing from her abusive husband in the middle of the night several months ago, she’s worked hard to get her life back on track and forget about the man who tried to break her. Growing up under the iron thumb of her parents and then moving right on with a man who ruled their marriage with his fists, Gwen is finally able to breathe and live her life the way she wants.
When scary, mysterious things begin to happen to Gwen and her daughter, she realizes you can never outrun your past; it always has a way of catching up with you. As she struggles with the desire to keep her newfound independence, she knows she won’t be able to protect herself and her child alone. She’ll need to lean on the one man who drives her crazy.
Can Gwen really put her trust in a man who thinks life is one big joke, or will he be just another man in her life who tries to wear her down?
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.
Where do I start? I absolutely loved this book! I am having a hard time finding the words to say why this series is one of the best you will ever read!
Brady... the badass Navy SEAL. He lives and breathes his job. Nothing can stop him from taking the next mission. His team is all of the family and life he needs.
But then comes Gwen. One of his best friend's sister. She is sassy. She is strong-willed. She is a single mom running or hiding from something.
These two embark on a journey of a love-hate relationship. They get off to a rocky start... I would love to say that things smooth out... But I will not confirm or deny it.
Trust. That's one thing that doesn't come easy for either of them. Their lives have taught them that trust is something that is earned by loyalty.
When things start to go awry, neither of them know who they can trust, including one another. Even though they both want to trust the other, they find it harder than you would think.
I really love how well Tara is able to cause her readers to not know what instincts to trust in this book. Just when you think you have everything figured out, another wrench comes flying at you. My head was spinning around and around. I felt like I was a dog chasing my own tail!
I think this book is, hands down, is the best in the series so far. I can't wait for the fourth and final book!!