As a child, Alicia struggled to free herself from the cloying shadow of her mother’s depression and the overprotectiveness of a meddlesome family. Now, with a top-selling fashion design and a passion-filled relationship with New York City real estate mogul Chase Reardon, being an adult isn’t so bad … until she’s viciously attacked by a Russian drug lord out for the blood of anyone that matters to Chase.
Under constant surveillance from family and a team of ex-special-ops Marines, Alicia remains determined to maintain her freedom and grow her fashion brand. This does not sit well with Chase, who considers Alicia’s behavior as much of a threat to her safety as the drug lord himself.
Chase thought his service to the United States ended, but when he’s called to duty overseas, he readily responds. What’s meant to be a simple mission unravels into a dangerous separation for the new lovers.
No matter how independent Alicia thinks she is, nothing could have prepared her for this twist of fate.
Trapped in a web of lethal reprisals from Chase’s past, Alicia struggles to protect herself and those she cares about while grappling with loss, need and the transcendent force of unconditional love.
The deployments challenge the young newlyweds and create tension for a number of characters in the book. Chase has to plan for his wife, Alicia's, safety from the dangerous people from his past, and he won't be there for most of the time.
I rate this book 4 stars, as I did notice a few editing errors which did detract from my enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this book to adults. Disclosure: There are sex scenes as well as some offensive language. This book is written for mature readers.
As a former writer of curriculum and teacher mentor, C.J Pastore has published articles in TESOL Journal and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Essays on the global rights of Children have been published in The Citizen. Captive of a Commoner, Book I in the Commoner series, is her first foray into the world of romance writing.
To learn more about C. J., visit her online at www.cjpastore.com.