Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend. She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place.
Now, you should know by now I am a very major fan of Tijan's books. I was sooo excited when I found out about this book, because it takes us out of the high school/college years and into adulthood. Now let's get to the review...
Emma, has lost everything, and by mistake of breaking normal routine, she goes home and makes one of the toughest decisions of her life. I didn't know reading this would be so graphic. I felt her grief and angst of what she had done to protect her friend, and ruin the life she had known since her brother's murder. I was scared for her because you don't just get away with things like that when you play in the world of mobs and crime. All of a sudden Emma finds herself going to the one person she hasn't been able to face, the one man who at a time meant the world to her and her brother.
Carter Reed, sigh**, he's a bad ass. You do NOT under any circumstances fuck with him. People know him, girls want him, and he has things that have been in the works and kept secret for longer than you can imagine. He was mysterious, even though he's the notorious man, you don't learn what Carter doesn't want you to. I really enjoyed his POVs those little glimpses into why he's protecting Emma and from what. I loved how he was with her even though I was constantly left thinking "oh shit please come back". The man is like every wet mob fantasy rolled into one.
Carter and Emma start a relationship and things are so deep for both of them before they even realize it. i enjoyed the action, Emma coming into her own and realizing she made the best choice she could have made for herself. I wish there was more because this is a book you want to see into the future with.
Abso-FUCKING-lutely 5 STARS!!!!
"It was you that time before," I gasped as Carter's lips brushed against my neck. He lingered on my pulse. His tongue swept against it as I tried to turn around to him. I needed to feel him against me, between my legs, but his arms tightened around me. He moved behind me and pressed into me.
He murmured against my skin, "It was me."
I clasped a hand over his on the other side of my neck and held it there, claiming him, as I turned in his arms. His hand slid across the front of me and I saw him. His eyes were dark with lust and need. I knew he saw the same in me, but I didn't care any longer. I needed him, but I remembered that night. My roommate left and I'd been alone until I felt someone behind me. The liquor in me hadn't been enough to turn off all my inhibitions, but they had helped. My skin sizzled as I thought of that night again, how it had been him behind me.
He whispered against my skin as he lowered his head, "I was in the security room. I saw you on the cameras and couldn't help myself." His arms slid around to my back. He pressed a hand to my hip and anchored me against him.
I gasped as he pressed his hips into me, but then he lifted and carried me to the corner.
It was the same as that night.
He held me suspended in the air, so I wound my legs around his waist. I felt him even more against me and then his hands slid under the edge of my dress, to the inside of my thighs. He felt the string of my thong, in the apex between my legs, and started to rub against it.
Desire and pleasure rushed through me. I was feverish for him. I held on, urging him to do more. My hips began to move in rhythm with his hand and it wasn't long before he swept my dress up and his hand was against my skin.
"Carter," I whispered, my back and throat arched for him.
He placed a kiss there, licking.
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Tijan started writing later in life, after she had already graduated college with a different direction in mind and a different degree under her belt. Hitting the brakes on that path, she taught herself how to write a good book and began posting at sites such as Fictionpress, along with Wattpad. After receiving such encouraging messages from readers, she self-published Fallen Crest High and has continued throughout the year. She continues to keep writing NA books!