Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.
She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.
Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.
Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.
Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?
At Peace begins with Violet meeting her next door neighbor the first time in the four months she's been living in her new neighborhood. It isn't a good meeting. It is intense, and it has Vi a little bit freaked about her neighbor. Even though he's hot, he's a little bit scary. So Vi does her best to stay away from him. But all of that changes when they end up sleeping together. Now Vi doesn't know what to do. She's developing feelings for him, and after he makes it clear it isn't anything more than sex she's not sure she really wants to still be with him. But the heart wants what it wants even when there's a chance you can get hurt. Vi and Cal have a read filled with tons of bumps but eventually they make it there. And Vi comes with two daughters as well. So Cal has to work hard if he's going to be a part of them!
This book was very very good. I'm not sure but maybe even better than the first book in the series. Now I sort of hated Violet at times, but then I forgave her for it. I do think that whole mess with Mike was stupid, and immature of her but she eventually learned. Other than that I thought Cal was a major jerk at first and really not worth the effort. But he proved me wrong as well. These two have tons of hang ups but eventually they find their way together and it's beautiful. I believe that's one of the things I love about KA books. She shows us people aren't perfect, they mess up but that doesn't mean they can't find something beautiful eventually!
I also love Violet's daughters. They were awesome. And one of the things Cal said to them had me in tears. It's beautiful, and it's something that I will never forget! This is a beautiful quote, and I think it says so much about life itself!
"Never bury somethin' deep, baby," He muttered. "Takes twice as much courage to be who you are, say what you think, feel what you feel and let it show then it does to bury it."
And now not only am I looking forward to the next book I'm super excited about Benny's book. I just fell in love with him, and I can not wait to see more of him!