on May 14th 2012
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
She's always been off-limits...
Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.
...but now she's all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she's determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time...
4.5 Stars! Oh my, what a sweet, emotional read.
Laura Kaye does the tortured hero so well, and Marco fits the bill to a “t”!! He’s angry, confused, and the last thing he needs is more drama in his life, but that’s exactly what he gets when Alyssa walks into the bar where he works looking for a job. She is his best friend’s little sister, he looked out for her when she was younger and this is the last place he expects to see her. He’s not happy and boy does he let her know it! So much for happy reunions! Alyssa adores Marco and is in love with him, but the fun, loving, sweet, protective boy she once knew is now a bitter, crass, irate man. She knows that he was injured while serving with her brother Brady, but isn’t aware of the extent of his injuries or the mental torment that he suffers from.
This was a profound emotional read. You get a real feel for how much Marco is suffering, and Alyssa helplessness in her quest to aid him in his healing. She extends a hand and opens her heart to him; he reaches, tries to hold on and then slaps her away, again and again, but she doesn’t give up. Then Marco finally realizes… this woman, not his best friend’s little sister, not the girl he protected…but the woman that Alyssa has become holds his heart in her hands. Loving her will allow him to love himself and the healing can begin!
The ending was oozing with “cheese” and was deliciously perfect!! There is a cast of wonderful secondary characters that you connect to, the writing flows nicely.
Although I LOVED the book, I was looking for a confrontation with Alyssa and Brady’s father. I think it would have added to the story and was a missed opportunity, but it’s not my story to write. I understand that there is only so much you can put in a short read, so I’m hoping that we see this issue addressed in Brady’s book, other than that…well done Laura Kaye!