Three weeks ago, James Maxwell’s wife died in a car accident, but he hasn’t been able to tell his five-year old daughter the heartbreaking truth behind her mother's death. Instead, he packs them up and leaves for a summer resort in upstate New York to spend a few peaceful weeks and to gradually break the news. But a spirited and outspoken maid at the resort has figured out his secret.
After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of her stepfather, Madison Smith has turned aimless and bitter toward the world—men, in particular. Her dead-end job at the local resort and her convenient girlfriend are barely keep Madison from falling apart. When she meets James, however, she’s driven to protect his child from the darkness she sees inside him.
A forbidden kiss…
But Madison doesn’t expect to find that very darkness irresistible. Drowning in guilt and memories, James doesn't expect to be drawn to the sharp-witted woman who has made his life miserable. When their tempers flare, a brutal kiss triggers a need that blurs the lines of hate and desire. As their lust spins out of control, they must decide if their attraction is worth fighting for or if love is the real enemy.
A great debut!!!
Well in this debut your not going to get hearts and flowers. The author comes out with her gloves on fighting for her place as an author.......
If you are looking for something sweet and sexy this book is not for you. This book was emotional, gut wrenching, dark, at times hard to read. The rawness in James and Madison was brutal and it bleeds from the pages.
The beginning was a little chaotic. Like the author had so much to say but didn't know how to say it or needed a little confidence. As the story unfolded I think her confidence grew as did the story. You have your expected mistakes with a authors debut. But come on do you not make mistakes when you start something new? That's what I thought!!!
The anticipation was brutal. Knowing something was about to happen but not sure what. And then when it does it's like WTH did I just read and oh NO she didn't.
It was crazy to see the growth from the author in the same book. Normally it happens in the next couple that follow. I can't wait to see what Saffron Kent brings us next and I can't wait to see her grow as an author.
(SPOLIERS + potential triggers)
I’ve read all of Saffron’s books and they’re all amazing... expect this one. I really only have one issue: cutting. I understand that people actually cut themselves as a sort of coping mechanism, BUT you’re still hurting yourself and it’s not healthy. It really upset me that Madison never had an issue with cutting until James, and she only asked him to cut her to feel closer to him. So then the cutting became something that connected them, and obviously, something sexual for them too.
After James leaves, Madison continues with the cutting. He leaves for TWO YEARS gets professional help, and stops cutting himself, but she doesn’t.
This book left a bad taste in my mouth, like Saffron was romanticizing self-harm. Hurting yourself isn’t a personality trait—it’s not a good thing. It’s not something you need to be ashamed of, but it does mean you need help. The fact that Madison didn’t get the help she deserved was a crime. Lastly, James and Madison shouldn’t have ended up together, at least not when James could relapse because of her and when she still hasn’t had professional help.
Love love love!
I absolutely loved this book. It’s funny, I actually read two of her other books before reading this, her debut book. I adore her way of writing, and I often feel all the emotions when reading her books. That doesn’t happen often. I suggest you read this book ASAP!