Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 16th 2017
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Clay ran from his family, his career. From every dream he ever had. He ran until he crashed. Andi escaped the screams, the fists. The pain that knocked her down. She ran until she was thrown. Brought together by a world of darkness and deceit, all they have is each other. Freedom is what they want. Though it comes with a price. Because the second they stop running, they'll drown.
I’ve endured enough pain. I’m ready to start over.
I’m ready to start living again.
I’ve shamed my family.
I’ve ruined my life.
I’ve thrown away everything I ever worked for.
I’ll never get out of this mess.
I’ve never get to clear my name.
We’ve all had to walk away from something in our lives, but sometimes you have to run. That’s what Andi and Clay are doing, but for very different reasons. They both need to escape their pasts, the decisions that have led them to where they are, and they both need to stay anonymous. They don’t even know that they other exists, but they are each other’s future.
Andi finally hit rock bottom. She can no longer take the beatings that have numbed her body and her soul. It’s time for her to run from Brooks. The abuse has escalated and she knows that if she doesn’t leave now, she’ll be leaving in a body bag. It’s not going to be easy, but with the help of her best friend, she finds herself finally free and on a train from NYC to Philly.
Leaving was easy. Waiting for him to find her is harder.
Clay is trying to stay under the radar, which is really hard when your face is plastered all over the national news and cereal boxes. He’s trying the make New York is home, but all he really wants to do is stay invisible. But when he spots the badly wounded girl sitting in the back of the train, he can’t help himself. He has to help her.
What really gets me is the look in her light-blue eyes. A look of complete terror. You don’t get that from tripping over a cord and nailing your face against the corner of an end table. You get it when someone you trust has whipped his fucking hand across your face. I’ve seen it before. I’ve stopped it. And, now, I see it in her.
What happens next is unexpected, and will either seal her fate to finally escape the clutches that Brooks has on Andi or bind her to him forever. With Clay by her side, he promises to protect her. Clay has become a mastermind at hiding and he’s determined to keep Andi out of harms way, by any means necessary.
The first half of this book is action pact and I was sitting on the edge of my seat to see how everything was going to unfold. But then there was a lull in the storyline. You know that at any minute the other shoe was going to drop, but I was expecting something just a little bit more…surprising? I wanted some more twists and turns.
When I realized that I wasn’t going to get more than what I already anticipated I was a little disappointed. Especially because I absolutely loved how devoted Clay was to Andi. He didn’t have to sacrifice his anonymity in order to protect a complete stranger, but he did. But his commitment didn’t stop with just keeping Brooks at bay. He was determined to show her how a real man treats a woman. He shows her respect, encourages her independence, and before he knows it, he’s falling over the edge for the strong willed woman that was facing her biggest fears.
I will say that I usually can tell when a book is written with two authors. Not this one. The chapters flowed well together. It was quite seamless. It just lacked that final wow factor. Overall I found the storyline unique and still intriguing. I’m also a sucker for a solid Epilogue, and I was not disappointed! I hope to see more from this duo, I think that Marni and Gia will only get better with each collaboration!
Cover Design: Romantic Book Affairs
Release Date: February 2, 2017
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