I wear my scars like a scarlet letter, reminding myself that I'm not worth the trouble. I've spent 17 years pushing men away, never allowing myself to believe in the fairytale...then, he walked back in. Just like before, we explode when we're together. I hate him for what he did to me, but I can't stay away. Eighteen days filled with passion and promises. Nineteen letters filled with threats and foreboding. It only takes 20 minutes for the numbers to all add up. One thousand two hundred seconds until everything changes and there's no going back. This is my story, and it's going to leave a scar.
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Phina's bitchy attitude, cold heart and standoffish ways towards the confused, frustrated, jealous and besotted DJ was a bit annoying at the start because it caused so much conflict, fierce sassy banter and angst between them. But, as soon as I got passed the first few Chapters, I realized that it was just her way of coping with the life altering heartbreak that DJ had unknowingly put her through 15 years earlier. And it also confirmed to her that all the verbal insults of being told she's not good enough, declared a whore at the tender age of 5, of being worthless etc., etc., that her Father had repeatedly taunted and brainwashed her with throughout her childhood, were all true. When the reason behind her animosity, aggravation and hatred towards DJ was revealed I too wanted to kick him in the nuts. But, in his shaky defence, booze had obliterated his memories and it ended what should have been the start of a beautiful love story.... and instead, years later, it left an intense frustrating chemistry that was both combustible and explosive.
So now, 15 years later, they verbally spar and wound each other but it hides their true feelings for one another of rejection, lust, desire, passion.... and love. Then hate-filled cryptic notes randomly appear talking of sexual acts they had performed in private, revenge and the promise of violence yet to be inflicted on Phina. They were quickly followed up with very dangerous and serious attempts and the shocking news of her Father's release from Prison has Phina seriously scared. It pushed DJ over the top and he became her protector, her saviour and her lover..... but too many tequilas were to blame when DJ finally overheard the toxic secret of his long ago hurtful actions which led to Phina's pain, anger and heartache towards him as she relived memories that still haunted her today..... memories that now instantly came flooding back to DJ. He should have also picked up on the clues that Phina was secretly carrying on the shameful legacy that her Father had so cruelly inflicted on her young and tender skin years before.
An intense roller-coaster ride for your emotions, they argued, hated and loved each other fiercely all at the same time. It was passionate and steamy with occasional humor. There was danger, suspense, mystery, twists and deaths. Apart from the intense, swoon-worthy, sexy, Alpha Hero who's a Fireman/Paramedic and the Heroine with a tortured soul and a broken heart, there were a few other likeable secondary characters.... including Finnely and Collin from book 1 and the next book better be about Dax the charismatic, loveable, sexy, womanizing Cop. Alternate and overlapping POV's and the narration was really good. Part of a Trilogy but could easily be a stand alone listen.
Worth a credit? YES, a very enjoyable, well written, entertaining, action-packed story of forgiveness, growth, love and second chances during a time of danger, stress and uncertain tomorrows.