Breaking Him

Breaking Him

by Sherilee Gray
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Breaking Him by Sherilee Gray

Folks in town call him a monster—say he’s dangerous. But I know him simply as Elijah Hays, the quiet, gentle giant who works with the horses on my ranch. I can feel him watching me, that steady intense gaze making me crave things I don’t quite understand, burn in a way that frightens me. He’s always kept his distance…until that night.

I remember him coming to my rescue, me following him into the barn, giving him his first taste of a woman, and his inexperienced yet barely reined touch turning me to ash.

Now all I can think about is exposing the dark desire I see deep inside him—having him turn those dark desires on me. That low, gritty voice rasping orders in my ear. Those huge, rough hands holding me down when a storm blows in.

I want his surrender. His control. I want to break him…and have him break me…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633757356
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/05/2016
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 183
Sales rank: 67,409
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sherilee Gray writes sexy, edgy, contemporary romance. Stories full of heat and high emotion, following stubborn characters as they ght against the odds...and getting their happily ever after. She’s a Kiwi girl who lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When not writing or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far-off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadbury Rocky Road chocolate in the other.

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Breaking Him 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
carvanz 3 months ago
What a wonderfully sweet, charming book this was! And the feels! From the beginning to end you can just feel every word. I absolutely loved Abi and Eli. Eli is an outcast, a monster, and a recluse. Abi has lost her family and struggling to save her ranch. Eli was hired by her father before he died and she has been drawn to him from the first day he arrived. Their initial coming together was angsty and awkward, steamy and beautiful. Sounds crazy, right? It was perfect. There is a lot of sex in this book. I could even go so far as to say this is a sex book. But the incredible thing about it is that each time this couple make love their relationship is evolving, the story is moving and the plot is expanding. Quite a talent to do that! I loved this book and I’m so happy my Goodreads friends recommended it. Sorry it took so long to listen to you! Heroine POV Safe Possible Trigger (view spoiler)
Jess_at_From_Me_to_You More than 1 year ago
4 out of 5 stars! Elijah (Eli) is a hulking handsome man with a dark past, yet he is the one man that makes Abigail (Abi) feel safe no matter what. Therefore, even though it feels like Abigail's world is falling around her ears, when Abigail decides to show Elijah what true affection is and that it's worth it no matter what is going on becomes one of her top priorities. Yet what will happen when the town feels Elijah isn't right for her, will she allow everyone to separate them or will their relationship grow because of it? This intensely erotic romance instantly wraps you into Abigail and Elijah's world and their growing relationship. In addition, it was so SWEET how Elijah handled Abigail, he's definitely a gentle giant at least when it comes to her. I couldn't get enough, I got addicted to the intensity. I recommend this novel to those looking for a HOT, passionate erotic contemporary romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews -- read more of this review and a TEASER on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Fun story. How refreshing it was to read about a man with little experience. I'm so sick of the playboys women seem compelled to write about. The hero and heroine had terrific chemistry and the sex was hot. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but there was almost too much sex in this book. However, it was hot for sure.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"Breaking Him" by Sherilee Gray is an intense beautiful romance. This is Elijah Hays and Abigail Smith's story. Elijah Hays works with the horses on Abigail's ranch. The people from town say that Elijah is dangerous and a monster due to events that happened when he was a child. Abigail doesn't see him the way the people from town see him. She sees a man that is great to and with the horses. There is an intense chemistry between them. Abigail wants to know and experience everything with Elijah but he is shy and has never been with a woman. One night Elijah rescues Abigail and then things start to change between them. This is a beautiful love story. It's different from your typical type of love story. There is just something about this story that just grabs your heart. It's something that you just have to experience by reading it. FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Breaking Him by Sherilee Gray is a standalone romance told in single POV. It is a wicked hot romance that will have your panties melting and will set your book/ereader on fire. I'm not quite sure how it was done, but there was so much tantalizing sex and erotic intimate moments crammed into this book and it worked. It was completely a part of the really interesting and heart-string pulling story. Abi and Eli were amazing characters that just drew me in from the first page. Everything is well paced and well written. Steady with no major angst ridden moments and a happy ending that left me with the warm and fuzzies. This is my first book by this author - it WON'T be my last!