Strip club owner Thorn Evans doesn’t expect to meet the woman who will change his life when he walks into her upper end consignment store. Store owner Ari Daniels loses her entire family and the love of her life in one fateful evening. She’s spent the last seven years keeping everyone at a distance other than her best friend Piper, and he only does casual. No letting any woman think she’s going to find her happy ever after with him.
The pull between Thorn and Ari is instant and intense. Thorn’s hang ups and things he’s not willing to get past come from childhood nightmares and you feel for him and want him to be able to overcome his past, which he’s willing to try almost instantly for her. She wakes him up, makes him feel alive, and he lets us see that the instant feelings he has for Ari can heal him. Ari’s issues make you want to wrap her up an protect her from the world. The step she takes to heal herself so that she feels like she can handle all things Thorn Evans make her a heroine. However, the end is one hundred percent what makes the story. Thorn and Ari completely expose themselves to each other and let each other all the way in, and though you think you know what will happen, Harper takes it somewhere you can’t predict.
What a great love story, told as only Harper Sloan can do, and am so excited for a new series from one of my top five favorites.