This book reached right into my soul and swirled all around it, squeezing it tight, too tight sometimes, before wisping away, leaving a lingering feeling of longing when it was done. Luke and Taylor will do that to you too. So sexy, so hot, and with such depth of feeling, vulnerabilities, and pain. It is all right there, they see each other, really know each other on such a primal level, and provide to the other what is needed. The heat between them, it consumes them, and even they are shocked by how bright it burns Never have I read two people who were the right fit, right away, on so many levels. What they thought they wanted or knew, gone, because this was what they needed all those years. What was missing, the person, the feelings, the sense of longing fulfilled, and the emptiness gone. Luke and Taylor, they stole my heart, invaded my thoughts, and filled my feelings. They were perfection!
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This book gave me the worst book hang over ever! I am totally wild about this series (The Horus Group) and was happy to see Taylor finally get her story. Taylor is the black sheep of the three, she's living in California on her own, off the radar and works as a counselor for women who have been victims of sexual assault/ Domestic Abuse. She loves her job, the place where she too was once a client, helped her get her life back on track. Taylor's backstory unfolds throughout the book and isn't pretty. Detective Luke Vasquez is ready for his vacation, sleep, dance, drink, repeat. When he's called into the Captains office and handed a case file that's been passed to her by the Secret Service, she feels he's the right man for this job. But why he wonders and knows its a case that is bogus. Her father was arrested again although she doesn't know that, she's had no contact with her parents in over a year and nor does she want it. Distance is what she wanted and what she got. As Luke waits for her outside her job, she tries to avoid him, doesn't know him and assumes he is a reporter. All this time she's been off the radar and no one knows who she is and yet someone has found her. Desperately trying to open her car key fob in hand and escape this strange man, it's not working and the car blows up. Luke's quick job and vacation plans have just escalated into something more, his job is to keep Taylor safe. Luke lobs question after question at Taylor and I loved watching her give it back to him in spades. This girl is full of sass! Meow kitty! She talks him into traveling back to DC where she ditches him to seek out her brother in law Cole, the head of the Horus group. Cole is, well, he's Cole and married to the oldest sister. She may have dodged Luke but not for long and he does find her, he meets Cole and relays the current situation. Realizing they get no answers in DC they head back to California. Luke decides it's not safe for Taylor to return home, the safe house the Feds have set up already has a note tacked to the door from whoever is trying to silence her so he takes her to his home. Trusting only his only people, he makes a decision for them both. He finds himself liking Taylor which is huge considering the start these two got off on! Watching these two spar was a highlight of the book, as was the intense chemistry. Ainsley can write some panty scorchers, this book was no exception. Watching Taylor open up to Luke was spectacular, her story is gut wrenching. The suspense was so well written and several times I mumbled, "didn't see that coming." This book was like having a front row seat into their lives and I felt a little voyeuristic, the writing is stellar as always. I loved the plot, the two main characters and the flow was perfection. It was great to see our old friends from the Horus Group again and Taylor's sisters. Add the two epilogues, and you have one hell of a book. I did not put this one down and kept me up until the wee hours of the night. It's an absolute must read.