From New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams comes a powerhouse romantic suspense that will have you questioning your morals and second guessing your view on love.
I live in a world few know exist. I’ve trained for this. I know what to say, what to do, and how to act. I’ve perfected the lethal calm required for this life.
Now it’s time to buy my first girl. But all it takes is one look at the brave girl who starts singing mid-auction for that calm to slip.
Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don’t care. I’ll take every day with her until that death comes, and I’ll welcome it when it does.
On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear.
But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he’s finally found the only person who can make it all go away.
We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.
Briar can’t believe what has happened to her, her perfect life has been ripped away from her. She herself has been taken against her will and sold to a dark and dangerous man. Lucas was never meant to buy Briar and he has no business having the feelings he has for her. But is all as it seems? Is Lucas just a dark and evil man or is there more behind this exterior and is Briar’s feelings for Lucas turning from hate, lust to something more?
“We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.”
This was a dark, gritty, dirty and sometimes disturbing book- there is no way around that. The subject matter is not for the faint hearted but if you are a fan of dark reads like I am then you will love this book! Yes it’s dark but it is also much more and everything really isn’t at it seems especially when it comes to Lucas.
“But I’d been happy with our life and excited for the days to come. Until they didn’t. Until I was forced into a world I’d been blind to and came face to face with the devil. A man cloaked in darkness—a man who would set me free. A man hidden in a world I vowed to destroy with him by my side.”
Briar and Lucas were both captivating characters. I truly believed Briar was beyond brave despite knowing she was truly terrified sometimes. She didn’t let her fear completely take over and she always remained a bit defiant which was amazing in her circumstances. Lucas is one complicated character. You hate him in the beginning because of what he has done but even from the beginning you know deep down he isn’t all evil, that he isn’t actually wanting to do what he is doing.
“I had given my heart to a man who had no intention of giving his to me. As much as I wanted to believe that he could, I wasn’t sure he was capable of such things. Because he is darkness. He is the devil … … and I love him. Devastating.”
I definitely had very mixed emotions when it came to Lucas and their relationship in general. But that’s one of the things I loved about this story, the range of emotions this story stirred in me. The rage, sadness, desperation, heat, passion, confusion….I literally felt everything! There were so many shocking moments, things I didn’t see coming. It kept me gripped from start to finish and right up until the end I didn’t know where we were going to end up.