Since high school everyone thought Jake Bender would end up behind bars; after all, he comes from a long line of bad boys. He spent years away from the place he called home. When he finally comes back, everyone thinks he's just a punk kid all grown up who’s now running a dive bar called The Night Club. What they don't know is he heads up a special task force, which cleans up neighborhoods and makes them safe again.
Stormy Ryan has always felt more comfortable with her books than with people. She loves to spend her days within the pages of her books. When her second-hand bookstore is robbed for the third time in as many months, her employees quit leaving her to run the shop on her own. With the pressure of having to deal with her shop and people, not to mention the declining neighborhood, she is at the end of her rope.
When closing up her shop late one night, she is held up and the neighborhood bad boy saves her, putting both of them at the forefront of a psychotic’s obsession.
Being bad has never looked so good.
Mystery, intrigue, serial killers, cannibalism, and love all make an appearance in this amazing thriller from M. Stratton. The book follows the lives of Stormy and Bender and a gang family set on taking over a run down neighborhood. Stormy's refusal to accept "protection" from the gang makes her a sexual target for one of the main leaders, Nutter. Bender is part of a secret enforcement agency that comes into neighborhoods being taken down by gangs and taking the gang out to give it back to the residents. After an attempted mugging, Stormy and Bender are forced together to keep her safe. When Nutter can't get his hands on her as quickly as he'd like, he sets forward an elaborate plan to kidnap her, torture her and kill her to add her to his "collection."
This is some of the best writing I've read in a while and I loved every minute of it. Being the first M. Stratton book that I've read, I can't really compare it to any of her other works, but if you like a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end, then you need to 1-click this one today!