Athena Daniels
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
February 2015
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

How do you start over while your past still stalks you?

Meticulous planning gets Ivy half way across the world, with a new identity. But Blake is no ordinary ex-husband, he is a corrupt private investigator with links to London's underworld.

Eric Prescott, a handsome and successful property developer knows Ivy is hiding something, and from someone. At first Eric only wants to help, but soon finds himself falling for this beautiful woman with the haunting eyes. In one night of explosive passion, Ivy finally gives in. And discovers love, the way it's meant to be.

Ivy finally dares to believe she is free, but soon faces losing all that she has come to love the day her ex-husband is released from jail. She knows it is only a matter of time before he will return to serve the full force of his deadly vengeance.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 12, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
128 people found the following review helpful
DESPERATE had so many conflicting overall messages throughout that I'm still debating as to whether or not I liked it.

Abused and on the run from her husband after five tortuous years together, Ivy Jones moves a continent away to Australia to try and build a new life for herself. But she's still looking over her shoulder, knowing that Blake, the man she left, will no doubt find her eventually. While working as an assistant to an interior designer, Ivy meets Eric Prescott and feelings that she long thought buried are brought to the surface.

Eric knows something doesn't fit with the new girl on staff, and he desperately wants to know what that is. As soon as Eric spots Ivy, his boys says "That's her, she's yours." But getting Ivy to trust him after all she's been through won't be easy; in fact, it may turn out to be impossible.

I really had mixed feelings about DESPERATE. I loved it for the entire first half, and you could truly feel the fear and terror that Ivy experienced waiting for Blake to come after her. But...and I don't want to give too much away...after she finds herself truly feeling safe, this book went downhill fast. The element of suspense was gone, leaving the focus to be on Ivy and Eric's love story. It was nice, sensual, erotic, sweet, well written and solidly just did absolutely nothing for me.

Eric seems like a wonderful man, but his focus on Ivy's physical beauty put me off. He repeatedly called her "beautiful" and told her over and over how stunning and gorgeous she was. Oh yea, and occasionally she's the strongest woman he knows, too. I don't know what it was about this book that just rubbed me the wrong way, as technically it was very well written and focused on the incredibly important topic of domestic violence. I simply found that after the fear went away the first time, the book stalled out for me.

Bottom Line: DESPERATE features palpable fear, sensual sex and an HEA that may make you want to save the world.
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