Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret from his maternal grandfather, who controls the most brutal crime syndicate in Eastern Europe. The moment he lets his guard down, the unthinkable happens and his best friend, the mother of his child, is tortured and murdered. To protect his daughter, he must seek the help of his father’s family—who has no idea of his existence. What Adam could have never foreseen is the unusual attachment between his daughter and her most unlikely protector.

After months of living in an emotional vacuum after her roommate’s murder, Calista Martin takes a chance and befriends a handsome regular at the diner. What is supposed to be just a ride home hurls her headlong into Adam’s world of murder and revenge. To add to an already explosive situation, Adam’s traumatized little girl refuses to release her hold on Calista. Knowing what it’s like to lose a loved one, Calista insists on staying with Adam to protect Anna.

After Calista risks her life to protect Anna, Adam begins to see the waitress from the diner in a different light. But the Vasnev threat is heating up and Calista, while willing to help him, really doesn’t trust him. Can he find a way to eliminate his enemies to become the father Anna deserves and the man Calista needs—or will he fail again, taking his future out of his hands forever?


Sensuality Level: Sensual


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Adam Blake is an ex-CIA operative that has done his best to keep his identity secret from almost everyone around him.  The biggest is his maternal grandfather who runs a crime syndicate in Eastern Europe.  The minute he relaxes his best friend, partner, and mother of his child is killed.  Therefore, Adam does what he hoped not to do, go to his father’s family for help.  The very family who don’t even know he exists. 

Adam has had a hard life making decisions even at a young age that he should not have had too.  He meets Calista Martin along the way and takes her on this dangerous journey he takes.  The more time they spend together, they both fall for each other.  Adam’s daughter also loves Calista at first sight and refuses to release her hold on her.  Adam’s daughter, Anna has abilities that are unexplainable and she even at the tender age of 4 manages to help her father in his battle.  

While I found this book well written, I felt all the way through the book like I was missing something.  Almost like this is part of a series I am unaware of.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  While this book is very slow to start if you stick with it, it will slowly draw you into the story and not let go until the very end of the book.  Overall, this was an interesting book. 







Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she spends her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.





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