Arianne Messier managed to get away from her abusive husband, settling with her young daughter in a small town in Tennessee at the base of the Smoky Mountains.
There, she meets a man who is even bigger than her husband was, and she keeps ending up having to deal with him when she’d really rather not.
Hoyt Chandler is a war hero who bears the scars, literally, to prove it. He’s a bit crotchety at first and doesn’t think he’ll ever find a woman who will be able to look past how ruined he is.
But could Arianne be that woman? Could it be that they were meant to heal each other?
Publisher’s Note: This contemporary romance contains a theme of power exchange.
Karen’s Magic Review
I have found several books recently on Gainreads Facebook page. They posted a thread for people to add their romance books. This was amongst them and I liked the description. The cover appealed to me too. I had no idea what a power exchange meant.
The story line was good and the characters were good but it bothered me. This was a woman escaping an abusive and violent marriage. She meets Hoyt who is an intriguing and likeable character because he is so flawed. Except, he had this sexual quirk of wanting to put her over his knee and spank her. He did it twice, and it spoilt the story. Why would anyone do that to someone who had already suffered? Why would she let him? Women fought for many years to be on a equal footing to men, and have every right to, so it really bothered me. I didn’t like it, and if I ignored that, the rest of the story was pretty good. I don’t think I’ll be reading another by this author. If you want to look for yourself, here are the links.