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Abigail Smith can’t understand why the townspeople call Elijah Hays a monster behind his back. He’s good with horses, and Abigail has no reason to doubt that he is a fine man, even with the accusations that he murdered his father when he was a youngster. It’s also rumoured that Eli is a virgin. Eli has been working at the Smith cattle ranch for twelve months, he was a big help to Abigail’s father, who died six months ago. Unfortunately, the hot Montana summer is not helping, there’s a drought and Abigail could lose everything. Abigail doesn’t date much, and one evening she goes out with Kyle, who had asked her once before, and unfortunately he is still the jerk he had seemed to be the first time around. Kyle has too much to drink, and tries to get Abigail to have sex with him, however Eli was lurking nearby and rescues Abigail. Abigail has been in serious lust over Eli, and he should be thanked properly, shouldn’t he? And what happens next is not quite what you’re probably thinking… As soon as I read the blurb – a virgin hero! - I knew I had to read BREAKING HIM. However, it seems that Eli had done his homework as he seemed to know pretty much how to do everything. I didn’t quite get the impression that he was that much of a virgin. And unless I missed it, I don’t believe that neither Eli’s nor Abigail’s age was mentioned, which I found a bit confusing. While I understand that BREAKING HIM is an erotic long novella or short novel, it felt like a very thin story merely held the various sexy bits together. The sex scenes are pretty good, but I never felt invested in the romance; something was lacking, some sparkle was missing, it was rather dispassionate, maybe because of Eli’s stoicism apart from his sexual demands, and being reminded how wet Abigail was for Eli. The story was very nicely wrapped up though; the ending was quite lovely. I must also mention the impeccable editing. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Felt no real character development. Just sex and a side of a little story. Wish there would have been a sample option.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Breaking Him was a very entertaining & steamy read. I really enjoyed Breaking Him, it was one of those books you didn't want to put down. Abigail and Elijah/Eli were likable, endearing, entertaining, passionate, and at times a little frustrating. And did I mention how hot these two were? The chemistry between was smoking! Seriously this book was HOT! I loved watching Abigail and Eli connect and open up to each other. After Eli's tragic past he was able to find comfort, love and peace in Abigail's arms and heart. If you're looking for a well written, entertaining, heartfelt and steamy read you'll love Breaking Him. Sherilee Gray is a talented author who writes heartwarming, entertaining romances with characters that will touch your heart. I highly recommend you pick up one of her books soon, you will not be disappointed you did.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This story between Elijah and Abigail was beyond steamy. It was sensual from the beginning and escalated from there. Maybe have a significant other close when reading this one. I loved the magnetic pull the had towards each other even before they got together. And when Eli finally opened up, their bond was so much stronger. This was a bit of an intense read, but was very strongly written with two main characters fiercely protective of each other. I adored the ending and epilogue. What she did for him was simply beautiful! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Elijah is an odd combination of innocence and dominance that I thought would be hard to pull off, but I'm impressed by the way the author made it believable. His past has made people afraid of him, and he has never had a sexual or romantic relationship. I loved seeing his transformation as Abigail's trust allows his true dominant personality to emerge. Abigail has fantasized about Elijah for a while, but when he rescues her after a date gets a bit too pushy, she finally gives in and does something about it. It was great that she was more experienced than him and helped coax him into taking the initiative with her after the first few times. These two have some amazing chemistry and they put it to good use for most of the story. Being part of Entangled Scorch line, it is heavy on the sex, so you've been warned. Having said that, there was enough non-sexual story line as well as character growth that I didn't feel that the only thing between Eli & Abi was sex. If you're looking for a short, panty wetting read, I highly recommend it! 5 stars for the steamy scenes 4 stars for the overall story I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
Sherilee Gray took me on an unexpected steamy ride! This book is sizzling with a capital "S"! In an unlikely, but great story turn, our hero is the untouched virgin. The author makes this completely believable once you find out his story. Eli Hays has been the dark outcast in a small town. Abi has been worshiping him from afar for quite sometime. When they no longer want to keep their dance at a distance, they combust! Great story of "not everything is as it seems". Quick, hot and fun story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book-great author & story-hot!!
