My copy: Bought with own money
The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.
Sophia was supposed to be a one night stand, but Sam kept coming back for more. He knew he couldn’t tell her the truth about who he was and what he did, but he could have these stolen moments and then walk away. Go back to his real life in the states and not give her another thought. After several nights in her arms he knows his plan is shot to hell. She is unlike any woman he has ever known. She is what he wants. Needs. When his job is done he goes back to find her gone. All traces of the passion they shared gone with her.
It’s been five months since Sophie ran. After double-crossing her family and secretly helping Sam she took off fearing for her life. Leaving Sam was difficult but necessary to keep him safe. Their last night together left a lasting impression though in the form of the baby growing inside her. She can’t keep outrunning her family in her condition and so she goes to the only man she thinks might be able to keep her safe.
When Sophie turns up beaten and pregnant Sam isn’t sure what to think, except that he knows without a doubt he must keep her and his child safe at all costs. She isn’t being completely truthful and he knows there is more to her seemingly innocent story. Trust doesn’t come easy to either of them and finding a way to open themselves up becomes a priority when Sam’s family is threatened. No one messes with the Kelly family. You can’t have love without trust.
Just like the first installment, The Longest Hour, I absolutely loved this book! I went into this book expecting to be wowed again and Maya Banks completely delivered. I found the relationship between Sam and Sophia to be totally believable and heartfelt. Sam’s total alpha attitude in regards to the woman he was falling for and the life of his unborn child was so heartfelt, so real, I didn’t want to put the book down. Seriously, I was up until 2:15am finishing it. I loved the action scenes and the fact that Sophie never backed down when her back was against the wall. That she was willing to sacrifice herself on the belief that Sam would come for her, would believe in her enough to trust her in the end. To know she wasn’t capable of what it looked like on the surface.
There were several times throughout this book that found me in tears. Tears over the love that Sam and Sophie felt. Tears for the life Sophie had to endure at the hands of her sadistic father. And tears for the entire Kelly family when they were faced with a horrible situation and how they prevail. How do you choose between family members? Between the past and the future. Who is more important?
Once again we get to see the extended Kelly family. I am in love with Garrett and since his story, Hidden Away, comes out March 1st, I don’t have to wait to long. He is everything I love in a man. Tall, broad, kinda scary and definitely character flawed…*le sigh*. But underneath all his faults, is a completely in charge, heart of gold man who just needs a woman who is as strong as he is. The Longest Hour and No Place To Run are total lead ups to his story..and I. CAN’T. WAIT. I enjoy the Kelly clan, including their little add-on, Rusty. Rusty’s character is slowly starting to open up and I’m intrigued as to the direction she is going. I still think someday we will get her story. Maybe she will end up with the cop, Sean, since she seems to hate him now. Or a younger Kelly brother…someday….
Unsurprisingly I give No Place To Run by Maya Banks 5 stars!