Dylan Blackard is on the road to recovery. He has endured his stint at the treatment facility for his depression and bipolar disorder and is trying to use his new found coping mechanisms to aid him in his daily life. Dylan is not the same man that he was in Fearsome. He isn’t the social, talkative, outgoing, womanizer that he was. He lives a quiet life that revolves around work and exercising like a madman. He realizes that his struggles will be lifelong, but he is doing everything in his power to maintain his stability.
It is impossible not to like Dylan. I loved his character in the first book and this book just made me love him that much more. He is a troubled man who has had his share of issues while growing up. He didn’t always make the best choices and he used women and alcohol to calm and numb his senses. Why did I like him so much then? Well, to put it simply, he just seemed genuine and real. He didn’t sugar coat his problems, he didn’t want people walking on eggshells around him and pitying him. He was doing his damnedest to better himself and stick to a regiment that would help him live the best life possible. How could you not admire that!
Dylan’s life gets an upheaval when his brother hires a new employee. Emma Keller is everything that the “old Dylan” would have been all over in a heartbeat. She is smart, beautiful, and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Dylan doesn’t come across as the friendly and helpful co-worker…au contraire, he is grumpy and unpleasant towards her.
Emma is less than pleased to be sharing an office space with this muscle-bound (albeit gorgeous) curmudgeon. Emma just wants to be independent. She is finally out of the family business and away from the seedy lifestyle that came along with it. She is ready to find some peace and happiness in the small town of Hera, New York.
Dylan and Emma have an obvious attraction to one another. This proves to be a real test to Dylan’s new lifestyle of celibacy. When someone from Emma’s past shows up unexpectedly, Dylan takes it upon himself to help her in any way that he can. This takes their relationship to a whole new level. Being around Emma has breathed new life into Dylan’s otherwise stagnant world – he feels happier and more alive than he has in a long time. With that being said, their relationship is anything but easy. Dylan and Emma have to face the demons from their pasts to see if they can both finally find the freedom that they both desire.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and kept my interest throughout. This book does deal with mental illness and other serious issues, but I found that it was written with sensitivity and sincerity. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all serious, I did laugh out loud on several occasions! I am looking forward to reading more by S.A. Wolfe…maybe a book about Imogene and Cooper?