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
I requested this book because I saw so many great reviews on NetGalley, and I must say that I was not disappointed at all. I read Sherilee Gray's Axle Alley Viper's series and loved so I figured I was going to love this one too. This was a shorter read at about 142 pages, but I didn't feel as if it felt rushed at all. Elijah has a dark past which causes the people in their small town to fear him and keep their distance, but Abigail sees a different side of him. She sees the caring and hardworking side....and it also helps that she can't keep her eyes off of him. Elijah is quiet and keeps to himself but he has always wanted Abigail. I thought both of the characters were really likable and never seemed over the top. I have to say that it was intriguing that Elijah was a virgin at the beginning of this book. That was definitely a nice change from the norm. The chemistry between the two of them was SIZZLING and contained slight BDSM qualities. If I had to make any complaint, I would say that there was maybe a little too much sex going on in this one ( I know, coming from me that's crazy!!). They were constantly on top of each other and it starts pretty fast! I would have liked to see more "sweet moment" type of scenes, if that makes any sense. That being said, I really did enjoy this one a lot. I loved Elijah and just wanted to give him a hug. lol! ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Breaking Him By: Sherilee Grey 5 Star review by Kristie K. Abigail Smith has lost a lot in her life. Her mother left when Abi was a young girl, and her father passed away just 6 months ago...leaving Abi to run the family ranch on her own. Determined not to lose the ranch, Abi relies on her ranch hand Elijah Hays to help her make it through the drought. Eli hasn't had an easy life. Rumor has it that he was badly abused as a child, and the cause of his fathers death. His quiet, standoffish way keeps the townsfolk at a distance…but doesn’t stop their tongues from wagging. Despite the popular belief that he is a dangerous monster, Eli has a way with horses, and is able to break and train a wild horse as well, or better, than Abi’s father. After months of watching him work, his gentle touch, whispered words, and strong hands have Abi wishing he was using those techniques on her, instead of the horses. One fateful night, a chance encounter after a nearly disastrous date, sets off a chain of events that sends both Abigail and Eli careening toward an inevitable conclusion…and the fireworks that ensue just might burn down the barn. Breaking Him is not a terribly long book, more like a novella at 142 pages, but I read the entire thing in one day. I read between doctors appointments, school runs, and Cinderella chores. I didn’t want to put it down. The storyline was achingly realistic, believable, and flowed well from one scene to the next. One thing I find about many shorter stories is the sense of being rushed, like the author wants to fit a full 300 page novel into half that many pages. Those stories lose something in translation, and it makes them hard to finish. Breaking Him was NOT one of those stories. At no point did I feel rushed in the story, and the complexities of both characters and their situations came out in a way that felt natural and timely. I loved the slow burn that ensued between Abi and Eli, a slow seduction of the senses, a truly torturous lesson in the art of love and pleasure. The situations and feelings that they had to deal with are real, and would happen in any real world town in rural America. Ms. Grey wrote the story in such a way that I could feel every emotion the characters were feeling…the hurt, the loss, the sadness, the judgment, the passion, the embarrassment, the shame. I wanted to wrap Eli up and save him, and envied Abi for being able to do just that. His quiet strength, barely reigned dominance, and absolute adoration for Abi is the epitome of swoon-worthy. Abi was gorgeous, sweet, loving, and kind. I adored her strength, her drive, and her tenacity to keep going…to keep the ranch running. In the end, they fought for each other, and in the end…I think they both win. Ms. Grey has produced a thoroughbred for sure, and I guarantee I will be checking out the rest of her “livestock”. Kristie K.
