Beyond Control

Beyond Control

by Kat Martin

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ISBN-13: 9781420143195
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: The Texas Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 26,398
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of sixty-five books across multiple genres.  Sixteen million copies are in print and she has been published in twenty-one foreign countries, including Japan, France, Argentina, Greece, China, and Spain. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA award and won both the Lifetime Achievement and Reviewer’s Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews.
 
A resident of Missoula, Montana, Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She and her author husband, L.J. Martin, spend their winters in Ventura, California. She is currently writing her next Romantic Suspense. Visit Kat at www.katmartin.com. Or join her Facebook page.  (www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Martin).

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CHAPTER 1

Phoenix, Arizona

Dear God, he was supposed to be gone! The sound of the front door opening and closing, familiar heavy footfalls in the entry sent shock waves through her body. It was almost midnight. Damon should have been in Los Angeles attending a three-day business conference with his father.

Tory glanced wildly around the bedroom. She had nearly finished packing, just a couple more boxes to fill, then first thing in the morning she was leaving. She had rented an apartment on the other side of Phoenix, a fresh start for her and Ivy, her four-year-old daughter.

A noise, Damon bumping into the coffee table in the living room, pushed her nerves up another notch. Her heart set up a murderous clatter as a chair tipped over and crashed to the floor. Damon swore foully.

He was drunk. Again. Her heart jerked, speeded. Lord, what was he doing here? Why was he still in Phoenix?

She swallowed, tried to focus, think what to do. He must have missed his flight, had probably gone out with his sycophant buddies, guys who enjoyed the free booze and the women, the expensive nightclubs and strip joints, all paid for by Damon Bridger from the trust fund his father provided.

Four months ago, when she had first met him, he had been different. They had crossed paths at a nightclub called the Peacock, a loud sort of place she rarely frequented, a place she had gone with her best friend, Lisa Shane, to celebrate Lisa's birthday.

With his jet-black hair and golden brown eyes, Damon was amazingly handsome, like Johnny Depp, Lisa had said. The attraction had been instant and amazing, or at least so it seemed.

He'd called the next day and immediately begun his pursuit. Back then, his gifts had been simple but expensive presents for her and Ivy. Presents chosen especially for the two of them, a tiny hummingbird pendant because she loved birds. A small silver princess ring for Ivy with the little girl's name engraved on it.

She'd thought he was special, that he would make the perfect father for her daughter, someone to end the last four lonely years since her husband had died.

She had lulled herself into believing the handsome man who was courting her would make her happy.

Tory glanced at the glowing red numbers on the clock on the nightstand: 12:01 A.M. Ivy was asleep in her room at the opposite end of the hall. Damon had changed so much that lately she had begun to worry he might hurt her little girl.

She swallowed. The tread of heavy, uneven footfalls coming down the hall sent a trickle of fear down her spine. Week after week, he'd grown more and more antagonistic, and more and more violent. He had pushed her, had slapped her once, but each time he had apologized and begged her forgiveness. Last week he had hit her with his fist.

It was the end, as far as Tory was concerned. She was moving out, the sooner the better. His trip to LA should have provided the perfect opportunity.

Tory closed her eyes as the door swung open and Damon staggered into the bedroom. A cold smile stretched over his handsome face. "Nice of you to wait up," he said.

She forced herself not to run, to keep her spine straight and not flinch. "I thought you were in LA with your dad."

Instead of answering, his gaze swept around the bedroom, taking in the open suitcases, the boxes she hadn't yet loaded into the trunk of her car. "Where do you think you're going?"

She took a deep breath. No way to avoid a confrontation now. "I'm leaving, Damon. I'm taking Ivy and moving out. I told you it wasn't working. I've got a place of my own." There was no waiting till morning now. She had to leave before something bad happened. "I'll come back and pick up the rest of my things over the weekend."

The beautiful diamond engagement ring he'd bought her glittered in its blue velvet box on the dresser. She had planned to leave a note with the ring when she moved out of his condo.

She started for the door, praying he wouldn't try to stop her, but Damon stepped in front of her, blocking her way. His mouth thinned into a hard, unforgiving line.

"You aren't going anywhere. You're staying right here where you belong. You're mine, Tory. I keep what belongs to me. Surely you know that by now."

