Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kristen Ashley--At Peace (The Burg #2)

Contemporary Adult Romance

Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.

Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.

Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.

Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

{5 stars}
At peace....perfect title for this book.

I have been working my way thru the Kristen Ashley library for some time, and I have to say they are all wonderful in their own individual ways. KA has a way with humor that I find the perfect balance to the romance and even the life threatening drama. At Peace was a more emotional read for me. I cried with them, laughed with them, and was happy with them when everything came together.

Vi and Joe have a lot of heartache and baggage in their lives, both have had tremendous losses and are just trying to make it thru life without any more. Luckily they wound up being next door neighbors. Joe is a hard as nails, stubborn alpha male who doesn't take no for an answer once he finally decides he wants something. Vi is strong, but emotional (in a good way) and just the balance Joe needs. Most of the book is really about them discovering each other and finding ways to fit their lives together. And both of them need to find peace in their lives. Usually I would get bored with the "normal", but I found this time, it was beautiful. Joe, Violet, Kate, and Keira are great characters. They draw you in, and you become attached and need to know they have their happy ending. For me, it was an emotional ride, but a great ride......loved it.

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