Between a rock and a hard place.
To Sergeant Zeke Hayes, the expression has always been a non-factor. There’s never been a situation he can’t blast, punch, negotiate or smart-ass his way out of, which makes him the perfect fit for his Special Forces battalion–and a natural-born Dominant who’s made a lot of submissives happy from Mt. Rainier to Vancouver.
That all changes when Rayna Chestain enters his world.
From the moment Z snatches Rayna from the lair of a South Asian slave trafficker, his inner grizzly roars to life with protective intensity. This is a huge damn problem, because Z isn’t wired to be a one-woman man. Growing up an orphan on the streets of Seattle has taught him that beyond a few hours in a dungeon, trust means disappointment and love leads to agony. But here he is, in the remote wilderness escape he’d promised not to share with anyone, harboring Rayna from a fiend who now wants his pound of revenge flesh from her–in the form of her beating heart. Zeke will stop at nothing to keep Rayna safe, even asking his SFG brothers to join him in the fight to hold his fortress secure.
A hard place.
Sheltering Rayna? Z’s never done anything more right in his life. But wanting her? Dreaming of her body beneath him, bound and surrendering to his domination? It’s the most forbidden fruit he can crave…and the only thing he can’t stop thinking about.
A new beginning?
This is a dead-end canyon that no rifle, bomb or sweet talk will let Zeke escape from. The only way out is to confront the reality of what Rayna has done to him…the mountain she’s moved in his intractable heart.
Rating 4 out of 5
One thing is for sure, Zeke is a Dom. His power and intensity are jaw dropping and sexy as hell. He is a knight in black leather continuously rescuing poor Rayna from an asshole determined to have her bought and paid for. Luckily Zeke is like a bull, and Rayna is his red cape. Wave her around, and instincts Zeke doesn’t quite understand constantly lead him to her. To Rayna, Zeke has somehow become her refuge and haven, in more ways than as just her constant rescuer. Zeke awakens impulses and desires that Rayna has never experienced before, and her willingness to drop to her knees doesn’t do anything for Zeke’s resolve either. When Zeke finally allows Rayna to fully submit, their relationship is forever changed.
But I’m not gonna lie, I was super frustrated while reading it; nothing against Angel Payne. Her writing is stellar. This book just seemed very over the top, like there was drama just for the sake of drama. I’m not into the constant cat-and-mouse game. The ‘scenes’ were incredible and touching. The book as a whole is deep and passionate, but I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the ball to drop. It was infuriating. And when my frustrations were finally resolved, it ended. And I wanted more.
Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to the third book in the series, Surrendering to Her Sergeant, which is Corporal Ethan Archer’s story. And from what we know of him from the first two books in the W.I.L.D. series, we’re in for a wickedly good ride! Surrendering to Her Sergeant is expected in early November 2013.
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