On the surface, Taryn Pearson’s life seems perfect. No one sees how her past casts shadows over her present or senses the rage she fights every day to conceal. Total self-control has kept her safe, but it’s also left her isolated. Before transitioning from graduate school to her career as a lab assistant, her aunt urges her to be bold, expand her boundaries, and try something new.
Photographer Rafael de le Sente escaped the barrio and demons of his youth, but he can’t outrun the consequences of his adult actions. Rarely able to separate work from pleasure, his licentious leanings finally cost him his biggest client. Rafael deigns to take on Taryn as a student for a price, proving his professionalism in the process. Almost immediately, he knows he’s doomed. Here is a woman who keeps his interest and tempts his libido. Every lesson further challenges her discipline and his control. Taryn may be just what he’s always longed for – an equal – but letting someone in so closely challenges his nature.
Rafael never wanted love, Taryn never desired a lover, but they’ll need each other to finally bring their lives in to focus. Frame by frame, they move closer to accepting the pull between them. Every camera flash drags more of their pasts into the light, bringing them closer to a photo finish with fate.
This was one of those books where I wasn’t sure if I would like it in the beginning but luckily I did end up liking it.
This was a very emotional roller coaster ride of a book; it takes you all over the place with feelings.
I really did not like Rafael at first, he seemed very shallow and single minded but the more we get into the book we learn it is a facade for him and there is much more to him than he lets on.
I Liked Taryn a lot she is a strong charters that won’t let anything get her down. But like Rafael there is much more to her and her history.
Both main characters have a pretty cruel, violent past and learned to live with it or so they thought, but they learn quickly that there is a different way to deal with it but they are not sure if that is for them even though everyone they know tells them it might be a healthier living.
Like I said it was a pretty emotional ride, as they relive the past, deal with the present and rediscover themselves in a way.
I should mention that this books touches the subjects of sexual abuse and trafficking, while it is not a major part or goes into detail, but it will be discussed in the book and I know some people might be sensitive to the subject so I thought I throw a warning out.
Overall I really liked the book and thought it was a great to follow they journey, the end I thought was both emotional and beautiful.
I rate it at 3 ½ -4★
*I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Will be available March 20th 2015