From the New York Times best-selling author of A Terrible Love comes a story of raw tragedy and dark romance.
Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They're so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.
Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.
Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can't save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.
Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn't want Jared "Mick" McKenna for the billions he's amassed, but for the one thing she's never given any man: her innocence.
Mick's guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren's actions don't match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can't reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.
As Faren's bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she's made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother's life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?
Faren collapses, narrowly escaping discovery upon hearing traumatic news delivered by Thorn. When Thorn becomes her uneasy accomplice in the deception of Mick, Faren decides she needs to come clean with the truth. Shelving her pride might be the last thing she wants to do, but as facts and actions continue to contradict one another, her hands become tied in the lies she creates to survive.
Faren only needs one last lap dance to erase the final debt that hangs over her mother's head like a cloud of doom. But when Ronnie Bunce circles closer to Faren and threatens the last sanctuary she possesses, circumstances unravel to reveal lies that run deeper than she knew.
Can Faren and Mick consummate their passion before her deceit is discovered? Or will the last dance be the ultimate loss?
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- Karin Gesell
Not for me
I have wanted to read – or in that case listen to – THE TOKEN for so long. It is about a woman who has had a streak of bad luck her whole life – she has to strip to somehow make some money and now she has even become to terms with a fatal diagnosis. Yet, she is holding it together pretty well, deciding on what she wants from the remainder of her life. Add to that a stalker and a virgin – all which promised to be a great dark read. But somehow the story was never able to really get and hold my attention. A few weeks have passed since I listened to the audio book and I honestly cannot remember much of the storyline at all. Even the cliffhanger did not leave a lasting impression on me. Whereas, yes, I should have written my review sooner, I imagine most of it can be ascribed to the narration. I am not one to easily tear apart something in my reviews, but in this case I have not one good word to say about the narrator. In fact, I found it close to awful. Everything was told overly excited and in such a quick pace – not leaving the slightest pauses between characters, which made it quite hard to follow in whose mind we currently were or who was speaking to whom. I hung on, did not give up on the books, although in hindsight it might have been better if I had switched to the ebooks instead, maybe I would have enjoyed this book, which clearly had potential, some more.
- Nina "Scaramouche"