She kept her chin high, though she was trembling inside. "I'm going, Damon. I'm taking Ivy and leaving. Get out of my way." She took a step forward, but he shoved her back, hard enough she stumbled.

"You're my fiancée. You're not leaving this house." He gripped her wrist and dragged her over to the big king-size bed. "Take off your clothes. You're gonna put out. I gave you that fancy diamond — now you're gonna pay for it."

Fury swamped her, making her reckless. With her red hair and fair complexion, there was no way to hide the angry color in her cheeks. "What, you didn't get laid while you were out with your friends?"

Damon backhanded her across the face, splitting her lip, sending her sprawling onto the mattress. A spray of blood flew across the pillow and she bit back a moan.

"What I do or don't do is none of your business. Not since you slept with that guy in your office — what was his name? Oh yeah, Clark."

She wiped the blood from her mouth with a trembling hand. "I didn't sleep with Clark. I told you, it was raining. My car wouldn't start so he gave me a ride home. That's all it was." But his jealousy had grown along with his temper.

"You're a slut, just like the rest of them. For a while you had me fooled, but not anymore."

"Fine, if that's what you think, just let me leave and you'll be rid of me." She came up from the bed and started for the door, but Damon shoved her back against the wall.

"You'll leave when I say, not before." He caught her wrist and dragged her forward. She cried out as he slapped her again, hard enough to knock her to the floor. When he kicked her, Tory drew herself into a ball and put her arms over her head. She didn't dare fight him, not with Ivy just down the hall.

"You little bitch." Damon grabbed a handful of her T-shirt and hauled her to her feet. "You need a lesson on how to behave and I'm gonna give you one."

Tory muffled a cry as he drew back his fist and punched her, her jaw exploding in pain as she hit the floor.

She put her hand up to protect herself. "Stop it, Damon! I'll do whatever you want!"

"Oh, you're gonna do what I want, all right, you little whore." He dragged her up by the hair and slapped her, punched her again, knocking her into the dresser, banging her head so hard she saw stars and landed on the floor.

He was leaving her no choice; she had to fight back or he was going to kill her.

Tory shot to her feet and charged forward, punching him with her fists, kicking him, doing her best to hurt him. He was over six feet tall and muscular, an invincible wall of meanness and determination.

The last thing she remembered was trying to dodge the blow as his fist shot toward her, her body flying backward, slamming into the wall. His boot crashed into her ribs and pain shot through her. Then she felt nothing at all.

Victoria Bradford woke up the following morning in a Scottsdale Memorial hospital bed, one of her eyes swollen shut, with a concussion, four broken ribs, a punctured lung, and her entire body black-and-blue and covered with cuts and abrasions.

Through her one good eye, she spotted a nurse walking into the room. "My ... my daughter ..." She moistened her lips. "Where's ... Ivy?"

The nurse looked at her with pity. "Your little girl is fine. She's staying with your friend Lisa."

Relief filtered through her. Lisa. Thank God. Lisa would take care of Ivy. Tory didn't ask about Damon. She didn't want to know. She was simply grateful to be alive. At least she and Ivy were safe.

Then the unwanted thought occurred. They were safe. But for exactly how long?

CHAPTER 2

Iron River Ranch, Iron Springs, Texas,Four Months Later

Joshua Cain shoved back his chair and rose from the round oak table in his kitchen. Next to the empty plate of overcooked eggs and slightly burned toast, the Iron Springs Gazette lay open on the table.

The headline read Lone Wolf Terror Attack in Austin. Below was the story of an Islamic extremist who had attacked a man with a butcher knife. Fortunately, the victim, a former police officer, had fought off the attacker and killed him. According to Homeland Security, the threat was over.

Josh didn't read more. He'd left the war behind when he'd left the Middle East. He had come home to Texas to forget about fighting and terrorism and good men dying, and that was exactly what he intended to do.

Crossing the living room, he pushed open the front door and stepped out on the porch beneath the overhanging roof that ran the length of the two-story ranch house.

The sun was out this early April morning, the temperature warm, the sky a clear robin's-egg blue. The year was beginning to heat up, but the Texas temperatures wouldn't be unbearable for at least another two months.