tracier More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous book!! I found myself engrossed in Breaking Him from the very beginning and fell in love with the strength and emotions of the characters and their stories. Praise to Sherilee Gray for a wonderfully written book I look forward to making her a permanent addition to my reading list Book generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
Off the Charts HOT I can’t believe I’m writing this but… if you decide to read this book anyplace other than at home, be sure to carry spare underwear with you because Holy Mother of God! Breaking Him is effing hot!! I can’t even. There are no words to express the epic hotness level of this story. Abigail has been left in charge of her family ranch after her father’s passing. Her right-hand man Elijah is a quiet, hard-working mountain of a man, and she has always been attracted to him in spite of what is said about him around town. She can clearly see how gentle he is with the animals and how polite and caring he is towards her. “Elijah Hays was a man of few words, but his actions somehow did his talking for him.” With a somewhat disturbing past, Elijah has always been shunned by the small town population and he’s more comfortable working with the horses and around the ranch than with people. He is content with watching Abigail from a safe distance and protecting her from afar now that she is on her own. Soon, though, things will start to change, as their chemistry is undeniable. Their feelings for each other begin to grow as they can’t fight their attraction and they’ll explore each other’s darkest desires. I don’t want to go into more detail as it might ruin some of the finest points of the story, but just let me tell you that “hot damn!” was a recurring thought while reading this. Now, I was a little disappointed that the whole story is from Abigail’s point of view, I would have loved, loved, loved to be in Elijah’s head even for a tiny bit, but alas! You can’t always get what you want… Though I can’t really complain here. The one real issue I had was with Abigail’s attitude towards the town’s people. How she reacted to their actions really bugged me and I wanted to slap her upside the head on more than one occasion. Breaking Him was a super hot, sexy read with a lovely romance and extremely likable characters. Just remember, read this at home… and your bed partner will be more than grateful :) *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Holy hotness, this book was smoking, from cover to cover. This story is about Abigail who is running her late father's ranch with the help of Elijah. Elijah is a large quiet man, who keeps to himself and has been an outcast since he was a child for allegedly killing his father; he and his mother both, enduring years of abuse. Abigail's father who has a soft spot for Eli hires him to help on the ranch, he's a natural with the horses. Eli keeps to himself, isn't socialized and that makes him fodder for the small town gossip mill, even after all these years. After her fathers death, Eli stays on and helps her. They go to town together to pick up feed and other supplies normal for running a ranch. They are also in the midst of a severe drought, she is behind on the mortgage and that has it's own set of problems. The story focuses on Abigail and Eli and the initial physical contact they make and the evolution of their relationship and the escalation of his kink which she comes too love oh so much. Eli has never been with a woman, Abi is his first and she approaches him. Her physical attraction to him is overwhelming and these two shoot off sparks like the 4th of July. Eli is also very protective of Abi. He comes to her aid more than once. What an amazing story this was, from learning the backstory of Eli's life and Abigail's profound feelings for this man. And for her, going after what she wants, and that is Eli. She wants him body and soul. That's exactly what she gets, she senses somewhere beneath the surface he needs to release his pain and it is her desire to do that. And damn, don't her wishes come true!! This book is an absolute must read. It will press every button you have and some you weren't aware of. The plot and the backstory are solid. Sherilee writes a great book, this one is the best. Must read... **arc from NetGalley and Entangled** in exchange for an honest review
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Abigail and Elijah heat things up in this scorching erotic romance by Sherilee Gray! Abigail runs the family ranch on her own now, still getting loans from the bank to keep things afloat. Her saving grace is her ranch hand Elijah, a quiet solitary man with a tragic past. Because of an abusive family situation, Elijah took matters into his own hands and he's been shunned by the community ever since. The exception was Abigail's father who took a chance on him. Elijah's never had a girlfriend and he's a virgin, but Abigail has seen the way he looks at her. She's decided to see just how much interest there really is. The result is a romance with multiple sexy scenes as Abigail and Elijah connect, first on a physical level and then on an emotional one. Elijah is an alpha male to the core, protective and possessive, but Abigail makes it clear that she can take care of herself too (though she doesn't mind Elijah's help). The story is a fairly intense read, though not overly angsty despite Elijah's past. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I look forward to more from this author! 4 stars.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Him' by Sherilee Gray is the story of Elijah and Abigail. Abigail is fighting to keep the ranch going and Elijah has been helping her for about a year as he started working with her father. But now there is just her and she if finding it hard to fight an attraction she is feeling for Elijah. Elijah is a man of few words...and he is big and strong. The town has distance themselves from him claiming that he killed his father when he was young. When Elijah comes to Abigail defense when a boyfriend tries to be forceful it takes a turn in their working relationship. Abigail starts to make the move on Elijah but will his past come between them? This was a really hot read with Elijah being a hot alpha male once he let himself go with Abigail. I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
