By S.M. Stryker
Haunted by her years of abuse, Parker Dane tries to leave her past behind her to start a new life in a new city. She meets Ian Blake; actually she runs into him multiple times, but always runs away before learning his name. Ian can’t get Parker out of his mind and he doesn’t even know her name. Ian finally gets his opportunity to meet Parker, and he will do anything in his power to keep her from running away from him again. Parker has years of demons and fears bottled up inside her; she knows that if Ian finds out her secrets, she will lose him forever; no one wants damaged goods. Will Ian make her run away again or will her past catch up to her trying to pull her back. Will Ian be the man to stand by Parker or will he turn his back on her.
Fair warning this story starts off with the awful truth about what Parker has been dealing with since her mother died and she was left in the care of her step father. Whilst not given to us in full detail the flashbacks, angst and trauma that Parker explains does touch your soul and is explained in a sensitive way and sends you on a journey to hopefully follow her to new beginnings. Her friendships were endearing and she definitely had strength of character which made me connect to her really well.
Ian introduction was good however there was something missing I could not put my finger on but he did come into his own towards the end of the story, perhaps I did not get really why he felt compelled to follow Parker as he was very much the alpha male to me.
The story did flow well however I did become frustrated that it did take forever for them to connect as such as they kept bumping into each other over a period and then bam we were on fast forward. I was finally glad they were together but then found their connection strained somewhat but then Parker had been running from Ian due to her issues. I felt the build up to their sexual encounter really believable in that Ian really took his time and did not pressure her, I had to keep reminding myself that she was 18 and he was 25.
I also knew the step father would come back into the storyline however I found the last half of the book so rushed in the different scenarios being played out and found myself saying what else is this author going to throw at poor Parker I mean really give the chick a break!
So I did enjoy this story, great romance reading with lots of twists and turns.