Josh didn't mind the heat. He'd spent the last four years fighting in the blistering deserts of Iraq and the barren mountains of Afghanistan. The hot, damp climate on this side of Texas, along with the wide-open spaces and deep green grasslands, suited him just fine.

Refusing to think of the war, Josh tugged his battered straw cowboy hat a little lower across his forehead and started across the open space between the forty-year-old house he was remodeling and the barn he had just finished rebuilding. A dilapidated old cow barn sat in the field beyond, one of his next projects.

He'd been back in Texas since December when he'd officially left the marines, two months after he'd run into enemy gunfire, been shot three times, taken a load of shrapnel, and nearly died.

He'd spent the following months in the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, before returning to Texas to live in a double-wide trailer on his brother Linc's twenty-five-hundred-acre property seventy miles east of Dallas, Blackland Ranch.

Linc had insisted he take some time, finish healing, try to figure out what the hell he wanted to do with his life. Grateful for his half brother's help, Josh had accepted the offer, then been surprised to discover that finding out what he wanted didn't take as long as he'd thought.

As a kid, he'd loved country living, loved horses, wrangled cattle every summer and dreamed of owning his own place someday. But he'd had to work from the age of twelve to help support himself and his mother, living barely above subsistence level; it had been little more than a pipe dream back then.

Now he was the proud owner — along with the bank that held the mortgage — of the Iron River Ranch, a two-thousand-acre spread along the northern boundary of his brother's property.

The ranch had come with fifteen head of Black Angus cattle and thirty head of horses. He had kept seven geldings — good, reliable cow ponies — sold and traded the rest for broodmares and colts he chose himself. He was looking to buy a stallion, had his eye on a registered quarter horse named Handley's Pride.

He'd always had a way with animals, planned to raise a few cows but focus on breeding, training, and selling horses.

He glanced up at a noise in the barn, the sound of hooves pounding against the stall. Satan was at it again. He started walking. Damned horse would be the death of him — or somebody else.

The animal probably should have been put down, and he might have done it if it hadn't been for his sixty-seven-year-old neighbor, Clara Thompson. The woman was convinced Josh could save the stallion if he was patient enough, and he was dumb enough to give it a try.

"Señor Cain! Señor Cain!" His latest hire came racing out of the barn, the jet- black stallion hard on his heels. Josh ran toward them, flapping his hat and shouting, driving the great black beast off in another direction.

"I quit!" Ramirez stomped toward him. "I am through with this place and that crazy horse!"

"Take it easy, Diego. I'll take care of the stallion."

"He nearly killed me! I am finished. I have a better job offer, one where I do not have to risk my life."

Josh didn't try to talk him out of it. He had a feeling the stable hand was partly to blame for the animal's foul temper, at least this morning. He had a hunch Ramirez had been antagonizing the stallion. There were guys who liked the control, liked lording it over what they considered a dumb beast, and Josh had a feeling Ramirez was one of them.

Josh watched the man grab his rope, halter, saddle, and bridle and toss them into the back of his old brown pickup. The engine fired up and the pickup shot backward, spun, and roared off down the dirt road toward the two-lane highway that led to Iron Springs.

Josh sighed as he crossed the stable yard and went into the barn for a bucket of grain. When he came out, the big black stallion tossed its head and snorted as it trotted back and forth along the fence line.

Sonofabitch. Another half hour shot to hell trying to coax the horse into the pasture. And now he'd have to drive into town, post some notices, and put an ad in the paper for another stable hand.

He had two full-time ranch hands lined up, due to start in a couple of days, but they would be mending fences, helping him rebuild the cow barn, and doing deferred maintenance the property desperately needed, the reason he had bought it for such a reasonable sum.

The life of a rancher was never easy, and yet Josh loved every minute. He relished the solitude, the time it gave him to deal with the past and come to grips with the present, think a little about the future.

Grabbing the bucket of oats, he went after the cantankerous horse.

* * *

It was hard to believe four months had passed since Tory had left Phoenix. After the attack, she had moved to Houston, taken a high-paying job as an executive secretary, assistant to the president of Huntley Drilling, a small oil company. She'd liked the work, which paid well and was less stressful than her former job as an advertising executive with the Elwin Davis Group, the top marketing agency in Phoenix.

