Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she's sweet, cute and quiet.

Too quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town of Willow's local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.

But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she's sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?

This has some BDSM

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If it's KA, it's bound to be brilliant and quite possibly make it to my favorites list… and Raid is absolutely no freaking exception!

I honestly don't know how KA does it… how she's able to produce masterpieces one afer the other, without fail! If you've read my review for Knight (Book #1) and you've read my review for Creed (Book #2) then… you will at this very moment be bobbing your head because you kind of know what I'm going to say lol… Wait, scratch that, if you've read any of my KA book reviews then you damn well know what I'm going to say next! Kristen Ashley is a one of a kind freaking awesome author! I would kiss her feet if I happen to walk down the street and spot her…(is that creepy?…oh who cares, you can look at me funny, but that's how deep my devotion to her books run)

What did I adore about Raid? I loved Knight, I really did, but I had hangups about the 'Daddy' calling situation… I was obsessed with Creed, boy was I obsessed, but I had a few cringing moment when Sylvie opened her mouth sometimes… I found her a little rough around the edges and thus far, I've discovered that when KA writes her leading ladies personalities, she does it best when she makes them real girly girls… and THAT'S what she did with Hanna… Hanna was fabulous… she was sweet and perfect to the T. Raid, was divine. Alpha hottie with a slightly wider vocabulary and I have absolutely no complaints what-so-ever! Noooothing, not one, zero!

In short, Raiden is considered a hero in his hometown of Willow, Colorado. Hanna is the town darling and everyone loves her… except Raid… because, well, Raiden doesn't actually know she exists - like at all. Never seen her, even though Hanna's loved him her whole life, Raid just never noticed her once. Which is strange since he apparently knows her Gran and her older brother, but Hanna rings no bell at all… not until the day Hanna decides she's done with swooning over Raid and she's moving on with her life… yip Murphy stepped in and viola! He's Instantly, Raid-diculously smitten with Hanna.

Well.. obviously Hanna is beside herself because her life long fantasies appear to be on the path of becoming a reality, that's until a half, through-the-back-door moment, where Hanna overhears Raid and... I'm not going to give anything away here, but she only hears half of the story and… let me just say, that's the first moment in the book where your heart starts pounding in your chest! The first, but definitely not the last! I didn't sleep. In fact, I've still not gone to bed at all. I stayed up and annihilated this book in one sitting, then hopped onto my blog to write my review, because I just had to share with you how extremely excited I am to have finally found another book I adored! Sadly they've been few and far between lately.

What I liked, but would have loved to have it a little different? The ending. It wasn't horrible, in fact it was great. It was just a little melancholy and that's unusual for KA books so I'm surprised at that,but it's still the bomb!

What stands out for me in this book? The dialogue. It was deep and heartfelt. I loved it. Gave me goosies right through till the end. Raid said the best words I've ever heard an Alpha male say.

“My reward.”
I let that slide through me as I turned my face and kissed the palm of his hand.
After I kissed his palm, I said there, “I love it that you think that.”
“Know it,” he corrected and I looked back at him.
“Don’t think it, Hanna. Know it.”
That slid through me, too, and I melted (more) underneath him.
“One more thing before we tear each other up,” he said.
“What?” I asked.
Then, even with all that had happened that day, and especially all that had gone on the last twenty minutes, as usual, Raiden Miller still managed to rock my world.
He did this by saying straight out, with feeling, “Thank you, baby, for forgiving me.”
Slowly, I closed my eyes.

Another aspect I simply loved about this book is the fact that it didn't venture off to far into another direction aka outside drama, butt kicking and such. It stayed on course and moved ahead quickly - again a huge plus. Even the expected KA-norm-drama - which was dramatic and very effective - was brief and such a pleasure! The main focus of this book is the romance and relationship between Raid and Hanna. It was all Hanna & Raiden with very little 'and so and so and so and so'... two thumbs up on that... but then again, did you ever expect anything less than perfection from Kristen Ashley? (I know, I know... stupid question!)

Rating: 5 Stars! (& A 2013 Favorite)

RELEASE DATE: February 25th, 2013
GENRE: Erotic Romance / Adult Romance

PUBLISHER: Kristen Ashley


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