**Warning** This book is intended for a mature reading** Greg Cage was born to protect. While growing up, he was his mother and sister's shield against the world... until he failed. For the last decade, he has carried that guilt and need for vengeance around... until it was stripped from him. Now, with his best friend getting married and no longer needing his protection, he is even more lost, completely adrift, and desperate for some control. All he has ever known was how to protect: his family, his friends, and his country. Can he go against everything he has ever known, and give up that control? Melissa Larson will never let anyone hold the reins in her life. She has been the rock in her family for more years than she can remember, and the fight to keep them together is her main priority right now. She has always been fiercely independent and proud. The last thing she will ever do is ask for someone else's help. But when that choice is out of her control, forcing her to rely on others to save her and her family, and pick up the pieces that are left, will she be able to let someone else be her strength? The second Greg locks eyes with Meli, he knows that she is someone he needs. Someone he craves. Meli knew the second she met Greg that he would be nothing but trouble and heartache. Her life takes an unexpected turn, and that bitch Fate is back to wreak more havoc on another member of the Corps family. All hell breaks loose, leaving Greg no choice but to call in a favor. He hooks back up with his old friend Braxxon Breaker from the Breakneck MC. Together, they make sure that nothing threatens anyone Greg loves again.
Greg is the protector. The savior. It’s imbedded in his DNA and he will stop at nothing to keep anyone he cares about safe and happy. He protected and saved Izzy from her abusive ex-husband in Axel and now he is at a crossroads. Now that Izzy and Axel are married, he realizes things that are missing in his life. After countless hook-ups, he eventually runs across nurse Melissa and is changed forever. It was instant lust and he had to have her. I loved how he called her “Beauty” because he didn’t know her name at first and keeps calling her it as a pet name after. After one amazing night with his Beauty, he discovers that she is just as broken as he is and, surprisingly, for a very similar reason. He is determined to protect and save Melissa. Right when everything is pretty damn great, they get hit with a blow. Lets just say Greg has one cray cray ex-hook up.
Melissa is one tough chick. She has had some bad cards dealt to her, but it doesn’t weaken who she is. She is strong and can take care of herself. She is determined to make a good life for her nephew, Cohen, and knows she doesn’t need the distraction of a man. However, she can’t deny her attraction to Greg and gives in to him not really knowing that he will wind up being exactly what she needs. I enjoyed her character, but I thought she was a little over the top bitchy at times. When her relationship with Greg moves along, I felt she got a little bit better with her bitch button though. I liked that she didn’t become a crazy drama queen over everything. After an incident with his crazy ex, Greg comes back to Meli with a scratch and red lipstick on his face smelling like another woman, but she doesn’t jump to conclusions. She just chills, lets him explain and even jokes around about it with him.
As I mentioned earlier, this book was one steamy mo-fo. I am not joking. When Melissa and Greg connect, it’s freaking H.O.T. And did I mention that Greg has not one, not two, but THREE piercings in his…um…manly bits? That was a shocker! It sure made things interesting. I sometimes felt that there was just a little too much sex. I know, I know. How can there ever be too much sex? But for me, it was just a bit above and beyond what was really necessary.
One last thing to mention, and please don’t shoot me because I know others who really liked this about this book, but I HATED the Beauty and the Beast reference. It was just too cheesy for me and kind of made me want to gag.
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