It tells the story of Hunter Tennison, the older brother of Sarah, the heroine of Cameron Dane's last book "Becoming Three" in the Quinten series. We already knew that Hunter served in the wars in Afghanistan and Irak and that he hasn't contacted his sister for over a year. We didn't know why but I wasn't really understanding. Now we got to know that Hunter is hurt, outside and mainly inside. He lost so many friends during his army time that he can't deal with the pain and anger anymore. He voluntary isolates himself from everyone, especially people he cares about. Not the best time to be attracted to Alexander Quick. But both parties feel the almost overwhelming pull. But Hunter isn't stable and in order to not hurt anyone he rather hurts himself.
I have read pretty much all books of the Quinten Series. All the heros and heroins have to overcome some serious problems. But this book was a lot darker, almost painful to read. Hunter is only a shell of his former self and tries to function in a world he doesn't care about. At the same time he also doesn't want anyone to know how he feels as he thinks that it his his problem and that he is indeed weak. It was hard for me to read about Hunter. His sister is overly happy that he is back and than he behaves like an ass. And though the reader knows why he is behaving like this, it's still painful to read. That the golden boy, Alex Quick, is fascinated by Hunter seemed odd to me. Of course I know the old saying that opposites attract each other, but still. But we also get to know that Alex is fighting with his own ghosts from the past, which makes the whole "relationship" more even. There are a few very brutal, bloddy scenes in this book, which I didn't enjoy at all. And though I think that the post-war description of Hunter's mind is quite accurate it doesn't make for light entertaining. Overall a very intense read, which I don't want to miss but may not read again.