My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Light is easy to love. Show me your darkness.” ~R. Queen
When I first saw that L.P. Dover was shaking things up with a romantic suspense or dark romance, I could not help but get excited! I love dark reads as much as I adore swoon-filled stories. Trigger is the latest sensation by L.P. Dover, a delicious dive into danger and darkness, and MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR!
Trigger, like its name, was FAST AND FURIOUS. This riveting romance was a rush, a raging inferno of intensity where I could not turn the pages fast enough. Energy flowed through me like electricity where I could not help but be engaged. The powerful and perilous plot kept me highly tuned and trembling with anticipation. I WAS THOROUGHLY EXCITED, ENGAGED, AND ELECTRIFIED!
Preston Hale is gorgeous, muscular, tall, dark haired and grey-eyed…and also a killer.
“Killing was an addiction I couldn’t let go.”
Known as Trigger, this modern day vigilante rids the streets of the most sinister criminals. This Dark Knight is badass and beautiful, a mix of dark and light who has been to hell and back, surfacing stronger than ever.
“I didn’t give a f**k what people thought. I did what I had to do.”
Killing has become his addiction…his high…his drug.
“It shouldn’t make someone happy to kill another being, but I craved it.”
Until his high before he started killing, Emily ‘Emma’ Turner came back into his life. The beautiful blonde and blue-eyed woman was Preston’s best friend in college, back when life was much simpler…back when he was more light than dark.
“A need sparked deep inside of me. And for the first time in a long time, it wasn’t the need to kill. No, this ran bone deep. I ached to touch her skin, to mark her as my own.”
Emma never forgot the boy, and now very much a man, who she loved in college and still holds her heart today. When their paths cross years later, Preston and Emma still feel the combustive chemistry like during those college years.
“I threw my arms around his neck and pulled him down into a soul-searing kiss, pressing my lips achingly hard against his…He groaned into my mouth, his arms holding me so tight I could barely breathe.”
I felt that kiss, the passion pressing into me from the pages, the kiss that tugged on my heart.
“We can’t do this. If you’re smart, you’ll stay the hell away from me.”
Emma’s love for Preston never died, but this is not the same man who was sweet in college. This man is rough and raw…dark and dangerous…but Emma still can’t help but care for Preston. She’s determined to shine some light into his dark heart, bring back the Preston she knew and loved like no other.
“The Preston I fell in love years ago is still inside you.”
“He doesn’t exist anymore.”
I LOVED Preston, this melt-worthy man of many layers who walks on the edge of darkness but whose heart is pure gold. Preston protects those he loves and risks everything to be their dark hero. Oh what a hero he is who became my hero in this thrilling tale too!!!
Trigger is one deliciously dark and dangerous read, a drug that you need to devour! Trigger ignites with intensity in a tale that wrapped me in a blanket of darkness while, at the same time, slowly showered me with light. This pulse-pounding page-turner kept me on edge, emotions entangled as my heart raced out of my chest. I FELT THIS HIGH, this delicious drug of a story, where I was addicted and aching for more. I still need MORE.
★★★★★ fast and furious stars
A killer . . . that’s what I am.
It’s what I do.
It’s what I live for.
I’m no longer the Preston Hale everyone knew. I left that life and the people in it a long time ago the second I made my first kill. I wasn’t going to give in, but when I heard the screams there was no going back.
It triggered the pain, the need.
I knew what I had to do, and I did it well. But I never expected for Emma Turner – the only link to my past – to come back into my life.
She triggers a different emotion inside me, something I hadn’t ever felt.
It’s not a want to kill . . . but a need to CLAIM.
When I got downstairs to the dining room, Glenn and Wade were already there, speaking to each other in hushed tones by the large window. There were shiny plates on the table, with all sorts of silverware around them. Start from the outside and work your way in, was what I was told when it came to using the various forks and spoons. Give me just one of each and I’d be happy.
It wasn’t long before Glenn noticed me at the door and the conversation ceased. “Emma, you look lovely tonight,” he announced.
I smiled. “Thank you.”
He beckoned me over to the table and Wade held out a seat for me. I sat down and he took the one on the right, while Glenn sat on my left at the head of the table. There was only one other place setting and it was across from me.
“Wine?” Glenn asked, holding up the bottle.
I nodded. “Sure.”
He poured me a glass and I took a sip. It tasted like heaven, all fruity and crisp. It was so good I had to take another sip, and another, while we waited on the special guest. Not even a minute later, the dining room door opened and a man walked in. Only, he wasn’t just anyone.
It’d been eight years and he’d surely changed, but there was no mistaking those gray eyes. His hair was the same light brown, and mussed up like all the guys did their hair these days. However, his body looked totally different. His cream colored, long-sleeve sweater hugged a set of muscular arms, and his face was more rugged, covered in a five o’clock shadow.
I almost choked on my wine. “Oh my God.” Is it really him?
“Emma, are you okay?” Wade asked, his voice low.
“Yeah,” I whispered. “I’m fine.”
I waited for Preston to look at the table, and when his gaze finally caught mine, he paused for a slight second. In his face, I could see the friend I lost so long ago, but it vanished quickly.
Glenn and Wade both stood when Preston approached, and I shot up out of my seat, bumping the table with my jerky movements. Glenn grinned at me and then at Preston. “Preston Hale, I’d like you to meet Emma Turner. She’s my assistant. Emma, this is Preston Hale, a close family friend. His father is one of my dearest friends.”
Preston held out his hand and looked at me as if he’d never laid eyes on me before. “It’s nice to meet you.”
Was he being serious? I shook his hand and made sure to put a little extra squeeze in there for good measure. “Meet me? Surely, you remember who I am.”
Glenn’s eyes went wide. “Wait. You two already know each other?”
I nodded. “From college.” I was about to add before he up and left without a trace, but thought better of it.
Glenn chuckled and smacked a hand on Preston’s shoulder. “Well, isn’t this a small world? You’ll have to tell me some stories on this one.” He nodded my way.
Preston’s jaw clenched. “Can’t. Don’t remember her.”
My mouth dropped open; it was like being punched in the gut and slapped in the face, all at the same time. No words would come out, so I sat there with a lump in my throat. In college, he’d been a close friend. I sang with him in his band, Silent Break. We connected on stage in a way I’d never felt with anyone. I cared about him, and had even been ready to take the next step in our relationship right before he up and disappeared. I never got to tell him how I felt. Now he looked at me as if I was a stranger.
The room fell silent. I wanted to say something, but I bit my tongue. It was going to be the longest dinner of my life.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.
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