Author: SC Daiko
Genre: Contemporary Romance /Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cover design RBA Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguilar
Arrogant, bad-mannered, and reclusive.
They call him the Brute.
I should stay away from him…
except I can’t.
Not when he reveals his brokenness,
and I glimpse the pain in his eyes.
Not when his touch unravels me,
and the heat between us could set the oceans alight.
But play with fire, and you will get burned.
A fragile heart can easily be broken again.
A new standalone contemporary romance from award-winning international bestselling author SC Daiko… a beautiful love story with plenty of heat and angst.
I leave him to it and stride on ahead, knowing he’ll catch up in good time. Soon I come to a glade where the trees have been thinned out. Oh shit, standing in the middle of the clearing is Daniel. He’s bare-chested and dressed in running shorts, doing stretching exercises braced against a fallen tree trunk.
I slow my footsteps, treading quietly on mouldy old leaves, and rake my gaze over him. His thick almost-black hair is dripping sweat; it falls down his face and the back of his solid neck. His beard is unkept and wild-looking. But it’s his powerful body that mesmerises me and I study the tats on his muscular arms, tempted to get closer for a better look. God, he’s beautiful, I suddenly realise. Beautiful but freaking scary at the same time.
I release a slow breath. Stop it, Cat. You shouldn’t be looking at him that way. The man in front of you is a brute. You need to keep your distance from him.
Slowly, my heart pounding against my ribcage, I turn around and prepare to make my way back down the path. Except, Toby comes bounding up and starts to bark.
Daniel freezes on the spot. His eyes crash into mine, and if I was scared before now I’m practically peeing myself. He straightens himself to his full height, still glaring at me, not saying a word.
Toby keeps barking, but he’s also wagging his tail. I grab hold of his collar and fasten the lead. “Sorry to disturb you.” I bite at my lips. “We’ll get out of your way.”
He arches an eyebrow. “So, you weren’t following me?”
“Oh, God, no. We were just going for a walk.”
I’m still staring at his tats, trying to decipher the intricate patterns. He catches my gaze, and I feel my face burning up.
“Get on with your walk, then,” he says through gritted teeth. “Leave me alone.”
My fingernails dig into the palms of my hands. “No need to be bad-mannered.”
He crosses his arms in front of his broad chest and lets out an edgy laugh.
“You are a prick,” I spin around, “the rudest man I’ve ever met.”
He laughs again and keeps laughing mockingly as I stride off down the pathway, Toby at my heel
Review by: Jennifer
Catrin is very happy with the new place that she and her daughter have moved into. The only thing she would change would be that brute of a neighbor, although his little boy is cute. After a few encounters with Daniel, Catrin can only sum up that he has the body of a god and he makes her hot, but he is down right rude and a bit of a pr*ck. Daniel has made himself a recluse; making sure that his son is safe is Daniel's first priority, he doesn't have time for the new neighbor, even if she makes him feel again. What happens when the gloves come off and Daniel is done hiding?
This story has some layers, you think you're only getting a single dad story, but this has soo much more going on. LOVED the sexy times! The drama was on point, and a bit of danger thrown in to make it interesting. I give this 4 stars.
SC Daiko, aka Siobhan (pronounced Shivawn), is an award-winning, international bestselling contemporary romance author. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Italy with her husband and two cats.