But she had gone to a headhunter to find the job so it hadn't taken Damon long to track her down. The harassment had started right away, with him showing up at her apartment, at work, making threats, scaring Ivy. Demanding Tory return with him to Phoenix.

She'd called the police and they had done their best to help, but in Texas, the restraining order she'd gotten in Phoenix had to be updated to be valid. That meant her abuser had to be notified and given a chance to argue his side of the case in court.

She didn't have the money for more attorney fees, and the restraining order she'd gotten after the attack hadn't really done any good. In Houston, when the neighbor's kitten had turned up with a wire around its neck, strangled and bloody, dead in front of her apartment door, it had been time to move on.

New Mexico sounded good. She'd taken an interim job at a dry-cleaning store in Albuquerque just to earn some money. But the first day of work, the owner had cornered her in the garment racks and suggested her job could be a lot easier if she provided a few fringe benefits. She had quit the same day.

She'd been lucky. By the end of the week, she'd found a job over the Internet, office manager of Dominion Potash, a potassium mining company in Carlsbad. She'd liked the challenge of organizing the office and keeping the company running; she'd liked the small, high desert community famous for its world- famous caverns.

After two months with no sign of Damon, she had finally begun to settle in. She'd even allowed herself to make a few friends, relax enough to leave Ivy with a sitter once in a while and go out to a show or dinner in the evenings.

But every day she worried.

Every night, she lay awake, straining to hear the sound of an intruder. Tonight, as she lay in the darkness and listened to the heavy footfalls outside her bedroom door, she knew Damon had found her again.

Cold fear slid through her. It was as if her worst nightmare had come to life and she had to live it all over again.

Only this time, she was prepared.

Her heart slammed like a hammer against the wall of her chest as he shoved open the bedroom door. She had no idea how he had gotten inside, but she knew him well enough to know if he wanted in, nothing was going to stop him.

There was no time to pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1. Help wouldn't arrive in time if she did. Instead she summoned her courage and forced down her fear.

"What are you doing here, Damon?" Glad for the white cotton nightgown she'd started wearing after the beating, she sat up in bed, her eyes on the man who had just stepped into her bedroom.

(Continues…)


