A favorite author is always a joy to read with the fabulous stories they give us to escape with. It is even more special when they also give us a piece of themselves in a story. The heroine of this book suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia, something the author has dealt with herself. You can feel Dusty’s fears and understand them with the way the author presents them.
This book give’s us Ryan Mallick’s story. He is the third of the five brother’s stories we’ve gotten so far. Even though he is an enforcer for his father’s loansharking business he also has legitimate business too and is pretty much all business. He is not really big on the party scene or having a different woman every night of the week. One thing he had been, is fascinated by his shut in neighbor. He has never spoken to her before but all that changes with a carbon monoxide scare and then with her getting beat up by some bad men that break into her apartment.
Dusty, as I mentioned earlier, was a unique woman who suffered from a couple forms of mental illness. There was no rhyme or reason for why they suddenly took over her life but she had done the best she could to live with them even though it was a lonely existence. She also found herself attracted to her neighbor but never found the courage to act on it until a set of circumstances forced her to and she was surprised that being around him calmed her anxieties.
I appreciated that the majority of the book was Ryan and Dusty getting to know each other and learning about Dusty’s illness. Ryan was the perfect man for her as he was understanding and patient and never bothered by what she could or couldn’t do. Towards the end we do get some action/suspense that involved some of my favorite characters from other her series which I freggin loved! As always looking forward to what’s next from this author..