Released: December 8, 2013
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: MyLit Publishing
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: He needs her to save a friend.
She needs him to plan her revenge.
Their pasts scar them Layers Deep.
Their passion distracts them...
...and distractions can be fatal.
Tristan Cross is battling emotional demons from the past. He lives in a world where trust is earned, loyalties are tested, and love is impossible. That is, until he meets Allie Green. She’s the only woman who can help him find a kidnapped friend and to top it off, she captivates him. All he has to do now is persuade her to work for Cross Enterprises, his top investigations firm.
Allie Green is a rookie cop seeking revenge and she’s willing to sell her soul to get it. With an opportunity to use Tristan Cross's resources Allie calculates her time for payback. As vengeance boils her blood she can’t keep her mind off her new boss and Allie finds it difficult to keep her employment professional. With the mouth watering Tristan Cross distracting her, she struggles to prioritize an undercover job she’s been assigned and her hunger for revenge.
Note: This book is the first part of a Trilogy that is designed to be read in order. Tristan and Allie will get their happy ending but not until book 2 and 3. This book contains a cliff hanger ending you will not expect. A prequel to the series which can be read alone is Dazzled by Silver.
Warning: This title contains erotic situations, and graphic language. Intended for adult audience 18+.
This is the first book in a trilogy. It states it in the synopsis and I knew it, however, forgot such while reading. If you remember this you’ll understand to some degree why the book has a significant amount of detail for certain subplots and not others and doesn’t seem to draw to a conclusion towards the end.
Allie Green is a rookie cop and a bit of a loner. Her support system is small, just her mom and her roommate. She has a huge family secret/tragedy which has driven her focus to both become a police officer and contradictorily seek vengeance for the event. This plan has been evolving and converging for over a dozen years. You learn of the event early in reading and it’s truly a heinous act which makes it easy to empathize with Allie and even to want her to be successful with her revenge.
For as much a Type A personality as Allie is, Tristan Cross is even more so. Running a large family based security and investigation corporation, he always seems to be overly prepared for each situation, which is easy to do when large sums of money and resources are at his disposal. He sets his sights on Allie from the beginning wanting her skills and a unique qualification from her recent past to accomplish his current mission. He offers her everything she needs to entice her to become a part of his company and the subsequent operation.
Allie’s story of revenge wraps up very quickly in the book. Or does it? I have a feeling we’ll revisit that stratagem again in the future books. Initially I couldn’t understand her actions, everything surrounding this specific subplot appears to abruptly end. I think mostly the confusion came because of a blonde moment where I forgot this is a first of a trilogy.
In the midst of all the intrigue are some erotic scenes. With one particularly performance that stands out amongst any in the genre, your eyebrows will raised but you’ll be left all hot and bothered when he directs her to masturbate for him. It’s truly a panty dripping act.
Also in the first half of the book particular portions are overly described while other pieces appear to be glossed over. The second half of the story, on the other hand, is a quick page turner; moving precipitously through danger and emerging with a nice romance between the two. While I was not entirely a fan of all the details at the end, I understand why the author employed them. They all lead to a HUGE cliffhanger, one of the best I’ve read recently. Literally two words in the last paragraph turn everything on its axis and for most will leave you clamoring for the second book. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait too long since it will be out in the middle of January.
Rating: 4 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.