Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend. She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place.
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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
“You don’t trust anyone, no one except Carter. Go to Carter. He’ll take care of everything. He’ll take care of you, Ems. I promise.”
Emma had no idea what she was getting herself into that day she returned home early. She wasn’t expecting to see her roommate being raped. She sure didn’t think she would wind up killing a man or fleeing the apartment she knows, the life she knows, to avoid being killed herself. Her deceased brother’s words come to her and she knows she was to go to Carter Reed.
“Shit. He was perfect. And he was a killer.”
“I have been protecting you since you were a child, Emma. I’m not going to stop now.”
Carter effing Reed. My god. Mobster hitman or not, I want one in my life. He’s sexy and dangerous. He’s fiercely protective. He’s loyal and sweet, underneath that killer exterior. He was Emma’s brother’s best friend growing up. But their connection goes far deeper than that. It’s because of Emma, and his need to protect her, that Carter is who he is today. I pegged Emma as strong from the beginning of the book – you know, when she shot and killed the man raping her best friend. That’s not the reaction everyone would have. I really, really liked Emma. I love strong female leads. As protective as Carter was of her, she was just as protective of him and her friends.
“I wanted his touch, but I feared his touch at the same time. A storm exploded inside of me from the dueling needs.”
“You’re mine, Emma. You always have been.”
Emma and Carter had strong chemistry. It’s apparent nearly from the start that their feelings for the other go deeper than lust, however. He’s cared about her, looked out for her – unbeknownst to her – for years. She was always attracted to him – how could you NOT be? They ignite when they’re together. There were some seriously hot scenes in this book. ::fans self::
“You did all of that for me?”
“I would declare war for you.”
This book is filled with damaged, complex characters. Everyone is keeping secrets. The characters in this book are unlike any in books I’ve read in the past. Each is unique and motivated by something. While we’re only ever in Emma’s POV, I feel like we learn so very much about each of the supporting characters – the good, the bad and the ugly. I was left wanting more of these characters, this world, this story. Not because there was a cliffhanger, but just because I connected with them so deeply.
“He was all I needed and I was all he needed. This entire experience had changed me, hardened me. I had killed two men. And as Carter continued to thrust inside of me, I knew I would do it again if anyone tried to take him away from me.”
Carter Reed is just as dark and intense as I expected a book about mafia families to be. It’s gritty. Dirty. But that’s what I love about it. It’s what I love about Tijan’s writing in general. She’s not afraid to go there. For all the death and dark times in this book, there are just as many sweet and sexy moments. There were tons of twists and turns – some decidedly more unexpected than others. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. These characters and this story aren’t something I’ll forget anytime soon… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.