My rating: 5 of 5 stars
***I was provided an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review***
I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.
Well…this book is STEAMY. I really enjoyed this book. First, I like the unique storyline. The main characters randomly connect through a cell phone call when the previous tenant leaves and Annie moves in. They connect on a deep level and they begin these erotic phone conversations. It is a slow but very nice build up for their relationship. They don’t meet until close to the end of this book and usually I find this lack of physical connection a little frustrating, but in this case, it worked especially since the book alternates POVs. I could feel their connection and I couldn’t wait for them to meet. There is a lot of mystery built up around Annie’s past and why she is running/ hiding as well as Dylan’s past and why he is hiding on his mountain. While the book is very erotic, there’s a plot woven in that deals with some very real issues: domestic abuse, gangs, violence, and all the dysfunction and psychological damages that comes from these things.
I was really proud of Annie. She was very brave and I loved reading about her journey to discover who she really was, what she liked, and what she wanted. Dylan was just the right person to help her discover herself. Then there is Dylan…Dylan is the broken hero who tries to come off as detached and cruel, but it’s so clear that he isn’t broken. He craves love and keeps his kind heart. He just tries not to show it. I really liked both main characters and I really took to Ben and some of the side characters like Joan.
The book leaves you with a cliffhanger so book 2 definitely needs to be read in order to finish their story. The cliffhanger isn’t too bad and part 2 is coming out soon. =)