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Beyond Control 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't miss this trilogy, had a hard time putting any of them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have begun to think Kat Martin is becoming my very best writer. I feel like a traitor to Miss Sandra, but Kat's edging up there with this book. NLR .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, could not put it down.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Just plain good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beyond Control and two previous books in this trilogy were easy good reads! Nice flow and characters were easy to follow. Thanks Kat!! Enjoy the military bad boy/good boy and their ladies!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A riveting, intense, emotional, ardent, sweet story that enticed my mind, touched my emotions and scared the daylights out of me. Ever read a romantic suspense story with such vivid images, such a fear factor, that after you finish reading it late at night you go around making sure your windows are locked, and that you are safe inside? Yeah, Beyond Control did that to me, and that does not happen often. The danger and attacks in the story are coming from more than one source, leaving the protagonists into the dire crossfires, personal attacks, fighting for their lives. No one is safe and collateral damage is not an issue, anything goes. The violence is vivid, and the brutal attacks towards women are detailed, drawn with clear and graphic lines, that enhance the storytelling but can trigger someone unexpectedly. The story is told from multiple points of views, in the third person, and the culprits get his chance to show his wicked, evil mindset as well, his thoughts and actions giving me the chills. The whole ensemble is filled with fascinating, likable characters, and they contribute to the story, even a secondary love interest is part of the tale. The hero and heroine, Victoria Langford and Josh Cain, are both complex, deep, well thought out and drawn characters that were easy to like and cheer for. Their stories were heartbreaking yet they had that unwavering will to survive, to make things better, to learn from the past mistakes, and thrive. The adoration and attraction between them were palpable, I loved watching them fall deeper each day, protecting each other, helping each other, and getting to know each other while learning to live with their inner demons and past mistakes. There were openness and honesty, fear and hesitation, even mixed messages and messed up minds, but there was never doubt about their feelings for each other. With fierce and sharp suspense, brutal and savage attacks and action, adorable and ardent romance, life stories that had me sighing and my eyes burn with tears, the author tells a story that touched my heart and my emotions. While being entertaining and engrossing romantic suspense, the story was also inspiring and compelling, the domestic abuse scenes shattered my heart, but made me want to take action to provide a safe haven for the victims. A delightfully enticing, exciting, entertaining, and horrid action-packed thriller, just perfectly balanced romantic suspense ~ Five Spoons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters & the plot...
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author...(netgalley) I am happy to say that I felt that Kat redeemed herself from last book. Not that I had disliked but I really liked the first book in this series, second just ok but didn't care for heroine, but this I was happy with. I love those Cain brothers, this was Josh's book and I really encourage you to read them all from the beginning if not I feel that you are missing out. Anyway, back to this one, we meet Tory who is running from an abusive ex, who feels that because he put a ring on her finger she was his property. Tory also has a little girl who she needs to protect and unfortunately this little is terrorized of men. Josh reluctantly hires Tory as his stable hand only because he feels that something is going on..That's it folks you need to read for more..I hope we get to know what happened to Rowe? She wasn't mentioned in this one and I was happy Brittney finally got herself the man she was crushing on..Enjoy!
BetweenMyBookendz More than 1 year ago
This is not your standard “damsel in distress” story! Victoria Langford Is a strong woman, with a career and an adorable daughter she is raising alone after the death of her husband and mother in a car accident years earlier when Ivy was a baby. However, a chance meeting with Damon at a club starts a brief relationship with him that seems to be a dream, a second chance at love. But once engaged to him, the relationship devolves into a nightmare filled with brutality and obsessiveness. Fleeing Damon and Arizona, Tory hopscotches around the western part of the country, landing north of Dallas, Texas at Josh McCain’s ranch. Josh is fighting his own nightmares from his military tours overseas. He is just looking to build up Iron River Ranch and find the elusive peace of mind and soul. And he knows that the pretty woman hoping to snag the stable hand position at the Ranch will bring something other than peace to his doorstep….. Wow! Talk about a roller-coaster ride! The thrills are real and they are chilling; somehow, knowing who the “bad guy” is in this story only ratchets up the horror quotient, for Damon is evil personified. Josh is exactly the hero you want in a romantic suspense story: flawed but honorable, with a scarred and cranky shell covering a strong and tender heart. As I said in the beginning, Tory is a strong woman who fell for a man with a pretty facade that hid a dangerous, twisted psyche. Her actions at the Ranch and with Ivy and Josh just show how strong she is; she is a worthy heroine! And her daughter Ivy will just pull at your heartstrings. To add the the enjoyment factor, the secondary characters are wonderful; Ms. Martin does not shy away from the tough topics like PTSD and the aftermath of war, as shown by Josh’s ranch-hands, wounded veterans like himself. Their struggles will tug your heartstrings as well. We also get a visit in with Josh’s brother Linc and Carly from “Beyond Reason” and glimpse their continuing HEA. It was the perfect wrap-up to the Texas Trilogy Series!