Quinn I'd say I'm down on my luck, but that's an understatement. I'm flat on my ass. Homeless, hungry, and in hiding with my little sister at the age of 21, I've never been so desperate. I've hit rock bottom when I get an offer I can't refuse. Sell my body to save my sister? There's nothing I won't do to keep her safe. I make the rules, and I'm not afraid to defend myself if this rich guy crosses the line. But once I see beneath his cold, calculating façade, the lines aren't so clear anymore. Andrew She's an intoxicating mix of tough and vulnerable I've never known before. This homeless woman who fits right into my upper-class world is running from someone powerful, and I'll do whatever it takes to protect her. But Quinn isn't meant to be controlled, so I'm forced to choose between owning her and loving her. I've finally met my match, and I'll do whatever it takes to make her truly mine.
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Wow.. this may have been my first Brenda Rothert book but it certainly won't be my last because she very quickly hooked me all the way in with her riveting story about twenty-one year old Quinn and her sixteen year old sister Bethy. They had fled their lives four years earlier and have been surviving on the streets, in the tunnels and in the hidden spaces of NYC ever since - trawling through dumpsters in search of morsels of food. And for two years they've had the support/friendship/guidance of Bear a thirty+ year old homeless man. Quinn is strong and she's determined to keep Bethy safe, protect her and provide for her sister no matter what.. but Bethy's getting sick. So, when a stranger offers Quinn $500 and will provide shelter and warmth for just one night, Quinn simply can't refuse.. even if it means temporarily splitting up with her sister and Bear.. even if it means selling her body.. and even if it means losing her virginity.
Successful businessman Andrew Wentworth has had his share of heartache and bad memories which has left him jaded with very high walls - so now he gets his assistant to find willing women all too ready to spend one hot night with the handsome sexy alpha twenty-eight year old in exchange for money. And, when Andrew is introduced to the beautiful blond his assistant has 'acquired' for the night, he thinks she's going to be just as greedy, just as flirtatious and just as manipulative as all his other hook-ups. But Andrew soon realizes that Quinn is NOTHING like the other women.. she is innocent, mysterious, strong-willed, caring, shy and totally uninterested in his money.. and him. Andrew instantly becomes charmed by Quinn's refreshing personality and makes her another proposition.. one that will eventually lead them on the path to their HEA. However, both of them are keeping secrets.. and bit by bit all is revealed as the plot, their secrets and their lives start to unfold and unravel.
What a wonderful dual POV slow-building love story this was between survivors of very different traumas who lowered their defences and gave up their secrets for love.. and fought their way to a better life. It picks up its pace towards the end as the focus changes from their budding building relationship - to the secrets that are keeping them apart and this injects twists, surprises and a bit of suspense too. There's dangerous drama and some angst along the way and, although they can't yet trust each other to share their secrets, these two loveable protective nurturing characters are very tender, compassionate, understanding and supportive of one another's feelings. Slowly Andrew shows Quinn how much he cares, what lengths he will go to to protect her and he teaches Quinn about passion and sexual desire too. Their journey brings them character growth, sexy times, testing times and happy times.. but, as Andrew and Quinn get closer and closer, Bethy Bear and the very real threat they ran away from, is never far from Quinn's thoughts. And, before their story can end, there will be tense times, twists and turbulence.
Worth a credit? Absolutely 100% yes.. a well-written meshing of two very different worlds, the emotional uniting of two very different characters and they are brought together by very different needs. However, at the end of their bitter-sweet struggles, what was left was a deep unwaivering soul-soul forever love. Ms Rothert's well-placed words formed wonderfully vivid and detailed scenes.. and the good, the bad, the shocking and the ugly were all brought to life by the talented team of narrators who each had a part in turning this awesome book into a 5* listen.
Protective Older Sister Sacrifices Herself and Finds Love
I could not stop listening to this book! While there was mystery, some angst and at first a questionable hero, Andrew, nothing was drawn out but the mystery a to why Quinn and her sister Betty were homeless and hiding. It was perfect. I don't want to cry and don't want to have the constant angst drawn out forever. This story had perfect levels with the mystery being the biggest question. Andrew lost his father in 9/11 and it was obvious that had an impact on him...exactly what again was revealed but a question through most of the book. He meets Quinn in the most unusual way, which makes you question what type of man he is...but that is quickly sorted out and you know he has a good heart and starts to take care and help Quinn right away. The narrators are great, Kristen alright had the perfect voice e and varies the female characters and does an excellent male voices. Lee Samuels has the perfect t deep alpha voice and does a good job with the females. They both added a great to the story...so easy and enjoyable to listen to...I will look for them in other audible books. I will be listening to this again and again...worth the cost! My first Brenda Rotherham book...hope there are more like this one