Goodreads Rating: 4.12 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dark
Publication Date: April 13, 2011
For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.
Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.
Even beautiful stories can be at times frustrating. Oh. my. god that ending broke my heart [I’m partly okay with theother part… still, goddamn THAT ENDING.]. I’m definitely going to read the next one and find out what happens next.
Emily Sheppard is a naive, rich girl studying at Callister University. She refuses to take her parents’ money, so she works on a library to pay for her expenses and lives independently. She decided to stay on her dorm for the summer and is usually jogging to kill her boredom. Mostly, she drops by on the cemetery for Bill’s gravesite, her brother who passed away because of overdose and for the man in gray sweater. She was kidnapped by Cameron, who is a drug lord for witnessing a brutal crime and also keeping her for safety reasons. As she spends time with him and his crew, she learns everything about the drug business and also about his life. She somewhat feels safe around him and can’t help being drawn to him. Eventually, she falls in love with her captor. Still, it’s a question mark because they both live in different worlds and being together is risky.
The story isn’t that dark and graphic [mild violence, mild steamy scenes — still romantic though], the twists and turns are so good and there are lots of revelations that will keep you reading this book. They’re so good! For the love of crime/mob bosses, I love Cameron to bits. The romance between Emily and Cameron is so good and I love the development! What made my jaw dropped was the ending. It took me minutes to recover on that. Gonna read the next book is ASAP.
Final rating: 4.5 / 5 stars