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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Protective Custody by Wynter Daniels

Protective Custody by Wynter Daniels
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (81 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation

Witness to a murder, but no one will believe her...

Shocked by the brutal crime she witnesses through the window of her small office, Megan Jackson calls the police and is devastated when they question the truth of her story. With no body and no evidence of a crime, she's written off as a nutcase.

Megan suspects the killer saw her face. Terrified, she calls the only person she can trust—her ex-boyfriend and former police officer, Will McCoy.

Despite a devastating breakup, Will jumps at the chance to help the woman who broke his heart. When the killer ramps up the stakes, Will is forced to take her into hiding—where the passion they once shared reignites, deeper and hotter than ever. But can Will keep Megan alive long enough to win back her heart?

Gorgeous businesswoman, Megan Jackson witnesses the brutal murder of a young woman on Halloween. Uninterested, the police believe she saw a practical joke rather than a murder. But someone is stalking and terrorizing her, visiting her grandmother in her nursing home, running her car off the road, and making her life a nightmare. She knows she's in danger, but has a hard time accepting that reality. Finally, having no one to turn to who will believe her, she calls her ex-boyfriend, Will.

Will, an ex-cop, is now a private investigator. He assigns himself as Megan's protector. In order to do this, he moves in with Megan to make sure that she is safe. He is the only one who takes the danger seriously. Competent, handsome and sexy, Will can't keep his hands or his mind off Megan. They have a burning, irresistible sexual attraction that neither can deny. Will, still in love, wants her back.

Megan has been in love with Will since she broke off their relationship quite some time ago. Her grandmother, an old fashioned African American woman, won't accept a mixed race relationship for her granddaughter. Because of this and the racially ugly words Will's mother said to her before Megan decided to end their relationship, Megan doesn't believe that their love can last.

Will was unaware of the mean and hurtful things and was heartbroken when Megan left. He does his best to convince her of his love and that he wants a commitment, but Megan can't let go of her fears and the belief that she would only hurt him again.

This story is packed with interesting characters, plenty of action and several prominent plot twists. I also found the descriptions of the criminals and their lives to be tough, gritty and complex, and sometimes a little too uncomfortable for me to read. The bad guys in this story are really bad and ugly. Convincing: yes. Often harsh: also, yes.

The love story is the saving grace to this intensely powerful tale. Ms. Daniels writes a steaming hot romance that is multi-dimensional and satisfying. I recommend this story for those who don't mind graphic and vivid details of sexual abuse and violence, in keeping with the realistic quality of the storytelling.

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