Been there, done that – there wasn’t much that Eli Walker hadn’t experienced as a cop. Even working in one of the better precincts in New York City didn’t help dispel the depravity he saw on a daily basis. It was all part and parcel of his mantra of living life in the now, not worrying about the future.
And especially with women. No strings, no attachments, and he made that perfectly clear before he ever bedded them. Relationships were not on his agenda – not now, not anytime in the near future. Women flocked to him and he could take his pick; himself exiting the encounter with what he’d wanted and leaving them aching for more, left dreaming of his curly locks and bronze body.
A chance encounter pulling a mugger off of a woman changed his whole world. She was blonde and beautiful – Eli didn’t care about any of the interracial politics that would surround any serious relationship. He just knew he had to have Ainsley, like an alcoholic needs his next drink. This was all new territory for Eli and could he stay to the path, all the way to its end? Or would she be like all the others in his life …
If you are looking for a book with a protective alpha male who has minor anger issues, this would be it. Eli is former military gone police officer. High enough in rank now, he doesn't exactly have to get his hands dirty, but it really rankles him when a woman is being abused. That is how he meets Ainsley. Out on a call, they find her being beaten up by a guy in her father's deli. Eli gives the guy a small piece of his mind. When she shows up at the precinct to thank him, he can't keep his eyes off her. Although he's been a one night stand kind of man, Ainsley quickly changes his mind. Their relationship blossoms but Eli is haunted by the cases coming up at work and she's haunted by the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. While Eli is desperately trying to keep her safe, things happen anyway and Ainsley is seriously in danger. I really felt like it was a good story line but rushed in places. However, I did like the end because you don't see that vigilante justice you are expecting from an angry man with resources. It's a fitting end!
4 out of 5 stars!