Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 25th 2010
by Pocket Books
New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated.
THEN HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS. Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere’s shadow, heeding only his voice—until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret.
NOW THEY’RE BOTH IN OVER THEIR HEADS. Testing boundaries they weren’t meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are—and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one.
I think the first thing that drew me was the writing. It's beautiful, powerful and just a delight to read. You can see the action in your mind like you would on a movie screen, it's that vivid. And it's raw and moving enough that you can feel it all too--the conflicting emotions, the tension, drama, the pain and heartache. That's the kind of romance I love.
Max: I think I expected more of a traditional bad boy--cock sure and sweetly arrogant. What we get instead is a very vulnerable, good hearted man. It was hard to watch his trust broken and his world crumble down around his ears, and know that Max had no one in the world. He is truly alone, except for Cee Cee. He doesn't even own the clothes on his back. And his pain, which we witness several times throughout the course of the novel, really demonstrates his childlike nature, how fragile he is because he's placed all his trust in one man. The wrong man. As you read this, you just want what's best for Max and you want someone in the world to shield him from everyone that has used him. But as vulnerable as Max is, he comes into his own in the most incredible way. He somehow shields himself from the world--and although you always knew Max had that in him, watching him come into his kind of blows you away.
Cee Cee: What a complicated character! And I was so frustrated with her at first, but by the end I really loved her. She's sassy and strong and just the right kind of edgy for Max. She has a sweet, vulnerable side as well, but she never hesitates to kick ass, never hesitates to enforce the law--even at the expense of her own heart, Max. I felt like I should have been angry with her by that point in the novel, but I wasn't because I knew how much she loved Max and how much it was tearing her apart to be living with one foot in two worlds. And I had to admire that she kept protecting Max as far as she could each time he came to her, that she wanted to protect him and listened to her heart, and not her head.
Two great characters, a telling raw romance and a great start to the series. I can't wait to find out more about Max and his world, and to see how he and Cee Cee manage their personal and business affairs in the future. No matter how that plays out, I know it'll be a great read because Max is just that kind of character--the kind you just can never have enough of.
5 glittering stars