Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.
Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.
Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.
From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.
He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.
Author: Kristen Ashley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fire Inside, The Promise
Series: Unfinished Hero
Published: September 23, 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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All Cassidy has ever wanted was to move to Colorado and run a cabin rental in the mountains. At twenty-four she takes all her savings and a little seed money from her Dad and makes her dream a reality. She works hard to improve the cabins and her property mostly on her own. As the years pass she has a returning customer, John Priest, who doesn’t say much but always wants the same cabin. A series of events cause her relationship with Priest to change and brings with it a whole different set of issues.
This is a story about a relationship. There is little to no sub plot, just two people meeting, circling and finally falling in love. And I loved that. Unlike some of KA’s other works there are (slight spoiler) no kidnappings, car bombs, lunatics with guns, none of that. Mostly just Cassie and Deacon getting to know one another and trying to find a way to be together when Deacon’s life is complicated. It could have been really boring but I was leaning toward my computer the whole time I was reading it and I was sad to see it end. We do get, as always with KA, an amazing epilogue that sets up the next book but also brings a great end to this incredible love story.
I loved Cassie and Deacon. In the previous books in the Unfinished Heroes series, we don’t get a lot of information on Deacon or his back story but he was always an intriguing character. When he meets Cassie, even though he’s going by the name John Priest, we know it’s Deacon. He is very aloof and seemingly uninterested but he was still fascinating. The story is told from mostly Cassidy’s perspective but there are key moments when we are with Deacon and even Raid (from Raid, the third book in the series) a few times.
All of the characters from the previous books in this series appear in this book as well as mentions of places and people from other KA series. I love those little easter egg moments and KA is great about giving her fans those little dots to connect.
This is also a really hot book! definitely erotica with some light BDSM elements thrown in. We are treated to a lot of Deacon being creative and Cassie learning about herself and the things that she likes. Each scene was exciting and entertaining and not a rehash of things I had read before.
I can’t wait for the next, and I believe last, book in this series which should be about Knight’s brother Nick. I am curious to see how she is going to redeem him since he is a jerk (that’s putting it mildly) most of the time and seems to like getting into trouble. regardless I will be waiting (im)patiently for more KA goodness.