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! This story had me glued to my seat as I read page after page, needing to know what happened next. A perfect blend of a great suspense and a beautiful romance. Josh, the kind, strong owner of the Iron River Ranch was just looking for a quiet place to land after his time in Afghanistan. Somehow he knows the peace of the ranch is at risk when Victoria Langford rolled up on his ranch applying for a job she clearly isn't qualified for. Trouble is surely following this lovely single mother. After seeing the desperation in her eyes he can't turn her away so he agrees to give her a try. When strange occurrences begin happening around the ranch both Josh and Victoria know that her past has caught up with her. Josh is determined to not let her run again and they make a plan to face this thing together. This is definitely one for the must read list. I highly recommend it.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Beyond Control is an intriguing romantic suspense novel with a hot former Marine turned cowboy and a single mother in distress. I liked that the author gave Josh and Tory time to find and fall for each other. Josh is sweet, strong and protective. He is also a guy so a little dense at times. Tory is smart and stronger than she gives herself credit for. I really enjoyed their story. Though this is part of a series it can be read standalone
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Beyond Control is an intriguing romantic suspense novel with a hot former Marine turned cowboy and a single mother in distress. I liked that the author gave Josh and Tory time to find and fall for each other. Josh is sweet, strong and protective. He is also a guy so a little dense at times. Tory is smart and stronger than she gives herself credit for. I really enjoyed their story. Though this is part of a series it can be read standalone
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Beyond Control by Kat Martin is the 3rd book in her Texas Trilogy series. As normal with a Kat Martin book, this was an exciting intense story line that had a bit of everything; action, suspense, romance, great couple, and an evil villain. Victoria Langford (Tory) is on the run with her 4 year old daughter, trying to be one step ahead of her ex-fiancée, who is abusive, controlling and obsessed with her. Her ex will go to any length to find her and get her back to Phoenix. Tory has suffered badly, and in her last escape from him, she used a stun gun to enable her get away again. She ends up in Texas , and when she sees an ad for a ranch hand, Tory applies. Josh Cain, our hero, is a former marine who is rebuilding his ranch, and needs help. Josh has two disabled ranch hands who are also former marines, and when he meets Tory, he turns her down, telling her he wants a man for the job. Tory claims she is hard worker and begs him to give her three days to prove her worth. Josh will give in, knowing she would be gone in three days. Tory does prove her worth, especially since she manages to win over Satan, the horse no one can handle. There is something about the way Tory talks to Satan, whom she starts calling Star, and slowly the horse allows her to be closer. Josh gets a neighbor to help with Tory’s daughter, so that she can work more. Josh also senses that Tory is running away from someone. This will bring him closer to Tory and her cute daughter, who doesn’t trust men, as she has seen her mother beaten often. When Tory’s best friend is beaten and shot, she will tell Josh the truth about her violent ex, who will never stop looking for her. I will say that her ex was a nasty villain, and every time the chapter revolved around him, and the beatings he gave others, I found myself very tense, reading quickly to get past that chapter. He was very evil, and bad to the bone. When at the hospital, Josh will see the ex and threaten him to leave Tory alone. But the villain has no qualms of killing others, and both Tory and Josh will find themselves es in danger. When things start happening that threatens Tory, Josh, who is falling hard for Tory, will force himself into her life to help her, even if he is afraid of commitment. Their slow built romance will heat up, but Tory knows she loves Josh, but she fears that he will be in danger because of her ex. The action in this story is non-stop, and always in the forefront, with the romance being sweet and sexy, but not overtaking the story line. Tory and Josh were such a great couple; I loved them together, as well as the daughter and I hoped that they would find a way to stay together . It was nice to see Josh’s family again, and the friends his brother, Linc had to help him find a way to stop the ex, as well some great secondary characters. I do not want to give any spoilers, as there are a number of tense situations and twists. If you enjoy action, suspense, intense thriller and a sweet wonderful romance, then you need to read Beyond Control. Kat Martin has written another wonderful addition to this series, which kept me glued to the book, which I finished in one day. I suggest you read this series, but Beyond Control does read very well as a standalone.
nku More than 1 year ago
Beyond Control (Texas Trilogy #3) by Kat Martin..... Another great page turner by Kat Martin ..I was so lucky to be able to preview this book on #NetGalley.... Victoria Bradford (Tory) widowed mother of four year old Ivy...running from her abusive ex-finance Damon... She arrives at the ranch of Josh Cain a Marine sniper returned from Afghanistan .... He knows Tory is trouble but he gives her a job... As with all of Kat's books I felt like I was part of the story with all the feels laughter.. Tears..fear.. Danger.. There is more than one threat ... I have read all three books and recommend them all ..Be sure to get BEYOND REASON and BEYOND DANGER too...
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Busy but good this story had a Tory Ford running with her young daughter from an abusive ex-fiancé and finding sanctuary and protection on Josh Cain’s ranch. Neither is in the right headspace to have a relationship but as time progresses they get to know and admire then care for one another. This book had much going on with the abusive ex, a potential serial murderer on the loose, arson, a terrorist or two to deal with, an motorcycle club element and then of course the romance along oh and a secondary romance, too. That said, it was handled well and I cared about the characters and hoped they would get their happily ever after. I truly enjoyed this book and the first in the series and wonder just how I missed the first one. I am looking forward to reading more by this author in the near future. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – this is my honest review.