Once will definitely not be enough!
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Book Length (Est.): 354 Pages
What would you do if you met a man that made you burn like wildfire from the inside out? Burn so hot that with one touch you forgot to breathe?
And if you knew that he had dangerous secrets? Would you be able to walk away?
I couldn’t. As strong as I know I am, I kept going back for more of him. That body… those eyes…
I saw him for the first time on my very first day in Vegas, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio hotel and casino and reputed billionaire playboy. He sure as hell wasn’t what he seemed on the surface. That man had secrets. No one knew what a dark and dangerous world he lived in, and when I finally saw him for what he was, it was already far too late. I found myself inextricably tied to him forever. The course of my life altered. My entire world changed forever as he took away my freedom and gave me the key to my dreams in one fell swoop.
How could I have known that the one man who should have been my greatest nightmare would become the one thing I couldn’t live without? And all I had to do was forgive him…
I was only living for one thing, one goal, one endgame… until I saw Brielle. And when I touched her, it was all over for me… I just didn’t know it yet. Not until I broke all of my rules for her, one after another, and that still wasn’t enough. I wanted more.
I wanted it all. Yeah, what I did to her was pretty much unforgivable. I know that now. Some small part of me might have known it then, too, but it didn’t matter. I had to hold on to her. I would have done anything to keep her… and I did.
Now I’ve put her in danger, dragged her into my world, and I don’t know whether to push her away or hold her tighter. Letting her go would be the right thing to do… but every time I try to do the right thing… I can’t.
When I take her, it’s always hard and desperate, as if she’ll disappear if I can’t make her feel the same things I feel… if I can’t force her to care about me enough that she’ll look past everything else and see into my heart.
Last night, after she fell asleep, still wrapped in my arms, I rested my lips against the top of her head and inhaled the scent of her as she slept. Trusting me, even though she shouldn’t. “I don’t deserve you”, I whispered. “But I want you. God, I want you so badly.”
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Brielle has had a hell of a childhood and has major trust issues, and for good reason. Her father was murdered in Honduras by the drug cartel that he was tracking. The most important thing going on right now is moving to Vegas to finish her dissertation in anthropology. Helping people in her father’s name is her sole mission, until she meets the owner of the hotel….Cristos.
“Wow. That was some serious sex appeal if a man could make me shaky from all the way across a room. I fought the sudden urge to fan myself.”
Cristos Vicario has taken over the family business in his father’s death to make things right. All he really wants is freedom from the devastation that his family has created. Running a hotel in Vegas and a drug cartel can create major trust issues and many enemies. This is why he must live by his own rules.
“Well, I imagine the combination of good looks and tons of money I like crack for some girls.”
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. The title of this book could not be more accurate. This book is very deep, thrilling, emotional, and even heart breaking at times. We get a great deal of back story in this book which would normally drive me crazy as a reader but the way the author explains and brings it in to the present on why the characters are the way they are is very important and needed. The premise of this story is wonderful but is not taken lightly.
The instant chemistry between Cristos and Brielle is electric. Having no idea each other’s past will definitely throw stones in their way but overall sometimes love knows no boundaries. I love the strength that Brielle shows throughout the book. I really enjoyed the alternating POV’s. Overall, I was hooked once I finished the first chapter. This is one of those books where I had a problem stopping to eat and sleep. And to warn you, this book ends on a cliff hanger….
If you enjoy a steamy read with suspense then you definitely need to read this book. Once you are done you will be jumping at the chance to read the second installment In Deeper.
My Favorite Moment: I love how Brielle reacts to the chemistry she instantly feels from Cristos throughout the book.
“My heart wouldn’t slow down, and I was beginning to wonder if there was actually something physically wrong with me. Could you have a heart attack from being too attracted to someone? I needed to Google that later, just in case.”
My Favorite Emotional Moment: I always love when a man can lay it all on the line.
“You made me crave you every second of every day like a goddamned drug, and like a fucking junkie I broke my own rules, jeopardized my life to keep you. You don’t get to do all that and walk away. You don’t.”
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