Rule No. 1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.
This is a love story, one that comes with rules, expectations, and dark shadows. One where the man who challenges me the most is cloaked in deception. I had no choice but to accept the terms, nowhere to run once the clock started ticking.
Donovan Stone was a man few people dared to cross.
He was dark.
He was dominating.
He was so silent that you had to watch him closely to begin to know what he was thinking.
He was my boss, and the man I should have run from the minute I walked into his corporate office.
Like any bad decision, it took time for me to see the truth about the game I’d entered, for me to understand that it wasn’t the stalker in the shadows I should fear, but the man who pulled the strings.
I had no choice.
At least, that’s the lie I told myself to forgive my foolish actions.
And while running as fast as I could through twisted mazes and deceitful games, I understood that the Rules of Engagement were now my life.
Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.
In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.
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Man oh man do I LOVE this author. Every book I have read by her has been fabulous and completely different from the last and this one was no different in that regard. It was probably the tamest book I have ever read by Lily but I was sucked into this story from the first word and I skipped lunch so I could read it straight through. I was just SO SO good.
So deets…I will be a little vague with this review. I don’t want to give anything away that would spoil the plot. The writing was FANTASTIC. The pace was perfect. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. The mystery aspect was well done. I am usually fantastic at sherlocking out the baddies in these type of books, but this one led me on a merry chase. I kept waffling between three people and it wasn’t until very near the end I settled on one. Was I right? Well, I’ll just keep that info to myself. Like I mentioned above, this was a very tame book sex wise. There isn’t any, to be honest and the little bit of action we get is rather PG. Don’t let that put you off though because the story was amazing even without the sexy times. I didn’t find this to be very angsty and there was no OW/OM drama. It had a good cast of secondary characters. Some play bigger roles than others but all of them added some nice depth to the overall story. I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple get books of their own.
Both the main characters were likable and well developed. At first, I wasn’t sure about Mia, she had a very “woe is me” attitude that made me want to smack her. But I soon came to like her character very much. I loved seeing her grow into her own and overcome her past. Donovan. Sexy, brooding and silent Donovan. What can I say? I ADORED his character. He was just an a$$ but you could just see this underneath that a$$hole facade was a decent guy who had his own past to come to grips with.
Last, it was all wrapped up in a good (not great) ending. And here is where it lost a half star for me. The ending felt a little anticlimactic regarding the “stalker” plot. I am not sure what more I wanted, but it all just seemed to be wrapped up a tad bit TOO easily. In any case, even with that tiny issue this was still an amazing book, and yours truly is giving this one two HUGE thumbs up.