Raelyn Jennings has survived the unthinkable. She’s been given a second chance to live, to breathe, to feel. Her ability to overcome such a traumatic hurdle has created armor around her heart. But beyond her shield is fear, a consuming deep one, of the unknown. Raelyn vows to herself that she’ll solely focus on the one constant in her life, her career as the CEO for a prestigious accounting firm.
Damien Heathman’s unrelenting determination has made him a powerful, respected man. He’s sexy and confident and utterly breathtaking. His dominance and strength is evident in every purposeful stride, every meaningful look, and every soft caress.
Raelyn has worked with Damien’s company, Heathman Enterprises, for many years, but they’ve never crossed paths—until now.
Damien’s presence fills a room. He steals Raelyn’s breath and sparks her broken heart back to life. Once Damien sets eyes on Raelyn, there is no turning back. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Not even the dark secrets hidden behind his tattoos will stand in his way.
The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is palpable.
Can Damien convince Raelyn that he is worth the risk? Or will Raelyn allow her past to control her future, feeling the chance of another heartache is too great to bear?
I'm a frequent reader of Alicia Rae and she's a pro and pulling out all the FEELS! And that's what will happen to you by the end of the book, you'll be left in a big putty mess of emotions. And I'm hoping so hard that there is a HEA for the both of them, yes, another book is on it's way. But thank goodness we won't have to wait too long, you're the best, Alicia!
Poor Raelyn, my heart broke for that girl, straight from the beginning. After being told that you have months to live and losing the person (A-hole ex-fiance, Nick) you thought you'd spend the rest of your life; she beat the odds, she's alive, she survived. She has another chance at life and she's put a lock on her heart, never wanting to relive that emotional pain she endured with her ex.
Damien, a man with a past and secrets. He's quite the alpha male, but thankfully it's not overbearing, I don't know maybe a lot of readers like it when they're overbearing. Whatever he's witholding from Raelyn, it's dark and painful. And I'm not sure if I'll be emotionally prepared to learn what secrets he has to share. I don't think my poor heart can take him. I love Damien especially the way he constantly takes care of her. They're definitely each other's rock and they just need each other.
The chemistry between Raelyn and Damien is off the charts; it's instant and I'm sure anyone can tell how much they want each other just by being in the same room as them. With their chemistry, they both have to plenty to share with each other. And Raelyn's dark enemy may have returned after so many months of being free from it. By the end, you'll witness the crossfire of some of the truth coming to light. They're at the road of no return, with their feelings for each other growing so quickly, you'll wonder what hurdles they'll have to leap over to get their HEA. And there's even the question of, if they'll have that HEA.
There's just so much of everything in this book; passion, love, and even pain. Like most books with cliffhangers, I'm usually in a frustrated state. And I'd say it's a first time to say that it wasn't the case for me with this one, I'm eager to know the truth about Damien, but I'm so flippin' nervous about Raelyn. I love them together and Damien is a true man for her, sticking be her no matter how upset they can get with each other. His love for her is strong and nothing will get in the way of it.
Alicia, you better give them a HEA, pleaseeee!
Tattooed Emotions is a 2015 fave!
Damien lightly laid me on the bed, removed my towel, and tucked me beneath the sheets. “Do you need anything? Water, saltines, anything?” Concern filled his features once again.
“No.” I smiled. “I’m fine. Just tired.”
He nodded his acknowledgment, and then he walked to the bathroom door while pulling his soaking wet shirt from his back. He tossed it on the chair, every muscle flexing with his movements.
I might have been tired, but that didn’t stop me from being stunned into silence as my body flamed to life at the sight of his bare torso. My greedy eyes traveled from one end of his shoulder to the other, drinking in the beauty of his ink.
Without glancing at me, he sauntered over to his dresser to pull out a dark-colored shirt.
“Don’t,” I whispered, feeling my heart stop beating in my chest.
It destroyed me a little every time he concealed this part of himself from me. I knew something awful had happened to Damien and that he didn’t want to talk about it, but him hiding it from me hurt beyond any other physical pain I’d ever experienced.
His arms paused midair, and he gazed over his shoulder. From his side profile, I saw the instant his body tensed, and his jaw clenched.
“Please…” I swallowed thickly and dug for courage. “You want me to stay. And I want to lie with you…with nothing between us.” I realized I was being unfair, but I was that desperate.
A visible tremor shook through him. It felt as though an eternity had passed before he spoke, “Don’t touch them.”
My heart swelled within its confined space. He was going to trust me.
“I won’t,” I breathed in relief. “I promise.”
“Don’t ever break a promise to me, Raelyn.” He slowly lowered his arms and pivoted to face me. “So, don’t make one if you can’t keep it.”
“I keep my promises,” I vowed with the utmost sincerity.
“As do I. Always.” His voice was reverent.
Meet the Author
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
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