I met him when I was just a child, but I knew there would never be anyone else.
He lit my world with each smile and warmed my heart just by looking at me.
But he was my brother’s best friend...
Which meant I was off limits.
So he let me go and took my heart with him.
Now everything has changed, and the obstacles that kept us apart all our lives are no longer in the way.
He wants to claim me.
He wants to own me.
He wants to ravage my world.
And if I’m not careful...
I just might let him.
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I stopped in the doorway, propping my shoulder against the jamb. Then I did what I’d done every night for the past four and a half years. I looked to that picture on her nightstand, feeling that familiar swell in my chest at the sight of it. Then I turned my gaze to her and watched as she lay on her stomach, stretched across our bed with her feet kicked up in the air while she scrawled in that old leather-bound journal I’d bought her years ago. It was something she’d done every night since we found it in a box in that storage building, taking a few minutes to herself to recount her day on paper. It was her own personal quiet time that she loved, and I always made sure to give her the privacy she needed to do it.
As if sensing my presence, she turned her head and hit me with a beaming smile. “Hey.”
“Hey, baby. Am I interrupting?”
“Nope,” she answered, using the ribbon to mark her page and flipping the journal closed. “All done. Will go down okay?”
“Out like a light.”
She bit her bottom lip and lowered her eyelids to half-mast as she pushed up and sat back on her haunches. The pale purple nightie she was wearing teased at all the beauty that lay beneath.
“Perfect, ’cause I’m in the mood to play.”
After all the teases of Lyla and Mace throughout the series, especially the ones in Consume, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ravage and find out what was going on between the two of because even I knew that there was more to it than just the whole not going against the bro code thing going on and I wasn’t disappointed in any way. This one definitely pulled out all the FEELS, and I mean all of them ~ the good, the bad and the ugly ~ as the epic story of Lyla and Mace unfolded. I had a difficult time putting it down and, although I loved that epilogue, I hated knowing that there were no more words to read.
I adored both Lyla and Mace. Lyla is a force. She has a strong sense of self and, even when her world is crashing down around her, she finds a way to pull herself and keep going. It may take a while, but she does it. She’s sweet, sassy and gives her all to those she calls her own. Mace is, at his very core, a sweet and compassionate soul and cares deeply about others, but at times it blinds him to not only what is right in front of him, but to the man HE himself is.
It’s funny. I knew going in that their relationship was all kinds of...jagged, hard not to after reading all the books, but I found it more heartbreaking than frustrating. It was frustrating, the missteps, the push/pull, the holding oneself back because of assumptions, not solid truth, but it was also all kinds of sweet and soul searing at how much these two simply flowed when they were in each other’s orbits and when everything was said and done, I loved how they finally got their HEA.
While I know this isn’t the last we’ll hear of the Civil Corruption crew, I am sad that this is the last book of the series. I fell in love with these characters, and this one made me want to spend more time with them all ~ especially after reading that epilogue ~ but as a last in series, it was perfect. And though I’m totally looking forward to Camden’s story, I have to say that I wouldn’t be upset at all if Stone got his own HEA a some point in the future...just sayin’ *BSEG*
~ Copy provided via Social Butterfly PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That's why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy--she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she's also a wino, coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books--romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it's a passion...there's a difference. Not that she'd expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.