Reviewed by Dahlia
Into his life she came—wanting…willing…wanton.
It’s no ordinary morning when Toni arrives at Zach’s garage. Flat broke, with a past she won’t share, Toni is instantly taken by such a potently virile man. Direct and unashamed, she tells him she’s a motorcycle performance artist who needs work and knows motors.
Zach knows women, and Toni is unlike any he’s met. Lushly sensuous, exceedingly assured, she’d easily be his match in business and bed. A provocative challenge that stirs him as nothing has since losing his wife. A chance he’s reluctant to take. He offers no more than a month’s employment then she’ll have to be on her way.
The hours tick by. Each word and glance intensifies their escalating desire, forcing them to surrender to passion and Toni’s need for Zach’s dominance. Driven by carnal hunger, conquered by yearning, they face the unforeseen truth of Toni’s past and a future neither of them expected.
She came into his life on a gust of wind, full of vibrancy and a claim that she is a damn good mechanic. She ended up rocking his world and changing his life.
Toni lives in and for the moment. She’s a motorcycle performance artist traveling the circuit across the country. The lifestyle she’s become accustomed to isn’t exactly one she would have chosen, but she played the hand she was dealt. It can be sometimes an unforgiving, harsh life, but with the help of the couple she’s adopted as her family, she makes due and gives back more.
Zach has been living on the edge of loneliness now for the past two years. Since the passing of his late wife, he won’t admit to needing someone. He prefers to just go about his business with his garage and dealing with the physical pain he’s had to endure since the accident. Anything else is inconsequential and beyond his emotional capability… or so he thought.
A proposition is made and a deadline is set. The challenge is to just live for and enjoy the moment together, but they soon both realize it’s not enough. While Toni is able to discover the truth at the heart of Zach’s pain, Zach has to do a little more digging with some professional help. He can’t seem to stop the need to know more about her no matter how much he reprimanded himself earlier to be emotionally distant and just take what she was physically offering.
Behind Toni’s confident exterior is a woman who believes she doesn’t deserve some of the best things life has to offer simply because of how she’s lived her life thus far. She’s the complete opposite of what Zach’s used to, yet in many ways she’s exactly what Zach needs. Zach is much the same, thinking that there is no way a woman as wildly free as Toni would consider settling down with him. They become very observant of one another, gaining what little information they can because essentially they’re still strangers.
The emotional distance creates a roadblock in their intimacy. They’ve both been hurt before and have no desire to reopen some of those old wounds, yet the easy one-month job proposition and carefree sex doesn’t seem quite so easy or carefree anymore without the constant worry of what the foreseeable future might hold. They just continue to mask their feelings and move on, neither one gutsy enough to make the first bold move, yet they both fear losing the other.
Ms. Donahue has a beautiful way with words that allows readers to be taken on a journey and visualize everything as it is meant to be pictured. The detailing balance is captured perfectly without being unimportant or redundant. The reader will get a good feel for the quaint, charming town of Indulgence as well as the characters. Zach and Toni are frustrating and endearing characters at the same time. I was immediately able to liken some of their personality traits to my own making me feel connected and committed to the characters. The story flowed very nicely with lots of boiling tension all leading up to an emotionally explosive finale, just be aware to keep the tissues close while reading. The sex scenes are pleasurably creative and hot, hot, HOT! There were little problems here and there with the editing, but otherwise this story is incredible.
If you’re a stranger to the wonderful work of Ms. Donahue then make sure to check out Sensual Stranger and get yourself familiar with this amazing author!