Shell-shocked after a nightmarish school shooting, Amalie Pope retreats to an aging plantation house near Bordelaise, Louisiana, to heal, physically and emotionally. She's there barely an hour when a tornado rips through bayou country, mercifully leaving the house intact. She's stranded, but unafraid -- until a knock on the door.
Four escaped prisoners barge inside, and in an instant Amalie is a hostage again. These men are wounded, desperate and dangerous -- with one exception. Undercover DEA operative Nick Aroyo is on the run with the gang he's infiltrated. The only thing he wants more than this collar is to protect fragile, frightened Amalie, who has surrendered herself to his care, body, soul...and heart. But he'll have to play the thug in order to keep her -- and his secret -- safe, because even though the storm has passed, the danger remains....
This was a good book, and the third in a series. It does stand alone though. Amalie goes from a horrific day at school, taking a bullet for a student back to her hometown of Bordelaise to recover at the place her grandmother left her. Just as she gets settled, a tornado comes through the town and four escaped prisoners barge into her house! Nick is an undercover cop and one of the four prisoners. Now he has to keep both he and Amalie alive despite the other three prisoners and their attraction.
Amalie is a very compassionate, caring person. Though she is the ‘prisoner’ in this situation and recovering from her own injury, she takes care of the criminal that is injured. I like that this book shows the love the two brothers (two of the criminals) have for each other and how they would do anything for each other. Nick is a good guy and a caretaker. He is protective of Amalie from the beginning and their attraction is ill timed for him but inescapable!
I rate this book a 4/5. It is definitely a good read, as is the rest of this series.
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