This is a dark romance that makes you question what you would do in a similar situation. Callie was a senior in college when she had an affair with her professor. He told her the whole time he was divorced from his wife but in reality he only wanted to use her. When she became pregnant he told her to get rid of the baby and pushed her aside. Callie decides to keep the baby and raise him but her family disowns her forcing her to raise the baby on her own. Her sister Shannon comes through and moves in with her to help her raise Charlie. When Charlie is two and a half David, her old professor, decides he and his wife want the baby and fight her for custody. David has a great team of lawyers funded by his wife’s trust fund so Callie must find a good lawyer and fast. She accepts a position as a personal assistant to Gentry, a high powered robotics company CEO, but quickly learns things aren’t always what they seem. Gentry begins using her not only for her mind but for her body as well asking her to do very inappropriate things at the office including attending a work lunch with an old college of his where he touches her under the table while the other man watches. Callie feels she has no choice but to keep the job because it pays so well and she needs the money for the lawyer. What she didn’t expect was to fall for the man at the lunch meeting. Jackson went to college with Gentry and is a robotics genius in his own right but didn’t let the power go to his head like Gentry. He is commanding yet gentle and romantic which is something Callie never let herself believe could be real. As the two get closer Callie decides to leave her job with Gentry and go work for Jackson and possibly explore a relationship with him but Gentry won’t make it easy to leave.
Will Callie be able to leave Gentry and find a future with Jackson? Will she ever get full custody of her son from her ex? Will she be able to hold her own with all the challenges thrown her way or will she be crushed by it all?
This is a very dark book and I won’t lie, I had to skim some parts because it made me feel uncomfortable. I found myself both celebrating with Callie in the happy times and crying with her during her challenges. She goes through what no one should have to go through in this story but when I ask myself if I would do the same to keep my son I found myself answering yes. This is a story of the growth of a young woman. I can’t wait to read the second installment of the story and see her rise like a phoenix from the ashes stronger than ever!
I give this book 5 stars!