Once upon a time there was a princess with an evil step mother, who wanted her dead, and a prince ready to stand by her side…
Ian Kelly never thought he’d see her again. The woman who ran out on him after some of the hottest sex of his life. Taylor Carter. He knows a damsel in distress when he sees one, but Taylor doesn’t want saving.
Taylor only meant to do the right thing. Now she’s on the run from her mafia step-mother and her best friend might be dead. Even the FBI has turned on her, and the only person in her corner is a hot Irishman with a nose for danger.
Ian can’t turn his back on Taylor, not when his gut tells him she’s an innocent in a den of thieves. Soon enough her past comes calling, and it’ll take more than true love’s kiss to fix Taylor’s problems.
From the moment Ian accepted the job to determine where the threats to George Wachtel are coming from, he knew it would be an impossible task. All his employees have records, well except for one and also the man didn’t seem to care. On the other hand there was Taylor, the woman who ran out on him after a night of unforgettable sex. She was the nanny and sort of George’s assistant. She’s hiding something the question is what.
Taylor has a lot of things to hide not the least of which is the threat was meant for her. She wasn’t going to be forthcoming to anyone. Trust is not something she has in people. Too many of them have left her or died for her to even consider trust in anyone or anything.
This is a favorite scene where Ian tries to convince her to open up.
On the run from her family. Turned on by the FBI. And what little she had went to paying off the rats who would eventually turn on her. If things could get worse, she hoped she didn’t survive that long. A surprise execution would be a mercy at this point.
“Maybe you think there’s nowhere for you to go, but I promise you there is. Whatever’s goin’ on, I can help you.”
Taylor closed her eyes.
She’d heard those words before from a well-meaning twenty year old.
Her ex-husband was like Ian. He’d wanted to rescue her, and she’d thrown herself at the first Prince Charming with dented armor and a lame horse. What a mistake that’d been. No, she had to save herself. Which meant using whatever came her way.
Ian was a man with the means and drive to protect.
Her conscience said to push him away for his own good. Because that was the right thing to do. But that sort of thinking was what had gotten her into trouble in the first place. If she were being as cutthroat as she needed to be, she’d use Ian. She’d let him think he was saving her, and the whole time, she’d use his good intentions to build her a boat out of this mess.
God, she knew what she should do, what the easy way was, and yet…this would destroy her a bit more. Was her life worth it? She still had the building blocks for a case that would bring down not only her family, but others. But who could she trust? Not the FBI. Not the cops. She’d tried those already.
He should have remained her bit of midnight comfort. She’d gone out that night looking for someone to hold her, to chase away the shadows, and she’d found him. An Irishman with an easy smile, rough hands and a quick laugh.
Ian didn’t know what she was, that she was worse than George or any of his thugs by the simple virtue of her bloodline. “I still want to call you Anne.” He chuckled. “Guess it wasn’t a total lie.”
“Anne was my mother’s middle name.”
“Yeah? She wonderin’ where you are?”
“Me, too.” Taylor didn’t want to end up like her mother, which meant she had to do what she didn’t want to. Taylor had never understood the Catch 22 she grew up in until now. To keep the sister no one knew about safe, and to buy a little time, Taylor would have to seduce Ian. Blind him to the truth, until Taylor could get away.
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From here the plot thickens, as Ian tries to gain Taylor’s trust and bring down George at the same time. Mostly for the safety of Stacey, George’s child.
A fun read with the origin of the Alpha Prince title. Tension, and the betrayal of family to save oneself.
I couldn’t put it down, waiting for the other shoe to fall. I look forward to the next book in this series.
5 Contented Purrs for Sidney!
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It can never be said that NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, tattoo addict and board game enthusiast. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents.
Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she spends her time writing, reading, hunting Pokemon, playing board games and catering to her furry overlords, aka the cats.