Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend. She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place.
Tijan started writing later in life, after she had already graduated college with a different direction in mind and a different degree under her belt. Hitting the brakes on that path, she taught herself how to write a good book and began posting at sites such as Fictionpress, along with Wattpad. After receiving such encouraging messages from readers, she self-published Fallen Crest High and has continued throughout the year. She continues to keep writing NA books!
"Tell me what happened." His plea was so soft.
I broke. This wasn't the stranger anymore. This was Carter, the boy I had grown up with. I flung my arms around him and pulled him down. Instead of fighting, I clung to him now.
He wrapped his arms around me and rolled to his side. He patted my back and tucked his head into the crook of my neck and shoulder. I felt his lips brush there as he repeated, "You have to tell me. I won't hurt you. I will protect you."
A shudder went through my body. At last. Those were the words I was desperate for. He moved his hands, one sliding down to my hip and the other cradling the back of my head, he pressed into me. The last of my reserve fled then. A gasp escaped me and I pressed against him. I needed him.
Shame flooded me. He knew. What kind of person was I? Fighting, running away, and then starting to tremble in his arms?
His hand started to caress my hip. His fingers slid underneath my shirt and moved under my pants' waistband. He held me there, his hand splayed out. I tried to resist, but I wanted to wind my legs around him. I wanted to pull him on top of me and feel his hand between my legs. But I didn't do anything. I lay there, still, as my heart pounded inside of me. He could feel the beat against him. The thumping drowned everything else out.
He pressed a soft kiss to my forehead and raised himself up again. He looked down at me. The plea in his eyes was still there. As he brushed some of my hair from my forehead, he asked, "Do you not trust me?"
I nodded. "I'm scared of you."
A small grin appeared at the corners of his mouth. "You are?"
"I don't know who you are anymore." I couldn't believe I was admitting any of that, but I needed to trust someone. I had to if I was going to survive what I had done. Feeling a little bit brave, I touched his chest. My hand spread out like his was on my back. His heart was steady. I murmured, "I know who you are. I know you're the Cold Killer. I know what you did for AJ." A tear slipped from the corner of my eye. It fell unheeded. "I always wanted to thank you for that."
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"You're mine, Emma. You always have been. I won't let you go.”
Fantastic book with a gripping storyline, dark, gritty, filled with action, twists and danger. Sooo to all you action lovers this one is for you! It kinds of has a bit of everything in it, it is hot, heartbreaking, heart racing, action-filled and much more.
What would you do if you caught your roommates boyfriend raping her? What if it was you next?
When Emma walks into her apartment having skipped going to the gym her day goes from bad to worse.Catching her roommates boyfriend raping her she panics and does something she cant take back.She kills him.
The boyfriend is no other than the son of a mobster. She couldnt call the police unless she wanted to be hunted and killed and she coulnt let her roommate/ best friend die in the hands of this monster.So she does what she thinks is best she kills him.
what would you do if you had the mob looking for you? They would come for you and they would kill you.
Its kind of a no-win situation either way she would have been hunted and killed so after leaving his body in her apartment she runs with her friend. When panic, fear and paranoia sets in she needs to get help.. fast.
"You don't trust anyone, no one except Carter. Go to Carter. He'll take care of everything. He'll take care of you, Ems. I promise."
With her brothers last words ringing in her ears she sets out to find Carter Reed he is the only one that can help her now.
Carter Reed was Emma's brother AJ's best-friend and when AJ was murdered he went on a rampage and killed everyone involved in his death.He turned into a killer, its what he is known for cold-hearted killer but Emma knew him before he changed will he still be willing to help her?
Carter Reed is bloody HOT! Gorgeous, strong, protective, passionate, dangerous and edge oh whats not to love?
It was adorable.
Then I grinned to myself. Carter Reed was not adorable. Hot and dangerous, but not adorable..
I loved how he would do anything for Emma to make sure she is safe and protected. He has always been the protector so having Emma around and her worrying about him is so different. He is broken in more ways than one suffering loss and much more bad things that happened to him in the past he is used to taking care of himself. Being with Emma heals his wounds but will it all work out? How long will he keep her protected?
Emma has always been alone since she lost her brother AJ and Carter went off killing.She had no one, she has very few friends and its mostly her looking after them. she always needed someone to look after her and Carter does that. Carter fills the gaps, fills the loneliness and makes her feel whole again.
This is mostly in Emma's POV with small parts in Carter POV. I wanted more of Carter it was like his POVs were randomly placed and short.I would have loved to find out more about him, what he was thinking when they came to his POV is was more of an overall summary it wasn't just his thought you saw what the people around him were thinking too. I some what liked it but I needed more his life was a lot more interesting.
"I've been protecting you since I joined the Mauricio Family. You were why I joined them in the first place."
I was disappointed that there weren't many deep convos between Emma and Carter they didn't discuss the past much , well not his past. I wanted to know sooo much more! I wanted it to be a series because well..I love series and getting to know the characters better.
This book needed an epilogue! Unless this is going to turn into a serie? ;) It needed something to round it all off it felt like the book just left you hanging and I was flipping through the pages and thinking..whattt? thats it? nooooooo :(
Oh btw did anyone else notice that Emma "gasps" alot? :DD
Overall this was a great book with some unexpected turns it kept me guessing.Its fast- paced and captivating I was intrigued from the moment I read the synopsis.This is the first Tijan book I have read and well after reading it I will be checking out her other books!
**ARC provided by the author for an honest review**