He was never supposed to be hers.
He should never have been her first anything.
Now she’s the match setting the fire.
The flames licking away at his life.
And the last person who wants to hurt him.
*** Willow and Ethan’s complete story, includes both Irreparable Damage and Irreparable Lives. ***
Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a Chicago Mafioso, Willow Kensington hasn’t exactly lived the life of a gangster’s progeny-she hardly ever speaks to her father. Instead, she leads a nice, quiet existence at home with her family, surrounded by friends and a steady boyfriend. Her biggest problem is having to pick which college to attend. Until the day after her 18th birthday, when Willow is abducted by a group of sex-traffickers.
Private investigator Ethan Wilde has too many responsibilities to put his life on the line for a paycheck, but when his latest job has him infiltrating a sex-trafficking ring to rescue a missing girl, he ends up doing just that. Before he can safely extract himself from the violent band of criminals, his loyalties are put to the test, and Ethan ends up getting in much deeper than he ever wanted to. Despite the heinous acts he’s witnessed and partaken in, Ethan knows their only means of escape is playing out his original scenario-even if a pair of accusing gray eyes might be haunting him for the rest of his life. Even if he’s not so sure he’s one of the good guys anymore. Even if she makes sure everyone knows he isn’t.
Her salvation could be his downfall.
He’s determined to save her anyway.
This is a DARKER, taboo romance, intended for readers 18+ due to possible triggers (she was abducted by sex traffickers) and mature/sensitive themes and content.
I started this series and thought- Holy Cow!- after reading the first few chapters. The first few chapters pulled right into this series so hard I forgot that life existed outside of this book until I cam up for air at the end.
I could never imagine the circumstances in which Willow suffered. I could also not imagine what Ethan endured during his undercover job. The mental pain alone that both characters went through is enough to send someone off of the deep end. Willow, during and after her kidnapping, showed such strength as a character. Willow’s pain and suffering were palpable and there was no question why she was feeling and acting the way she was.
At first, I did not want to like Ethan. Despite what his character was required to do, I didn’t want to get on board with his character. However, after a few chapters and beginning to feel his guilt and need to help Willow, Ethan grew on me. His character was complex and yet very simple at the same time. His love and devotion to his family, even through he issues he was going through with his wife, and his need to help Willow, showed a side to Ethan that overshadowed his flaws.
Watching the relationship develop between Willow and Ethan develop was bittersweet. Knowing the history in how they met, what they went through, and why they were together, made their story sad, yet hopeful. I loved watching their story develop and seeing Willow and Ethan overcome what fate and life threw at them. A good series to read that gives you hope and shows that there is light at the end of the very dark tunnel.
Reviewed by Shannon
LLEP Review Team