by Aria Cole
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on September 21, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops, Erotic
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Cage West has spent his entire life waiting for that one special woman to turn his world upside down. As a detective with the local PD, he fills his hours investigating criminals with little time left for much else. When a tip comes into the office about a possible kidnapping at a suspiciously familiar address, Cage is prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue the girl, but when he lays eyes on sweet, innocent Tessa, a firestorm knocks him off his feet. She needs him, and he damn sure wants her–for now, for life, forever.
Nineteen-year-old Tessa Talbot hasn't seen the outside world in two years. Her stepfather keeps her under his thumb after the tragic death of her mother, convinced she'll only succumb to all the sins the world has to offer. He's kept her wildly untouched, and after years of sheltered homeschooling, she's doubtful her life will ever look any different. That is until one tall, dark, and devilishly handsome detective knocks on her door.
Scared to let him in, even more afraid to turn him away, Tessa makes the decision of her life and decides to trust the man she's only just met and leave the only world she's ever known behind. She's just praying the past won't return to haunt her, he's just praying he can save her when it does.
Warning: Cage is a rough and growly alpha male with a fierce loyalty for the woman he loves. This story is a wild, twisty ride coated in sugary, Aria Cole sweetness with a sinfully delicious dollop of sexy times drizzled on top. Snuggle in and get swept away with Cage while he's taking Tessa!
Tessa is a prisoner in her own home in a small Idaho town. Raised by her stepfather, Tom, since the death of her mother, Tessa’s not allowed to leave the house or even go outside. Tom is a religious fanatic who’s convinced that Tessa will be ruined by the evil and sin of the real world.
When Tessa sneaks outside one evening to breathe in fresh air for the first time in ages, Tom is furious and drags her back into the house. Thankfully, a neighbor overhears the commotion and calls the police.
Cage is a local cop who takes the call when it comes in. Luckily, Tom has just left, so when Cage knocks on the door, Tessa answers. Cage quickly understands that Tessa is terrified and in danger. He takes her away from the prison she’s called home for so many years.
The insta-love between Tessa and Cage is super strong. Not even a week has passed before they’re declaring their love for each other. I found this hard to believe, especially since Tessa has been so sheltered all of her life. Also, sex between her and Cage is immediately amazing, despite the fact that she’s a virgin and has zero previous sexual experience.
Having said that, I still liked the book because the hero really is the best part. Cage is protective, sweet, and sexy. He’s not overly possessive or a jerk–he just wants to protect the person he loves, at any cost.
I’d recommend this book for fans of Alexa Riley for the aforementioned reasons. I’d also recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced (if not entirely believable) romance that focuses on the sweet relationship between the hero and heroine.
Rating: 3 stars