LuckyDevilReviews More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, I feel like I need to go take an ice cold shower after reading Breaking Him. I have never seen so much erotic content packed into one little novel *fans self*. The story revolves around Abigail, a young woman who is running her father's ranch after his death and just barely meeting ends meet. There was a lot of sexual tension apparent right away between her and Elijah, the man who stayed on the ranch and helped break and take care of the horses. It was hard to get to know him at first, because he barely said any words; the only thing known was that the town was scared of him because of something he did as a young boy. Abigail knew the story and the rumors that people whispered, but that didn't stop her from wanting to know Eli better...a lot better. The sex scenes, I kid you not, are almost cover to cover non-stop. They were all very well done and got progressively hotter as Abigail helped Elijah become more confident and in control, both in and out of bed. It makes it a little hard to write a review about, however, because it seemed like at least 3/4 of this book involved sex. The story of the ranch being in financial trouble was very much secondary, and not a lot of time wasn't spent on this; a little more time was given to showing how the people of the town treated Elijah poorly. Even Abigail's friends saw him as dangerous and made sure to offer up their opinions every chance they got. Overall though, the story was really about Abigail introducing Elijah to sex and exploring what they both needed and wanted in the bedroom. I guess I was caught a little of guard because I don't read much erotica. I absolutely love sex scenes, but prefer them to be a little less frequent; the wait always makes it a little better. My expectation for this book was that there was going to be a lot of delicious build-up to when Abigail and Elijah finally acted on their mutual attraction; the synopsis makes it obvious that something is going to happen early on, but it escalated quickly from there. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, it just wasn't what I was expecting. If you're in the mood for an incredibly erotic romance, then you will definitely love Breaking Him. *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Underneath the earthiness of Breaking Him lies a sincere and sacred bond between two beautiful people. The darkness that is brought in from the stares and judgements of the outside world adds to the poignancy of Abigail and Elijah's chance to stay hopeful in the face of adverse circumstances. Sometimes less is more and Ms. Gray delivered a story that I adored. Plain and simple.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed every book that I have read by Sherilee Gray and this one is no exception. This is a great short story that will leave you fanning yourself and longing for more of Eli and Abi! So very well written and the characters capture you from the very beginning! The story flows very well. Abigail is a young lady that lost her mom at an early age and is now having to deal with her father passing away 6 month previously. Abi and her dad ran a farm that was doing pretty well. Her father hired Elijah to help around the farm with stuff and he has always been a good helper. Abi has taken notice to Eli here lately and has had some interaction with him, but nothing has transpired as of yet. When a drought takes away most of the crops and profit from the farm, Abi has a hard time making the payments to the bank. Eli is right there with her trying to help her keep things going on the farm. Eli has a past that has always haunted him. The town that they live in has never let him forget that they see him as a monster that got away with a horrific crime, but most of them only go off what they heard and not why the even took place. Eli has become very withdrawn because of how people treat him, but Abi sees him so much differently than anyone else. She sees his heart and his soul. Abi quickly finds out that there is so much more to Eli than even she had a first thought. Abi learns that Eli has never been with a woman and is quick to take on the task of teaching him how to treat a woman and how to be with a woman. As things progress for Abi and Eli, their feelings for each other do as well. When the town's people try and start rumors again about Eli and remind hi of his past again, will Abi be able to overlook all the rumors and talk that is going on around them? Even though Eli has never been with a woman, he definitely has the alpha dominate male genes going on and the way that these two take care of each other is heart melting. There are plenty of steamy scenes that will leave you fanning yourself and needing to take a break to cool down, but they are all enjoyable and keep your attention til the end. Thanks to the publisher and Netgally for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which in turn does not influence my opinion at all. I am so glad that I got the chance to read this book and I can't wait to see what Sherilee Gray has in store for us readers next!
