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Running from bad memories and bad press Lucas has found the right job in Payson - it's a small town where nobody will recognize him or put any pressure on him. You see years before there was a family massacre, a lone survivor, a media frenzy, a trial and a young boy was sent to a mental institution. Lucas was that sweet, timid and innocent boy.. but he's still being hounded for sensational stories so now he's happy working construction, living alone and rarely speaking to anyone. Just his job, the mountains, his carvings and the lodge he's been living in while renovating it for his boss - he keeps himself to himself and never socializes with others.. but when he sees the beautiful, sassy and friendly Shyann he's intrigued.
Shyann left Payson five years previously to study and make it big as a newscaster but things didn't quite turn out that way and she's come home to lick her wounds, regroup and start again. She tries to get a job but her father, who owns a construction company, is her best bet - even if she hates the thought of grovelling back to daddy. Then she sees a handsome, awkward, shy and polite construction worker and her reporter senses mix with her feminine ones and Lucas becomes an interesting, mysterious and sexy diversion. But that diversion soon becomes much much more as she witnesses firsthand the change between Lucas and his dark alpha counterpart Gage and suddenly her life may be in danger, there are deep dark heartbreaking secrets to be uncovered and the love of her life is split.
Jeez this story really pulls at your heart strings as you listen to the harrowing childhood abuse (not sexual), heartache and degregation that Lewis suffered at the hands of someone who was meant to unconditionally love him and it's no wonder he created Gage to step in and take over when things got too much for his little body and mind to take. There are no laughs to be had here but it makes up for it with a lot of touching emotional scenes and there's also angst, sex, suspense, drama, a serial killer loose, various douche bags and a beautiful love story. Likeable characters and I'm pleased that JB Salsbury didn't go down the road of trying to fix Lucas but instead only sought for understanding and acceptance for him from those around him and from those who loved him. Shyann won the trust and heart of a possessive sexually clued in alpha as well as a timid shy loving virgin - both wrapped up in one handsome sexy package.. the luck lucky woman. Multiple POV's and great narration.
Worth a credit? JB Salsbury has written an unforgettable, unpredictable, thrilling, thought-provoking, tragic yet beautiful, emotion filled story of despair, survival, acceptance, devotion and love. I loved every second of it and, WOW yes it was very creditworthy.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
Well..... I didn't know what this book was about before I started and I have to say it wasn't what I thought it was about. This was a crazy emotional screwed up story with a happy ending! I loved all the characters for completely different reasons. I can't say anything else without giving anything away so I'll just say WOW and the narrator was great!
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
I wish there were more books like this.
The main male character was fascinating. I loved that he had more than one personality; an innocent, slightlt shy, damaged man who had a darker side that he had no control over , and no memory of whatever was done when that part took over. When the darker side came, the protector, I never knew what to expect. It was exciting and made me want to know more about both Lucas and Gage.
As for the female lead; she was strong, determined and caring. I liked that she wasn't a typical pushover.
Both characters (three including Gage) had felt loss and ran from their pasts. But they have no choice but to face it when they realise it's the thing standing in the way of their happiness. Gage doesn't make it easy for Lucas and Shy to grow close . He's sometimes cruel with his words to Shy, even agressive, but Shy faces him head-on even though he scares her.
All in all, this book was a great, entertaining read.
Both narrators were good and made the story more enjoyable with their emtions.
A recommended read, for sure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great story, fantastic that the author broached a personality disorder. Cleverly written and well narrated.
The voice difference between Luke and Gage was so subtle yet distinct you knew exactly when Gage appeared. Fantastic story, this is the only one of JB Salsbury books I have listened to so far and I am excited to hear more.