I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My name is Cassidy Porter…

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It's a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

This story. This absolutely beautiful love story. It spoke to me and touched me. The writing was beautiful, almost magical in the way the words wrapped around each other on the page to draw me in. I loved both Cassidy and Brynn. I loved them as individuals, and I’m pretty sure angels sang when they shared their feelings. I felt, yes, I’m telling you, my heart felt both the anguish and pain, as well as the pure joy of both characters. If you want a story that hurts, but also brings happiness…this journey to healing was simply beautiful.

So this started out with getting to know both Brynn and Cassidy on their own. It was only a matter of pages before my heart was squeezing. I don’t even know how that happened as I didn’t even know these characters for very long, but the way the author wrote everything…I was transported and put in their mindset. She made me fully feel how these two were destined to meet.

Without spoiling the story, I will tell you all about my feels. Brynn, the heroine, was such a lost soul and could not seem to move forward after a traumatic loss. She was trying, but failing. She was living life just going through the motions, but she was really a shell of a person. We were with her for her whole journey of finding that purpose, which gave her the courage to move ahead. I loved watching her heart heal and become whole and full.

Cassidy, now if you read the synopsis you know a little bit more about his back story. It was horrific and tragic and I’m not going to lie, there’s a good bit of me that was cringing as I read some of it. My heart broke for that little boy, now a man, and how his whole life was shrouded in shame and fear. However, all the things he was worried about…I knew, yes, I knew he was a good person. I could feel it. I’m telling you, Ms. Regnery writes in a way that you truly know the soul of the characters. It’s glorious! He too deserved a happy ending, and I absolutely loved watching him slowly change to the point where he too had a right to happiness. It was certainly not an easy road, but one that was so very worth traveling down.

The slow burn was amazing. This was romance done oh-so-right. My favorite kind. The one that starts off slow so that every glance, every touch, every breath is special and meaningful. I savored and devoured every single word.

As I was reading I also had a niggling in the back of my mind. Waiting for the other shoe to drop might have been killing me a bit! However, the story was way too good and I had to see how it all played out. HOWEVER, there was a lot I didn’t see coming! Just when I thought I couldn’t love the author more…she surprised me with a fabulous bit at the end. I got closure, I got excitement, I got my HEA!! *throws heart shaped confetti all over the place and makes snow angels in it*

Rec this? YES YES YES YES YES A BILLION MILLION TIMES YES! If you love romance, especially with characters with lots of gritty pasts with loads of baggage, yet enjoy the journey of healing, this is a must for your TBR.

Happy reading!

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