Series: The 'Burg (book 2)
Publication Date: 2nd May 2011
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?
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I’ve heard so many good things about this book and that always makes me a little wary. So much hype around a book can turn a book I would have thought of as really good to okay simply because it didn’t live up to the inflated expectation that arose as a result of everyone saying how good it was.
Fickle, I know, but it’s the truth.
I’m very happy to say, though, that I really enjoyed At Peace. My previous experiences of Kristen Ashley have all been related to the Chaos MC so this was different, but the story still held true to the form I am coming to expect from this author; alpha male, likeable female, a supporting cast of interesting characters, heart tingly moments, heart achey moments and a little bit of drama.
It was well written, easy to read and despite its cray cray length I didn’t want it to end.
It was a roller-coaster. My heart bled for Joe, for Vi for the girls… I understood his hot and cold. I understood Vi’s confusion. I HATED the way she acted with Mike (and subsequently her actions with Joe in relation to Mike) but I just loved the story. The ups and downs felt so real despite the insanity of Vi’s situation and the lovely little epilogue was the icing on the cake.