Romance, new adult
My name is Cassidy Porter...
My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.
Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.
To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.
I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.
It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.
Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...
I've read a lot of Katy Regnery's books. My favorite are her fairy tale remakes. They're dark and gritty and not for the faint of heart. Going into this, I wasn't too sure I'd like it since it doesn't really seem like her regular stuff. I gave it a chance though.
Cassidy Porter's father murdered girls while he was on the road as a truck driver and it changed his life forever. Seen as nothing but an outcast, his mom move them up to the mountains to live with her dad. There, Cassidy grows up with the looming thought that he's just like his father and has to stay away from everyone, especially women.
He wasn't expecting Brynn, a young woman who's gone through a lot lately. She recently lost someone very dear to her and leaves to the mountains, thinking it will be the closure she needs. She wasn't expecting an innocent, kind, gorgeous man to save her one night, but it kicks off their turbulent romance.
I loved the attraction between these two characters. They could tell the other had been through turmoil and weren't ready to take that step past friendship. They each had demons to get over and knew it wasn't good to start a relationship yet.
But! Being stuck in a cabin in the middle of the woods alone, doesn't make it easy. Eventually, Brynn tells the truth about why she was up in the mountain by herself, prompting Cassidy to become even more worried.
Cassidy is such a sweetheart. He really hasn't had any contact with people besides his grandma and mom, let alone a woman he finds beautiful. He's awkward, unsure, and is quiet in the beginning. He doesn't want to get near Brynn for fear he'll kill her like his father did.
I feel so much for what Brynn has gone through. But along the way, she slowly comes to terms with what happened and moves on, knowing that nothing has to hold her back from this relationship. It's beautiful to read about her transition from a shell-shocked woman to a confident one.
Cassidy's story hurts. How this gentle giant thinks he's capable of hurting anyone is beyond me, but with the prejudice and his own family filling his head with ill thoughts, how can he think differently?
I like that this is all happening in a cabin in the middle of the woods. It's all very romantic yet dangerous and different than other settings.
What I really loved was probably the last 20% or so of the book. It had a major twist I certainly didn't see coming, but it made sense and wasn't too far-fetched.
If you love a light plot with romance but enough turmoil and emotion to keep you gripped in the story and one heck of a plot twist, you'll love this!