By: Sherri Hayes
Series: Finding Anna #2
My Copy: Ebook from Netgalley
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As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn't an option. She knows she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued. The scars from her past haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
In the second book, Stephan has worked hard at getting Brianna to trust him and has started coaching her to talk about what happened in the past in hopes that it will be some sort of therapy for her. He longs for her complete trust in him and works hard to get it.
Stephan longs for Brianna’s love but is willing to wait until the end of times because he wants her to be ready on her own terms. I liked how their relationship slowly builds in this book, causing us to see emotions from Brianna besides fear.
I found myself more emotionally involved in Stephan and Brianna’s life in the second installment. Brianna is slowly (very slowly) hatching out of her shell and you find out more of all the horrible things that she has been through. As the reader, I realized that “fixing” Brianna isn’t going to happen overnight. It will be a procedure that will happen gradually and I liked that Hayes is writing it this way because it feels like real life. Anyone who goes through that much torture isn’t going to instantly fall in love and feel safe and secure with a man overnight.