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Patrick Knight is a single, retired National Guardsman who now works as a private investigator. He is a closer - a deal maker. He looks clients in the eye and tells them that he'll get it done. And he does. Patrick doesn't do "nice". At least, not anymore. After his fiancée cheats on him, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner, Derek Alexander, sends him to the desert to get his head straight and to clean up the mess. While there, Patrick meets Elaine Merritt, and blistering sparks fly. But she's not looking for any guy nor a long-distance relationship. Patrick, though, is ready to do anything to keep her, and just when it seems that he's changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back. Contains mature themes.

©2014 Tia Louise (P)2014 Tantor

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"Great fun book with all the right ingredients: hot man, independent woman, intrigue, fun, and hot sex!" (Aleatha Romig, author of the Consequences series)

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  • Yvette
  • 12-11-2014

PATRICK....HOT & DREAMY HERO!

When I read the first book in this series, I don't think I understood the author's writing style very well. However, this second book established a bit of a pattern for me, in that, it seems as though Tia Louise wants her readers to become intimately involved with the leads and witness their personal growth and strength firsthand. This book is not only about the hot and steamy love story between Patrick and Elaine, but it's about Patrick's journey to finally get to Elaine. Wow! It was so nice to be in Patrick's head for this book, as it is written from his POV. He is such a nice, wildly attractive guy who was almost haphazardly looking for love.

From casual hook-ups to finding the love of his life in Elaine, there is a lot of ground to cover on this journey. We also get Melissa and Derek as some of their story from book one, parallels Patrick's romance with Elaine.

I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated how well the hero and heroine got along. Patrick and Elaine were crazy in love and found all sorts of ways to express that love. I liked how the majority of the conflict in their relationship came from outside sources, as opposed to conflict within the relationship. It was enjoyable and full of unexpected outcomes, chiefly in the epilogue. OMG, that was the most unconventional epilogue ever! LOL! This book doesn't really end.....it seems to flow right into the next. I'm excited to continue with this sweet and sexy series.

Narrators: Christian Fox has a gorgeous voice, and Lucy Rivers performed well too. Overall, a very good audiobook.

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  • Terri
  • 10-08-2015

Loved this Series

well worth reading over and over! love the characters too. need more of them all!

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  • Dayanara RQ
  • 13-05-2020

Good read!

This book was entertaining but at the same time in occasion I wanted to kill the main character Patrick for been a total man whore , I know that he got his reasons but come on Patrick enough...until Elaine oh and that is when everything change 😍! Love the love story and the way real love can transformer a man whore!!

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  • carvanz
  • 09-08-2019

Great audio, wonderful story!

Audiobook: Narrators – Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers
I really enjoyed this performance. The male narrator brought an extra edge to the hero that would have been missing if this book were read and I love when that happens. The female narrator has very little part in this book, but what she had was spot on and exactly as I expected this heroine to act and sound.

I was looking forward to Patrick and Elaine’s story. I loved that from the moment he met her she was pretty much all he thought about. Unfortunately, a long distance relationship is not what Elaine wants. But as time passes she can stand it no longer and reaches out to him. They are determined to make it work, but bad choices and a past that comes back to haunt Patrick causes all kinds of drama that affects what he is building with Elaine.

This is mostly in the hero’s point of view so I felt a bit disconnected from the heroine. I still enjoyed her innocent view of life and her appreciation of everything around her. She was exactly what Patrick needed. I wasn’t a huge fan of Patrick. This story goes into a lot of details of his actions with a couple of other women and while I understood how those actions affected him and Elaine, I really didn’t need all the details. However, he stood up to his responsibilities and he took care of business to clear the field for them. Elaine’s presence in his life helped him to become the man he never thought he could be. I loved that their relationship helped him in that way.

This has a lot of drama, a bit of mystery, and is pretty steamy. It’s a fast read/listen and if you don’t mind the hero being with other women then you’ll enjoy this one a lot.

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