Author: Stacey Lynn
Published: July 12, 2016
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
Declan James lost his last ounce of trust the day his wife walked out the door, leaving him to save the restaurant they built together. Throwing himself into his work, Declan swears off women—or at least, women who expect him to stick around in the morning. But when he discovers a skittish beauty scrounging through the Fireside’s trash to feed her dog, Declan offers her a job and a place to rest her head. There’s just something about her that awakens his protective side. And soon, not even that mangy mutt can stop Declan from caring for her.
After one too many trips to the ER, Trina Wilson finally gathered the courage to leave her husband, taking only her car and hyperactive boxer. Unfortunately, life on the run proves harder than she anticipated—until Declan takes a leap of faith on her. But even as Trina starts to see beyond his gruff exterior, she can’t relax, even for a moment. Not with her husband still tracking her down. What Trina doesn’t know is that in Declan, she has a powerful ally—and, if she would only follow her heart, a devoted lover.
After reading the synopsis, I was surprised to find the book started the way it did. The emotions, the fear, everything was perfectly described. The writing in this book is well done and pulls the readers in. This book might be considered a trigger book if you have ever been in an abusive relationship. The book doesn’t go into details about the abuse, but Trina’s character is the perfect resemblance of a bettered wife.
While reading this book, my heart ached for Trina. Her character is amazingly strong but not in the sense I am used to reading. She is a woman who knows her worth but sacrifices herself because of what she feels is the right thing to do at the time. When all is said and done, she is hardly a shell of her former self.
From the very beginning when Declan meets Trina, he has this innate need to protect her. He doesn’t understand it but he also doesn’t fight it. He is a strong man who can easily be described as having an alpha male personality. Declan’s character isn’t perfect and because of his ex wife, he has a hard time trusting and accepting love.
What I found interesting was both characters just came out of a bad relationships. Yet, they both kind of jump right in with each other. Yes, Declan’s ex wife was out of the picture but Trina’s husband wasn’t. The rational part of me has a hard time believing a relationship developed under these circumstances could ever be sustained.
And although both Trina and Declan help each other heal and their characters grow, I couldn’t help but feel like I have read this plot a thousand times. Not necessarily the dynamics in this particular book, but the overall theme isn’t new. The plot was well written and flowed beautifully. And I enjoyed the story but wasn’t head over heels in love with it.