By: Kristen Ashley
Series: The 'Burgs #2
My Copy: Amazon.com
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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.
She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.
Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.
Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.
Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?
If I felt comfortable enough with videoing myself doing a “OMG, this book was so awesome that I just have to do a happy dance” then I would post it but instead I am just going to tell you how AMAZING, TERRIFIC, WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC, and BRILLIANT this book was. Everything that you could ever ask for in a KA novel was neatly wrapped up in this book and presented with a beautiful bow. At Peace kept me thoroughly entertained until the last page. In fact, I still wanted it to continue after I read the last sentence.
Violet is one awesome woman who has been through the wringer and is still stuck in the wringer because things just keep getting worse. As the reader, you just marveled at what she overcame and then wept when she was swept back into the undertow. Her pain is so present and it continues to add after the loss of Tim, Hart’s obsession, Joe’s on again off again attitude, and the tragedy that made me sit in my bed and cry. Oh man was that chapter painful to read.
I would say my favorite part about this book was Joe. Even though I hated him at some points, I really did deep down love him the whole time. He is the ultimate man; one of my favorite KA characters. But how he stole my heart was the way he interacted with Kate and Kierra.
The ‘Burg series just keep getting better and better and I cannot wait to start the third.