Peyton Callaghan is a fighter, a survivor, a warrior. When it was kill or be killed, she didn’t hesitate. Now, she’s the only one left standing, haunted by the ghost of a dead man and plagued with the guilt of having taken another person’s life. The upheaval of her life to start over in Rock Falls has been rocky at best, her worst nightmares and wildest desires colliding with each other. Terror tortures her nightly, breeding fear inside her dreams, and in every waking moment, she fights against the lust that threatens to drown her.
Jayden King harbors secrets beneath his outward playboy demeanor. The women who warm his bed lay claim to nothing—you can’t lay claim to someone who doesn’t have a heart. His wit and charm are exquisite means of deflection and distraction from the turmoil roaring inside him. He’s hidden in plain sight, a mask of humor keeping the sadness at bay. The only real reflections of his soul are in the artwork he creates, pieces of him muraled on the skin of others. If tattoo artists could have a calling card, the etch of pain and suffering in each design would be his. Because when the lights go out and the women he’s satisfied have gone home, he’s alone with every fear he refuses to face.
After suffering from a brutal attack at the hands of her roommate’s stalker, Peyton is forced to live with the object of her affection. Without intention, she breathes love into his starved heart, and although the mere thought of that terrifies him, Jayden would burn the city down to keep her safe, causalities be damned.
Some people you have. Some people you hold.
She can have him. She can hold him. But can she keep King? Or is it impossible for Callaghan to keep something that was never really hers to begin with?
Can be read as a standalone or as part of the Rock Falls series.
Review by Amanda
Keeping King is book number 4 in Anne Jolin's Rock Fall Series. Although each book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the other boooks in the series - as characters appear throughout and it helps to have their backstory.
This book focuses on Peyton and Jayden. Peyton has been crushing on the elusive Jayden for the last two years. She is drawn to him, but he doesn't seem to know she exists. Peyton is quiet and introverted, and although her and Jayden are part of the same group of friends their interactions have been few and far between. She clams up whenever he is near her, and he always seems to have a girl du jour hanging off of his arm whenever they are out in a social situation.
Peyton is running from the ghosts of her past. She has managed to keep all her secrets well hidden amongst her friends. Beth has an idea because of Peyton's horrific nightmares, but the rest are none the wiser. She guards her privacy and although over the last two years she has started to open up, she is still a loner for the most part.
Jayden is also trying to recover from the pain of his past. He hides himself behind wild weekends of drinking and women. He is physically attracted to Peyton but has forced himself to stay away. He prefers to spend his nights with women that mean nothing. He is the epitome of a bad boy - covered in tattoos, a no care attitude (which covers a heart of gold), perfect hair and full of witty one liners.
A horrible event means that Peyton is no longer safe at home, Jayden rushes to her side and insists that she stays with him. Is this what the two have been waiting for to push them together? Will they finally be able to share the dark and haunting secrets of their pasts? Will they feel enough for one another for the past to remain in the past.
I really love this series - it has everything that you could possibly want in a book: Hot men, strong women, angsty situations, smoking hot sex scenes and of course love. This book again epitomises that. Keeping King gets 4 sultry stars from me.
I loved the leading characters that were both so fractured and fragile - who were too scared to show the other how they felt for fear that their pasts would come crashing down on their heads. I loved how protective and caveman like Jayden was. I loved how he loved Peyton - it was breathtaking.
I also really enjoyed that we got to see the characters from the other books, it felt like catching up with long lost friends.
The book ends on a cliffhanger though - and it is going to leave you absolutely salivating for the next book in the series, which is set to focus on Jackson! Anne Jolin certainly knows how to keep us gripped, and I am so looking forward to what she does next.
Meet Anne Jolin
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
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