Monday, 17 November 2014

REVIEW - Levi's Ultimatum (Purgatory Masters #2) by Eliza Gayle


In search of someplace to belong…

Levi Hawkins was a typical fun loving, hard partying college student with his whole life in front of him — until one tragic night ripped his world apart and left him adrift with no home or family to return to. After a soul crushing stint in Afghanistan, he spent a decade wandering the globe searching for something or someone to make him whole again. Weary of regret and consumed by loneliness, he puts his heart on the line and turns to the only people still connected to him by blood.

He found an obsession…

A chance encounter at a lakeside cafĂ© puts single mother Tori Ford directly in Levi’s path and he’s ready to stake a claim. She wants to keep her life simple. Work hard, raise her daughter, save some money and one day open the pie shop she’s always dreamed of. She doesn’t need complicated and she certainly doesn’t need a wickedly hot Dominant to take control of her future. Except when he touches her she yearns for the pleasure and passion of submission. But Tori can’t take another heartbreak and she can never trust Levi with her heart or her daughter if he won’t open up about the darkness slowly consuming him.

This is a good read but do not start here.  This series is all about the past impacting the present and has a very strong series story arc which was introduced in book 1, Tucker’s Fall. And no, it’s not resolved in this one, either – but we do get more details and hints in this one. All we really know for sure is something BAD happened in the past which shattered the lives of the participants. The series arc is not resolved but Levi and Tori’s story? Oh yeah, nice ending.

If you like your heroes tortured and little twisted, Levi is the guy for you. But although the whole BDSM thing is an integral part of the story [and definitely steams up the sex scenes], it’s not what the story is about.  I like that. It tells the story of two people who are kinked but not solely about kink. Hannah is a five-year-old who’s willing to share her crayons. Tori is first and foremost a single mom who loves her daughter and bakes the world’s best pies. Levi is a guy who spent the last years of his life running from his past and is now trying to find a future. They all just want to belong.  And they do – to each other, of course, although [inevitably] it takes awhile for that to work out.

It’s a good read and I look forward to the sequels [when hopefully the big secrets will be revealed.]

Purgatory Masters Series:
Tucker’s Fall
Levi's Ultimatum
Mason’s Rule

I received this ARC from NetGalley…

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