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Phoenix (aka Nix) has been happily living and working as a Doctor in New Hope for a while now she's settled and has friends and gorgeous single Dad Max is one of those friends and he's about to come over to fix her garage door. But fixing Nix's door is actually the last thing on Max's mind because Nix is the first woman that's really interested him since his ex Fiancé dumped him and he intends to ask Nix out. Well, timing is everything because Nix has just had a shocking glimpse of someone she never wanted to see again and she's petrified her terrible past is about to come crashing in on her life which stirs up memories she'd rather forget. So, with a deep need to forget, along with a sizzling desire for Max, she finds herself on the garage floor with a stunned but happy Max after a frenzied f**k.
But insecurities and fear quickly sets in because Nix doesn't want to want him she's been through it all before and got a broken heart when her secrets came out so she tries to resist the magnetic pull and sexual attraction between them so brushes it off as a one time thing. Max on the other hand doesn't want to nor can he ignore the woman who's gotten under his skin and into his heart - and he's been trying, and failing, for three months now to get Nix to go on a date or anything with him. But however hot the sex was and chemistry is between them Nix is refusing him and, when he's about to finally accept that he's lost Nix, she suddenly needs a Knight in shining armour to fight for her, slay her demons and rescue a damsel very much in distress. And so, with tentative baby steps, Max becomes her protector, her safe harbor, her confidant and eventually her lover but just when they think the threat is over a shocking twist reveals the true monster lurking in the wings and he's holding all the cards.
A mystery romance as the multi-layered pieces of Nix's tragic past are dropped slowly into the storyline in flashback scenes to show the reasons for her vulnerability, hesitancy and withholding secrets in her present day which determine her life choices. Max was a wonderful Hero, he was supportive, understanding and caring as he tried to scale Nix's walls but Nix was initially a bit of a frustrating and weak Heroine by not letting Max in. However, this was a really enjoyable listen that had romance, sex and tenderness as well as murder, suspense, drama and intrigue emanating from a world she thought she'd escaped and where evil hands are reaching out once more to claim her.
This is book 1 in the Mended Hearts series and it could easily be a stand alone listen but it follows on from Max's story in the Here And Now series and it also has many characters in it from the New Hope series too. If you've listen to them then you already know Max's heartbreaking story and if you haven't then it's not a necessity to listen to them first but I think you'd get a real feel of just what heartache Max and his little daughter have already been through. Dual POV's and good narration.
Worth a credit? Yes Lexi Ryan never disappoints.
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