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Born to senatorial royalty, Nicki Cartwright has spent her entire life trying to shield her mother from her father's wrath while drifting further and further into a world where panic is normal and anxiety is always on the edge of her reality. Tired of burning the candle at both ends and forever trying to live up to the picture of All-American perfection her father James Cartwright touts as his ace in the hole during election cycles, Nicki finds herself on the path of self-discovery in search of relief from the stressors continually swamping her mind. What she doesn't expect is to find who she thought she was is truly just a shadow of the person she really is. And what scares her most is the fact Allen, the only person she thought she could trust, has been holding a secret since before she was born which could destroy her entire family.
Posted January 7, 2013
With a somewhat confusing start, due to this book being part of a series, this story soon goes into overdrive as the story of two people damaged by the past try to overcome their hurts in each other's arms. Allen is sick of the circuit and how meaningless the BDSM parties have become. He's still handsome and charismatic but knows time's getting away from him. After three unpleasant divorces he's also lonely, but unsure of wanting to put his heart on the line again. After meeting Nicki he knows she's got emotional baggage but she's the first woman to stir his heart in a long time. She's much younger than him with a father who enjoys destroying others but he can't help wanting to be her hero....for perhaps longer than they originally planned.
Nicki's life has been one full of emotional pain courtesy of her father. It's left her with moments of child-like behavior that show a woman still carrying scars that no amount of therapy or pills can help. She soon finds solace in Allen's strength if she can just let herself trust him. Things don't automatically turn around though as her father rears his ugly head and the story takes a darker turn into cloak and dagger revenge that leads to a powerful ending.
Throughout the story are many steamy scenes taking place in the BDSM world. These scenes are tastefully done but don't shy away from the intensity of BDSM-play. The age difference might be a problem for some but I felt the deep connection between these two and the healing power of their love for each other. I've only read Ms. Munro's historical books before this but after reading this heartwrenching story I'll be sure to read the rest of this exciting series from the start.