Series: Bad For You #2
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Romance, Suspense, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Dark, Contemporary Romance
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He always keeps his promises.
Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves. Forced to abandon her family, and even her own identity, Angelina depends on Haithem as never before. With no more secrets between them, Haithem has become the source of all her needs. Sexually. Emotionally.
But not even Haithem can hide forever.
While they're sneaking across borders, avoiding persecution from everyone who would see Haithem dead and his prototype stolen, the media fascination surrounding Angelina's disappearance continues to mount.
For Angelina, it's a brutal reminder of what she's left behind and the pain she's caused to those who believe her dead or held against her will.
To Haithem, it's a warning: he stands to lose the one person left in his life he loves beyond measure. The hunt won't be called off until his enemies have destroyed him, his life's work and everyone involved—including Angelina.
He has only one choice. He's promised to protect her. And Haithem always keeps his promises.
This is the follow up to the first book in the series, Didn’t I Warn You, and it picks up pretty much where we left off, Angelina being made completely aware of who Haithem is, why is his running, and how dangerous his life is going to be for the foreseeable future. I think the thing that struck me the most when I first started this book is how different these two characters are. In the first book they still had this push and pull dynamic, going from being a captive basically to being two people who fell for each other, so I was more focused on that in the first book. But in this book, I really noticed the striking differences. I mean Angelina is very young, and not just in age, but also in I think maturity as well, her parents are very sheltering and a lot of her life was devoted to her brother who passed away, and she missed out on I think of experiences. On the other side you have Haithem who is older, much more mature, and very comfortable with who he is. He is a very focused man, he is super driven to get this one goal accomplished and he is very fierce in both protecting the woman he has come to love, but also in getting his goal accomplished.
To me while their differences really shined through in this book, together they just worked. Haithem gives Angelina a purpose she really didn’t have before, and really just by simple interactions builds up her confidence in herself and really allows her to discover who she is. I don’t think Angelina would be as strong as she is or have evolved like she does in these books without him, if you remember in the first book she was very kind of just going through the motions of life without really living.
As for Haithem, Angelina really changes the game for him. His purpose in life has been set for some time, he wants to bring this new invention out into the world, not just for the world, but also because it’s something his father worked on. His family was murdered over this, so it makes sense that he is so driven, but he is so driven that he basically casts off anything but that, and in his own is just living by going through the motions to accomplish this one goal. Angelina opens him up again, reminds him that there is more to life and really allows him to feel again, to love her. For me this is most noticeable in the small moments, where she just places her hand on his face and says something simple and it seems to just bring peace to him. I liked that they both did so much for each other, in different ways, but it wasn’t just one sided, it wasn’t just one character coming in and changing the life of another.
The book itself is pretty fast paced I would say, I read it pretty quickly. The pacing really works for the story, after all Haithem and Angelina are on the run and you can almost feel the clock counting down, so I liked that. I liked that you never really knew what was going to happen next, it felt kind of like you needed to keep looking around the corner to see what was coming. These two definitely know how to heat up the page, which is nice, love a little down and dirty in a romance, which also provided some needed down time from the suspense of being on the run. Overall, I liked this book and I would definitely recommend it if you read the first book.
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“Did you do everything I asked?”
Avner’s jaw set. “Of course I did.”
“I needed to ask—” I held his gaze tighter than I’d held his shoulder “—because I need you to look at me now, and tell me that if the time comes you’ll do what has to be done.”
He took a breath, then his jaw pulsed.
There were few people close to me I didn’t fully own. Avner might have been my only true friend. The only man with whom I’d argue. We’d argued about this. He’d refused my requests. Avner had the balls for that. Perhaps that’s what made him so crucial.
“Yeah, I’ll do it.”
My spine relaxed a fraction.
“I still say there are too many things that could go wrong, Haithem.”
My gaze drifted to the door once more.
Yes, there were.
Far too many things that could go wrong with this plan. The one contingency I’d never repeated to Angelina. One that could only work if she never suspected. It’d destroy her, but if we ever found ourselves on that road, that terrible one-way road, we’d already be beyond salvation.
Nothing, no part of all the good I could only hope would vindicate our actions, trumped her.
She had to survive me.
If everything went to hell, I could live in hell, as long as she was all right. She’d never forgive me if I had to go through with this. I’d told too many lies already. Even this planning broke the honesty keeping us together after everything I’d done.
But better to be with and not need, then need and be without.
So I planned for the worst.
“Do you have that other thing I asked for?”
“Right here.” Avner patted his breast pocket.
The door opened, and Angelina stepped through. It took work to keep the air in my lungs. She’d never been sexier. Not because she appeared different—I’d love nothing more than to strip that disguise away—it was the way she looked at me.
Angelina looked at me the way a woman does who knew and owned her own self.
She knew and owned me too.
Yet, I couldn’t help the questions clenching my guts—what had it cost to get us here? How much of her innocence had been lost? And how much more was yet to be broken.