What would you do when there are no good choices?
The moment a bunch of men with guns kicked in the doors of her house, Avery Morgan knew her estranged father's gambling addiction had finally caught up to her family in the worst way. On the brink of doing something unspeakable to save her little sister from being taken, she is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Darrien Stathos, a business mogul whose true persona is rumored to be the lord of the criminal underworld known as Kairos. Darrien announces that he is also there to collect on a contract with Avery's father-for Avery.
As she struggles to find some normalcy within her life while living with an alleged crime lord and dealing with the constant harassment of two FBI agents, several disturbing observations about Darrien's eyes and the frightening, inexplicable ways he stops a couple of would-be assassins make Avery rethink her initial dismissal of some of the more outlandish gossip that questioned his humanity.
Avery thought she wanted answers, but the truth of Darrien's identity will not only shatter the foundation of her understanding of reality but also reveal a disturbing and dangerous truth about herself.
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**I won this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. In no way has this influenced my rating or opinion of this book. Thank you to Goodreads and to C.G. Garcia for this opportunity!** I would like to say that if no one grabs this book and makes a movie out of it I will be sorely disappointed! I would love to see this on film. It was imaginative, exciting, fresh and new. It was so unusual that I was always sad when the time came that I had to put the book down for real life stuff. How refreshing to have a sci-fi/fantasy type novel that does not revolve around the typical vampires and werewolves story line. This author has one heck of an imagination and I truly look forward to the next book in the series! I felt the character development was wonderful and I felt a real connection to each of the characters. (even the bodyguards) Congratulations to C.G. Garcia for such a wonderful debut novel!! My only note for the author is that she used the term "older man" 24 times in the book and it became very repetitive. From page 20-27 the term "older man" is used on each page. I understand that the heroine in the book was 18 and the guy was 29....but I did not feel that the age gap warranted a constant reminder of the age difference. I did not see it as Taboo as the author seemed to want to portray. That is my only knit pick of the entire book.
I would definitely recommend this book for sci-fi/magic fans wanting to read something different. I received it in exchange for an honest review and give it a 3,5 - 4 stars. It was not what I expected but I really did enjoy the read. I tried to guess what Kairos was. Vampire? Demon? Other being? The truth of his origin was far more complex and elaborate than what I could have guessed. Where in God's name do some authors find their inspiration and ideas? I can say C.G Garcia has a vivid imagination! What I liked (among other things) is the distinction between the feelings (or lack of) experienced by Kairos on one hand and Avery on the other hand. Avery is a very brave girl when defending her loved ones. She is selfless, self sacrifying and so, so scared. She is terrified of Kairos at first, having heard all the gossips about him being the Lord of the crime world. Then she fears for her family and friend's safety when her life is swarming with enemies. She often feels powerless. Avery does not know where she stands with Kairos. She comes to rely on him, seeking his protection but it's not instant or blossoming love for her "captor/knight" as you find in other books. It's only a good way in the book before she realises more clearly what her feelings for Kairos are. I usually enjoy a good ol'romance but this was a nice change too. Something other. Something new to me. Kairos is also a very interesting character. Not weak but not Ubber Alpha either. He is very protective of Avery, she is his "treasure" and he does not intend to let her leave. He is sometimes commending but also encouraging her to have her own friends, go out with them and enjoy herself. He wants her to be happy even if she was forced into the relationship. He is an old soul but at the same time a real kid briming with enthousiasm while rediscovering pleasures (of all kind) with Avery. He was probably lonely and is happy to share the beauty of life with her. You'll also find twists and turns throughout the book. The only "criticism" if I can even call it so is the complexity of this universe's explanations. I had some difficulties here and there to grasp all the intricacies. And even if it's not an unhappy ending, it's not your classic HEA either. Once again, an alternative path the author deliberately chose. A truly imaginative and unconventional read.