My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kia Clementine has lived the last seven years in hell. What started as the promise of a future with the man who swept her off his feet, ended up with years of abuse and the ultimate betrayal. Needing to step away from what turned out to be an ugly memory, Kia has flown overseas to gain new prospective and dream for a short time of what could be.
Finding herself seated next to a table with her one fantasy escape, former football player and army ranger Sampson Cooper. Every thought she had when she saw him in on television and in magazines are shatered in person, he is bigger than life.
Sam notices the beautiful woman instantly and figures it will play out the way it always does, she will fawn and throw herself at him or play coy until he makes a move. What Sam doesn’t expect is her earnest avoidance of his gaze and brutal honesty when they begin to talk. In that one moment he is hooked, but he sees the shadows in her eyes and wants to help her overcome every single one of them.
As easy as it is to fall into his arms and let everything be fixed, Kia finds that Sam has his own ghosts he needs to release and in order for them to have a future she has to have all of him.
Like many of Kristen Ashley’s books, the hero spends a lot of time in his head and shares minimal unless it is about the heroine. I liked Sam, but I was torqued as well as you see Kia freeing herself and he is causing her some angst with battling his own demons. Overall very good though.
**Reread, this is a bit slower than her other books and the dynamic is completely different. I did enjoy reading all of the other characters in the book.