He’s powerful and lethal, in and out of the ring.
One act of kindness brought Sophie Parish far more danger than she could have ever imagined. Now she’s on the run, leaving behind her family and the only dream she’s ever had.
Retired EFC fighter Kolan Slade’s life has been one endless battle after another. He has a dark past with an even darker desire—the only one he’s ever known.
Until he meets Sophie.
Intrigued by her raw beauty and the secrets she’s trying to hide, Kolan craves to know who she is and what she’s running from.
Protecting her becomes his obsession and he’ll sacrifice it all to save her. But in the end her love will have him questioning himself and everything he thought he knew.
I know this sounds cheesy, but I really respect and admire how KC Lynn attacked Sophie and Kolan’s story. I know, I know. If you like any story, you have to admire how the author presented it. But hear me out.
I am reading the whole KC Lynn set of books all backwards. Not by choice, mind you. I have other books from her, even a box set, but like with all book lovers, I might hoard a bit. So I’ve just not gotten around to meeting all of the other characters. But then I was given an opportunity to get an ARC of Sophie and Kolan’s story. So here we are…a bit out of order.
This isn’t a spoiler, but a key piece of this story is realizing that Sophie has a stalker, Daniel. He’s been stalking Sophie since she was in high school. This is why when she and Kolan meet, he knows her as Lia. The reason I say I admire how KC Lynn tackled this was because she could have made Sophie just hide behind Kolan, or just hide within herself. If you’ve read any other books from KC Lynn, you know her males are quite possibly the definition of alpha male.
Kolan vows to protect Sophie, and this is even before he knows what is actually happening. But I feel he approaches her from a place of respect and he does help her learn self-defense, and respects her not being ready to share everything with him just yet.
He also seems to understand that she has to feel safe within herself. Then, once he realizes she has a stalker, then we see more of the truer alpha come out. But again, I think he shows the alpha male but it’s appropriate. It’s not so over the top that he becomes just a jerk. Maybe this is just my opinion, but I feel like alpha males sort of ride a very fine line. If they aren’t alpha enough, then they aren’t alphas really at all. But if they are too alpha, then their characters sort of become jerks. And that usually turns me off to them. So with that said, I found Kolan to be well written and he really was a perfect alpha male.
I found Sophie’s character really easy to loved. Kolan was great, and he has some hurtles to overcome. But I think that you’d expect Sophie to be really nervous and judgmental. But she wasn’t. Now, some parts of herself she wanted to wait to share, but in terms of accepting Kolan and some of his needs and desires, I felt Sophie really shined here. There are things she doesn’t always understand, but she is able to show him the respect that he shows her. When she realizes that Kolan is nervous about being touched, she doesn’t just do it and hope for the best. She respects him, and walks with him through that process.
If you read anything by KC Lynn, you know you get to see past characters in her books. However, this was truly the first book I’ve read from her. So with that said, everything in this book made sense. I didn’t have a hard time understanding anything or other characters being mentioned. I point that out because if this is your first KC Lynn book, you would be able to jump in and enjoy the story.
I am actually more excited to dig into my other KC Lynn books now because I really did enjoy this story. I felt the author tackled a mystery with a sensitive subject and a love story and seamlessly tied them together.
I definitely think you should take the time to meet Sophie and Kolan, and allow yourself to fall in love with their love story.
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