Author: Maya Banks
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 19, 2006
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
When she breaks free from the bondage of her past, he’ll be waiting.
Jake Turner committed the ultimate mistake of falling in love with his best friend’s wife. The distance he puts between them costs both him and Ellie Matthews dearly. Jake will never forgive himself for not seeing what a bastard his friend was. Now that Ellie is free from her nightmare, Jake waits, needing and wanting. He’ll be there when Ellie is ready to spread her wings.
A sex-fest with a side story of a battered woman and the man who’s wanted her forever.
I’m not a big fan of battered-woman storylines, except when that terrible experience makes her a better and worthy heroine (which seldom happen, by the way—they usually just use their fears to hid behind instead of going back to the living, and it’s the hero that has to literally drag them out of their hole, but is still afraid of their “fragile” state and she spends the majority of the story throwing tantrums and he feeling guilty).
Well, this also wasn’t one of those “you-go-girl-show’em-who’s-in-charge” storyline, because the best way for the heroine to “solve” her problems was to run away. But at least the hero didn’t spend the majority of this short story feeling guilty...just heart-broken. Which is just the best way for a battered woman to “grow and mature”. Hurt people like some of them hurt you.
Still, the sex was good. I missed an actual plot, though.