My thoughts: I give it ♥♥♥♥ I’ve already read this series (both #1 and #2) twice. I’ve been in a book slump so I thought this would get me out of it. Maybe it has. I did not notice in my previous listening to the audiobook how petulant the narrator made the female character sound. When I read it without narration she was not as bitchy sounding, so I guess the narration really DOES make or break the story. I like this book because the main male character is so much like my own enigmatic husband that I could not help but love him. The female lead, though. I like her less and less each time I read this story. But overall I enjoyed it. It ends on a cliffhanger (because of the idiotic female character) *sigh* I recommend it though.
Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.
Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possessio