Fantastic writing from Wolf, as always, but the hero wasn’t a great fit for me and I had some definite issues with this. After an EXCELLENT first book in the series, I was so excited to dive into Callum’s story. He’s a silent, broody, rock star whose mysterious nature had me so intrigued. And he does make for quite an interesting character; I loved his hidden sweetness and how much he truly cares for our heroine, but… umm, yeah, he takes that love too far. He IS a full-on stalker in this, and I found him more than a little creepy. Once Wren became his girl, it was permanent for him, and I shudder to think what would’ve happened if she’d denied him.
The story follows Wren, a woman who is shy and insecure. There’s only one man she’s ever felt close to, and that’s her former pen pal, Callum. Early in Callum’s career, Wren sent him a letter, and the two bonded over their introverted tendencies. One letter became two until they became best friends with the hint of more, only for it all to crumble just as they were about to meet. Now, Wren finds herself working at the same place where Callum – now a rock star – is recording an album with his band. The quiet, intense Callum doesn’t seem to like Wren that much, but he’s definitely attracted. It’s not long before Callum’s intensity becomes intimidating for Wren, and they grow close in way she never anticipated.
I love the quality of Wolf’s writing, and this one is as strong as ever in a lot of ways. The complex, nuanced characters are so compelling, and I loved the twists and turns in their backstory. I always love it when a couple meets through letters and emails first, so that part of the story was great. But, uh, Callum’s desire to watch everything wasn’t for me. Not only is he a stalker, but he’s also into watching at sex parties, and the level of kink – especially so early in the story – wasn’t my favorite. It happened SO early in the book that I really struggled to understand the connection in present day. It felt like neither Callum nor Wren had earned some of those moments, if that makes sense. Also, this is SUCH a departure from the first book in the series, tonally, that it was a little jarring to me. The first hero was literally a bodyguard keeping the heroine away from stalkers, etc, and then… yeah, lol. That’s where I struggled a bit. But I think the book was well done in many aspects, and there are certainly going to be readers who love this. I’m definitely still invested in the series, though I’m kinda terrified of Adam’s book.
They called him Stone Cold.
Once upon a time, I called him my pen pal.
When I wrote to Callum Rose five years ago, I never expected a response. He was an up and coming rock star, afterall, and I was just a shy seventeen-year-old. He did write back though, and through hundreds of emails, we became best friends.
Until the day we unknowingly broke each other’s heart.
It’s been three years since our last email. I’m all grown up with a new job at Good Music, and finally have my act together. But then Callum Rose walks in the door, and I’m instantly thrown back to the days when he meant everything to me.
The thing is…he doesn’t know who I am. He’s never seen my face. And this Callum Rose lives up to his stone cold reputation.
That is, until one night, he sees me in another man’s arms, and decides to claim me. Then there is nothing cold about him.
Callum becomes a man on fire for me, introverted, awkward, chubby Wren Anderson. He’s obsessive, possessive, and kind of stalker-y—and I like it…a little too much. The problem is, he still doesn’t know I’m the girl who walked away from him or the reason behind it, and I’m afraid when he finds out, I’ll be right back in the cold again.
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Delicious Irish accent. Built like a slab of marble. Infuriatingly controlling.
My new bodyguard…
All I want is to rock hard with my band, The Seasons Change, and finally live my life exactly how I please. No one telling me what to do, no constraints, total freedom.
Too bad I’ve managed to piss someone off.
Crazed fan or bitter ex, it doesn’t really matter, since the result is the same. My wings are clipped and I’m strapped to a bodyguard with steamrolling tendencies and a disdain for celebrities.
Everyday I spend with Ronan is a battle. For control. For independence. And most unexpectedly, with my own willpower.
Because Ronan doesn’t just want to protect me. He wants me in his bed too, and ceding my control to Ronan is more tempting than I ever imagined.
But I’m Iris Adler, a fierce-to-my-bones rocker. If Ronan Walsh really wants all of me, he’d better be prepared for the fall.
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Hi! I’m Julia and I live in Maryland with my three crazy, beautiful kids and patient husband. I worked as a hair stylist for seven years, collecting stories my clients couldn’t wait to spill, a few of which just might show up in my writing!
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