Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city.
She will stop at nothing to end them.
Even if that means becoming a slave again.
Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do. She’s prepared for every complication.
The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart.
Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy.
Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her?
Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?
(ARC provided by author)
Matias Guerra & Camila Dias were connected as children. They grew up together in Austin, Texas & formed an unbreakable bond that turned into a beautiful love. They were meant to be together & were soulmates. Camila was Matias’ whole world & he would do anything to protect her & be with her. After 16 years together, Matias is taken from her by a Columbian cartel.
A year later Camila is abducted to be trained & sold into slavery. After a year of captivity she escapes and makes it her mission to take down slave traffickers & save the innocent. She uses her experiences & knowledge to help others. She works & lives with fellow ex-slave vigilantes who share in her passion for vengeance.
Matias searched for Camila & feared she was dead after she vanished. He felt lost & hollow without her. He mourned her deeply & sought revenge. He now belonged to the Restrepo cartel & lived on a remote site in the Columbian jungle. The cartel was his life, & he became one of them. On his quest to find Camila he shed his innocence for power & was feared by many. He used every resource available to search for her, but felt he had failed her.
One day he gets a call from Camila & he feels like he can finally breathe again. She asks for his help & he gives it without questions. For the next few years he helps her while planning to reunite with her. As much as Camila misses Matias, she’s not sure if she can trust him anymore. The boy she once knew is now a man with a hard edge to his voice, & a mysterious life.
After chasing the Austin trafficking operation for four years, Camila is desperate to end them & comes up with a plan to sell herself as a slave & go undercover from the inside. She is an unbelievably strong woman willing to give up her freedom to save others.
Suddenly she finds herself face to face with the boy who has always owned her heart, except Matias is no longer that boy. Matias is a gorgeous, dominant, ruthless, seductive man. He’s hardened over the years, & done unspeakable things. He was always her sense of security, & now she feared him. She felt vulnerable to him & his secrecy felt like a betrayal. Was he a bad man, a monster, or was he her savior…her Matias? Could he be trusted?
-She could fight her desire, but she couldn’t disclaim their unbreakable bond, one that had taken root so long ago.
-He was the one she’d always fantasized about.
-His allure was so intoxicating it was painful to look at him.
-The intensity of his eyes seemed to say so much more than his words.
-The way he looked at her made her feel treasured. Protected.
-She kissed the boy who haunted her and the man who filled her with dread. And somewhere between the shadows of her past and her future, she surrendered.
Matias had self destructed years ago & became a different person, but the one thing that never changed was his love for Camila. She was everything to him. He did everything with her in mind & his heart still best solely for her. She was happiness to him, & he wanted to have a life with her.
This story has many twists and turns & dark places. It’s exciting, intense & at times we wonder if the dominant Matias is a hero or a villain. This couple shares such a history, but their future is uncertain. So many secrets are hidden & feelings are full of conflict. One minute Matias feels like a complete stranger & the next he feels like home to her.
This book was a thrilling intense read from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. It was my favorite in this series & my favorite I’ve read by this author. This man was 100% alpha. He was sexy, captivating & fiercely devoted. His love for Camila has no limits or boundaries. She owned him heart & soul from the beginning. I really hope we get a book for Tate next!
-He’d waited so fucking long for this, to feel the beat of her heart against his, protected in his home, and held in his arms.
-“I dreamt about waking up with you for as long as I can remember.”
-He knew her mind was fighting this, fighting him, but her body still loved his touch.
-Camila was the only woman he’d ever loved, and he knew- somewhere beneath her campaign to save the free world- she could love him. Him and not the ghost of the boy he’d been.
-“I need you with me, mi vida.”