SaucyMinx1966 More than 1 year ago
Elijah Hays is misunderstood in the town of Deep River, everyone judges him by his past. But, Abigail sees something more, she sees the gentle soul underneath his large imposing frame and quiet demeanor. Eli was hired by her father to help work the family ranch, and after her father passes away, Abi lets Eli stay because he is a good worker and he has a gift for training horses. There is chemistry between the two simmering just under the surface, and after working together for over a year, it breaks free one day and it changes their lives forever. Will Eli and Abi be able to rise above the town's scorn and love each other? Or will they let it destroy them? Read and see! Wow, this is the most intensely sensual book I have ever read. I thought it was just going to be a hot read, but it's so much more. The scorching hot love scenes made me burn, but, what really got to me is how Abi and Eli connected on a soul deep level. The amount of patience and trust that Abi was able to give Eli is amazing. Oh, and the moment Eli realizes that he is worthy of Abi's love, breathtaking! This is a beautiful love story. Written and paced to perfection, I was entranced from the word go. This is the first book I have ever read by Sherilee Gray, but now I will be reading everything she has written. I'm so happy I was given and opportunity to read and review this incredible love story.
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
3,5 STARS Hmm, this book started off as a strong one. But you know what my problem was near the end? Too much sex. Yes, I can't believe I said it but I said it. At the beginning we get a near rape scene where Elijah or as Abigail likes to call him, Eli saves her from the towns jerk. Eli and her have been stealing glances at each other here and there, but after that event Abigail has enough and on thing leats to another and she starts to see Eli in a whole new light. The same with Eli, till this moment all he had were dreams and imaginations of how it could be between them but now there is a real chance of something more and neither of them wants to get in the way of that. But of course, nothing goes as planned, especially since Eli has a horrible past that the towns people won't ever let him forget. And with that, all spotlight is on them. All the gossip, all the mistrust and all the insecurity just might tear them apart, even before they actually started. But as if that's not bad enough, Abigail's farm has some financial problems due the drough and the rain just won't come. So you could say these two have their plates full. I have to say that I really enjoyed these two characters. They have personality and while I wished for Eli's POV, I get that that would take away the mistery that's Elijah Hays. Both do some stupid things but they also learn from them and that's what counts the most at the end, right? I really liked how protective both were of each other and that they didn't hide their feelings. They made the best that they could out of a bad situation and somehow it worked for them. Now, unfortunatelly there were also some thing that bothered me. Like, the towns people. They knew what was going on with Eli when he was small and after he did what he did, they still judged him for no right reason. I was so mad reading about that. And the other reason why I couldn't enjoy the book fully is that near the end almost all pages were just sex. I get that the author wanted to evolve their relationship but there has to also be something that holds the plot together and lets the story breathe. I felt like all the sex scenes were unnecessary and some of them could be easily be left out. All in all, this is not a bad book and while it's not perfect it's still an enjoyable quick read. So, go for it!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Dang, that was good. I admit, I am a total sucker for the silent, intense men. The fact that the whole town thought Elijah was dangerous peaked my interest. Give me an H that barely talks and I need to know more. Of course, I don't want the man to truly be dangerous, at least not to woman. The fact that Elijah was actually a very good man underneath just made this story so much sweeter. The author started this story off with me already needing to fan myself. Sherilee Gray sure knows how to write sexual attraction without over doing it. It was pretty intense at times. When you learn why Elijah is the way he is, it just breaks your heart and I wanted to hug him and then I wanted to blast that whole village of idiots. I love it when an author can make a short story feel like I just got done reading a full length novel. That takes talent. I will definitely be reading more from this author. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.