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I cannot believe I have never read this author before. Nashoda Rose has a talent I don't see very often in romance novels these days - she creates heroes that are real, that are gripping and tortured, yet gentle and protective. She could easily have made this into an erotic novel. In fact, that's what I was expecting, frankly, given other books I have read that run with a similar theme. But she did something quite extraordinary. She created a story that was steamy in its passion and also deeply engaging in its portrayal of a love that surpasses all obstacles.
Killian Kane is dangerous. Everyone knows it, including Savannah Grady. After she gains his attention in school, he becomes her protector, trying to keep her safe in a world he knows is anything but. When tragedy strikes, Savvy is sent away, and Killian doesn't see her again for eleven years, until she comes to him asking for a favor. That favor leads to more than either could have dreamed possible, including a love neither believed could happen between them.
I liked that it wasn't all about the sex. I was worried that it would be, given the many mentions of Killian's kink, but the author really allowed me to experience his relationship with Savvy that went beyond the sex. We got to see the raw emotion and amazing love they had for each other, which was more powerful for me than any sex scene. Was it a clean romance? No way. But it slowly built into one of the best love stories I have read in a long time. This was pure genius. I feel like I should go buy a bunch of copies and then throw them at people on the street. This book represents the type of survival, renewal, and love that will resonate with everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from.
Absolutely floored by this book. Five beautiful stars.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**