Worn Me Down (Playing With Fire, #3)

Worn Me Down (Playing With Fire, #3)

by Tara Sivec, T.E. Sivec

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Worn Me Down (Playing With Fire, #3) by Tara Sivec, T.E. Sivec

Austin Conrad has never taken his personal life seriously. As a Navy SEAL, he spends all of his time in dangerous, life-threatening situations. The only way to leave behind the horrors he's seen throughout his career, is to turn it all off when he gets home. He's too much of a playboy to settle down; even if he did find a woman he could stand to be around for more than one night, he would never taint her life with the demons of his past.

When his best friend and SEAL team member, Brady Marshall asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister, Gwen, Austin figures it will be a walk in the park. The only thing Austin likes more than flirting his way under a beautiful woman's skin, is walking away with a smile on his face. Austin never expects that the single mom and her little girl will be the ones getting under his skin.

Gwen Stratford knows all too well about living in a nightmare. After taking her daughter and fleeing from her abusive husband in the middle of the night several months ago, she's worked hard to get her life back on track and forget about the man who tried to break her. Growing up under the iron thumb of her parents and then moving right on with a man who ruled their marriage with his fists, Gwen is finally able to breathe and live her life the way she wants.

When scary, mysterious things begin to happen to Gwen and her daughter, she realizes you can never outrun your past; it always has a way of catching up with you. As she struggles with the desire to keep her newfound independence, she knows she won't be able to protect herself and her child alone. She'll need to lean on the one man who drives her crazy.

Can Gwen really put her trust in a man who thinks life is one big joke, or will he be just another man in her life who tries to wear her down?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148129011
Publisher: Tara Sivec
Publication date: 01/20/2014
Series: Playing With Fire , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 307,742
File size: 414 KB

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Worn Me Down (Playing With Fire #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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good read!! keeps you interested
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Tara Sivec. Her books have never let me down. This book was sometimes a little difficult to read because of the subject matter. I cried my eyes out every time the main character had a flashback of how abusive her husband was. But it was written so beautifully that your heart broke for her at the same time that you cheered for her strength. The "love" portion of the story was also hot, sexy, and beautiful too. I would highly recommend this book. It can be read as a stand alone eventhough it's part of a series.
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars  ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Gwen Stratford has had enough of men, after putting up with her husbands abuse for ten years she doesn’t need another name coming in telling her what to do. Especially when that man is her brother’s best friend and fellow SEAL team member Austin Conrad, who seems to possess the ability to drive her mad and imagining him naked all at once. However, she has her daughter Emma to worry about and no matter what the feelings fun lovin’ playboy Austin inspires in her, she will always come first. But, she may need Austin’s help when strange things start to happen and it looks like her ex-husband is stalking her, determined to have them back. I had great fun reading this book, romantic suspense books don’t often have me laughing, but I should have expected nothing less when it has been written by Tara Sivec. The mixture of sexy romance, laughter and the cute kiddie factor made this a book I flew through. Austin and Gwen had great chemistry and from the start you could see the sparks flying off them, both from anger and their – at first- reluctant attraction towards one another. Austin is normally the love ‘em and leave ‘em type, more interested in his career as a SEAL than having a family and it was fun to watch him realise that he loved both of “his girls”. And reading him playing Barbies with Emma, Gwen’s daughter, was adorable, how could you not fall in love with that? Gwen was a strong female character and it was heartbreaking to see some of the things she had been through. I just wish this book was longer, the suspense part of this romantic suspense wasn’t really that much of a presence in this book, although you know something bad is going to happen, I just didn’t really feel tense or any sense of impending doom. But it did make a good excuse for Gwen and Austin to live in close proximity, forcing a new level of intimacy on them as they live with him in a bid to keep Gwen and Emma safe. I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely going to read the books I have missed in the Playing With Fire series, as although they can be read alone, I can’t wait to see what happened with the other couples mentioned in this book. So pick Worn Me Down up if you are after a quick, funny and romantic read, it certainly won’t disappoint. * ARC provided by Author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm prior Navy, married to a lifer who was in for 26 yrs. The love story was sweet but every reference to the military irritated me. Austin's maybe promotion to LT because Cole took a leave of absence - are you kidding me?! A quick google search would have explained promotions of the military and how leave works (milpers manual). One does not simply turn down orders - one goes where the Navy tells you to go and one has very little choice in the matter. I'm sorry I can handle a few minor details being wrong about military but there were soooooo many things wrong I couldn't ignore or just overlook.