Plot Summary: In desperate need of protection, Jianne Xang-Bennett reluctantly turns to her estranged husband, martial arts expert Jacob Bennett, for help. But there are problems: they’ve been separated for twelve years and cannot be in the same room together without arguing or ripping each other’s clothes off—often at the same time!
But Jacob will go to extremes for those he loves, and Jianne is the only woman who can bring this honorable warrior to his knees. Can they delve beneath their red-hot desire and blazing anger to find the love that has always been hiding?
And here is Kate’s review:
Okay, got a synopsis? Jianne and Jake married young – and insecure – so it wasn’t a big surprise to either of them with Jianne left. Twelve years have passed, and coincidence (or fate?) has landed them in the same place at the same time. Jianne is in trouble, and she knows Jake can help her, but she’s reluctant to ask. Jake wants to help, but he’s reluctant to let Jianne too close. But danger is everywhere, and they’re both going to have to get over their reluctance and find a way to work things out. And hopefully get it right this time.
What makes it worth reading? Pretty much everything. This was a tight, hot, story, and I was in it from beginning to end. In fact, I stayed up waaay too late last night promising myself that I would go to sleep as soon as I hit the next chapter end, only to find myself turning just one more page.
I don’t normally go in for reunited-couple story – the author has to work really hard to make me believe in the HEA because the couple has already been through the initial excitement, when everything is new and fresh, and what may appear to outsiders to be character flaws are doted upon and adored. There are no rose-coloured glasses, and I have to have reasons why this time, things are going to be different. Kelly did a really good job with this, and I believed fully that both Jake and Jianne had grown into adults and were prepared for their adult relationship. I believed that when things got tough, Jake wasn’t going to play the martyr, and Ji wasn’t going to run away. It was very emotionally satisfying.
Any quibbles? The villain in this piece was a bit too villainous with no real motive for being so (and when we do finally meet him, he didn’t live up to expectation). Also the big drama at the end had a pat resolution that seemed very convenient. But these are nitpicky. See the above answer.
Recommended? Definitely. A press-into-the-hands-of-disbelievers example of excellent category romance.