This series was my first for this author. I decided to read it after lusting over the cover with bearded and beautiful Graham. His deep dark chocolatey goodness had me licking my lips in the first book, so I could hardly wait to read this story in the series. I was a slightly disappointed in the fact that Graham was not featured on every single turn of every single page.
The hero in this story was not overstated or overplayed. In some ways, I wish he and Annabelle were the sole focus of this story. Rather than sharing the stage with his sisters, their spouses, the cantankerous chef, a few kids, some nosey older ladies, farm animals and the collections of surly and spirited characters.
Graham was a dark and intriguing character. I hoped for a lively and vivid depiction of his story. The story delivered a solid featured character in Graham, yet I was not completely filled with his story. The flashbacks in his story added structure to the story and even explained his propensity for protecting the women in his life. His story was the plot and premise for the first story. Graham’s actions propelled the family down the path of realization and discovery. A time or two the story had a lull, not a whole lot, but enough to notice. And again there were quite a few moments with Graham and Annabelle that were sexually charged, and wow did the passion sizzled hotly. Then as the story progressed, the encounters were more passionate and Real. I liked the nice visual and the feelings burning holes in the pages of my Kindle.
Annabelle’s plight was also explained. Her story expounded upon why she ended up with an A-hole husband and why the abuse she endured at his hand, led her to the steps she took to save her life. The murders and mayhem untaken by Graham and his crew did not bother me as much as the way Annabelle allowed her life to be dictated by a ruthless dictator she called her husband. Graham’s actions were fueled by his protective instincts and his need to help the powerless. In the end, Graham rode in on a big black stallion and rescued Annabelle from her exiled place and brought her back to her family and friends in Baymoor. This was a nice story. Fair warning, you’ll need to read the first two books first. Each story builds on the previous story. My rating 4.0 Stars.