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Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
They say snitches get stitches. Except I got all the stitches before I ever thought about trying to snitch. My abusive ex-boyfriend, one of the most powerful men in the country, is on the hunt for my silence. He’ll stop at nothing to make sure I’m six feet under for ratting him out to the FBI.
To make matters worse, I’m pregnant...with his baby. So why do I want to fall in bed with the sexy veterinarian who lives two doors down from me on the family farm? I can’t resist starting a no-strings attachment with the hot, single dad who doesn’t do forever. But it can’t be more than that. I’m on borrowed time. Forever will get us both killed.
The prodigal daughter returns to Sage Creek, and I want to send her anywhere but here. I don’t need her brand of drama lurking around. Especially when I have a daughter I’m fighting to get sole custody of. But when my brother from another mother becomes her witness protection and brings her to the farm I work at, I’m forced to help.
My first thought after finishing this book is “Dammit - I am going to have a book hangover from hell”. Which in my opinion is worst than a hangover when mixing wine and hard liquor. Eh *cringe* maybe not - never again! Anyways. It’s pretty dang bad. What am I supposed to do with my life after this!
This DOES have a trigger warning for an abusive relationship. This story is at times graphic and does give explanations of the abuse as flashbacks and a bit in the end. Please read with caution.
The amount of detail that Dillon Bancroft puts in this book is astounding. When it comes to trauma and PTSD, it’s like she knows…. That’s a scary thought because having PTSD myself… It sucks! Granted, my trauma and PTSD does not come from any type of abuse, and not to negate my trauma in any way... I could not imagine going through this at all.
So, this couldn’t be a Romance me with Book blog without Romance, right? Well, I am happy to say that there was NO romance that abusive ex of hers. It just happens to be with the vet that helps on her family's farm. Plot twist - I’m not telling you. But it seems like everything is connected enough to keep her safe - for the most part.
I love how great Derek is with her through this whole thing. I will not say I know much about what happens after suffering abuse but he really was her rock throughout it, even without her knowing it. I know that having a rock while going through the aftermath is very important, my husband has been mine for sure. I love how much thought was put in every step in this book, it's like she thought of everything that a survivor goes through.
This story was meticulous and very well thought out, planned, and beautifully written.
My favorite character in this book was definitely Aria. Life had beaten her down and while she didn’t feel like she was strong while getting back up, she was so strong. She kicked ass!
I 100% suggest that you read this book. Don’t just add it to your TBR - read it now! Unless, one of your triggers is related to abuse, please don’t.
Cry Factor: ⭐️⭐️
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Nation Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Dillon Bancroft is a contemporary romance author residing in sunny Tampa, Florida.
Dillon began writing ever since she could remember. She was a horrible student because while the only class of interest to her was her creative writing class in High School, she spent the rest of her class periods writing stories in her notebooks, allowing just a few of her friends to read stories she never thought would see the light of day.
Since Bancroft never thought being an author was ever an option, she continued writing, but only for her. She's a sucker for second chances and enemies becoming lovers. She's a hopeless romantic who loves anti-heroes.
She is a mom of two wild and crazy girls that know every single button to push, wife to a Marine who is probably more romantic than she is, and a TV junkie with obscure television quotes only her husband would know.
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