Shannon Doolan is the youngest in a family of five, the only girl with four over protective older brothers. When Shannon ran home from university six years earlier nursing psychological scars – the physical ones having healed – she fought hard to overcome her fears arising from an assault by her then boyfriend Clay O’Neill.
Finally given a chance to get out from under routine paperwork at her brother Aiden’s Company Doolan Security; Shannon jumps at the chance to work a stalker case with her ex-soldier brother Pat. That is until she discovers that Clay O’Neill and Clayton Fahey, the guy she has to work with, are one and the same. Except he isn’t the same. Clayton Fahey is very different, though, within a short time of working in close proximity, Shannon begins to realize her hearts response to him hasn’t changed one little bit.
For the last six years, Clayton Fahey has worked hard to atone for that one nightmare night when his world turned upside down and he became the person he despised most, his abusive alcoholic father. In a frustrated drunken rage he had terrified and abused his sweet innocent girlfriend, leaving her bruised and petrified as he lurched into an uncertain future.
Six years on, Clayton has been medically discharged from the Marine Corps. He remains guilt filled and committed to making amends for his past behavior. Clayton is currently working as Event Coordinator for his friend and mentor, renowned self-help guru Ethan King. When a persistent stalker prompts Ethan’s security chief Pat Doolan to bring a psychological profiler on board, Clayton has no idea that it is his ex, Shannon. Unable to forgive himself for that one night of terror, he knows Shannon will never let him near her…until she is endangered; can Shannon let her guard down around Clayton enough to trust him with her life? And will Clayton ever believe himself worthy of forgiveness and a second chance at love?
Spoiler Alert! For anyone who hasn’t yet read Lying Straight, I write about Josie, Zander and Jonnie in this book and as it is set in a period of time just after Lying Straight ( but before its epilogue!), it does go into the relationships of the three main characters and some of the storyline found in that book.
That said, Zander and co don’t feature heavily here, they just decided to butt in when they knew that this book would also be set in Boston.
This is aimed at 18+ as there is bad language, sex and violence; several gorgeous brooding men, feisty females and one flatulent British Bulldog.