From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice comes an "uplifting story of two broken souls" (Corinne Michaels) in this "exquisite, beautifully written romance" (Samantha Young).
A broken woman . . .
Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.
A man in need of help . . .
Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there's an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.
Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .
Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.
In this gimmicky romance, bestseller Sheridan (Archer's Voice) unites two individuals who have experienced so much tragedy that their combined anguish may exhaust the reader. Ellie lost her beloved mother at an early age and was foisted on a father who had never known she existed and preferred it that way. Escaping at 18 from his insufficient protection, she is now a beautiful but wary young woman known as Crystal. While working as a stripper (Sheridan emphasizes that she had no choice but to pursue this career path), she has developed the necessary shell to survive. Then preternaturally handsome Gabriel appears in the strip club and makes an unusual request: he wants to hire Crystal to help him tolerate being touched so he can have a relationship with a woman. Gabriel's backstory is as horrific as hers: he was kidnapped as a child, locked in a basement, and tortured for years until he managed to kill his assailant to escape. Somehow, he has achieved a fairly normal adult life. Crystal is initially unwilling to participate in his experiment, afraid of being made to experience feelings herself, but circumstances force her to rely on Gabriel, and they fall in love quickly. Gabriel is brave and wants to move forward with his life; Crystal struggles with doubt and does not believe she deserves anything good. This novel often reads like a sappy, overwrought TV movie, but some readers who like seeing lost souls find each other and emerge stronger may enjoy it.
I rarely read romance titles but when I do; I’m looking for something inspirational and a good pick me up- this fit the bill: super dramatic and mushy af, but held my attention and I devoured this book in a couple days. A book about rising up just as much as it is about romance, and you will root for main characters even if they are a lil over the top. I say read it.
Reminded me of Redeeming Love, yet different. Loved this.
I hoped this book would be as good as Archer’s Voice, but nope. It started off incredibly slow, and over halfway into the book it got marginally good. Their “love” for each other just seemed to happen with almost no real interactions. Before they kissed or had any intimacy, Gabriel was claiming “she’s mine” and head over heels in love. I was seriously like, “huh”? How? When did these feelings develop?!
It seemed very unrealistic and I found myself rolling my eyes several times throughout the book. Definitely not a favorite.