What a surprise this book was!
Just reading the synopsis had me hooked. Tall, Dark & Lonely
is one of the best PNR stories I’ve read in a while and Ephraim…
Madison: "For as long as you want me, Madison, I am your man."
Madison has been in charge of taking care of her siblings for most of her life. But now, she’s finally got a good job and is ready to give her brother and sister a better life.
Then their mother shows back up and a change of plans has them moving to New Hampshire where they plan to stay with their grandmother in her boarding house. Things are still looking down with a slutty sister, no hot water, and an sexy, yet obnoxious, neighbor.
Ephraim has learned the hard way that nothing ever last so why go through the trouble of caring? It’s a wasted effort when they end up dying and he’s left behind. He stopped caring about everything years ago. The pain didn’t bother him, the hunger even less. They had become his friends, his companions. In an odd way he’d come to depend on the pain to make him feel alive.
He makes it a point to keep people out but a run-in with Madison has him testing his control. He’d love nothing more than to sink his teeth into her (and some other things)*cough* and when she learns he’s hiding something, she becomes determined to stick by him and uncover his secret. For the first time in his life he didn’t just want sex with a woman. He wanted all of her.
Let’s start off with the family situation. I hated the mom.
Hated, hated, hated
her. I swear, I just wanted to shove my head through a wall every time I heard one of her sob stories.
Madison was a favorite of mine. She was a strong, independent woman who really cared about her family. They always came first for her and that was something I respected.
One thing I was surprised that I liked was the little game that she played with Ephraim. Usually, I just want to through the characters together and get the good stuff going but in this instance, I enjoyed the teasing and all that sexual tension.
Ephraim… Oh my, what an alpha male!
I couldn’t get enough of him. There was a perfect balance of bossy, alpha male-ness, and the sweet, caring side of him. He was hot, hot, hot
, which made for some steamy
scenes. “The first thing you should know, once I put my cock in you I’m not going to stop fucking you until my dick explodes inside of you.”
“And the second?”
“The second thing, Madison, is that I am head over heels in love with you,”
From the romance to the drama and humor, I loved every second of this book. Everything that I was looking for was here and I couldn’t have been more pleased. “You are mine, Madison. You’ve always been mine. You just didn’t know it and neither did I, but you’re mine, sweetheart, all mine and I’m never going to let you go.”