Author- Lisa Eugene
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All she needed was a job…
The last thing twenty-four year old grad student Angie Roberts needs is to worry about her new boss’s father. After all, she’s never even seen him. He remains sequestered upstairs in a house that looks like it should be the main feature in an episode of Hoarders. She had no idea the house was such a dump when she took the job. But she’s concerned about the safety and health of the old man living under such horrid conditions.
What she got was a mystery…
Despite warnings not to venture upstairs, she wanders up to the second floor. What she sees is shocking. The man she finds is a gorgeous, sexy, middle-aged man– and he’s stepping out of the shower. But something is definitely not right. Why would this wealthy, handsome man live in a house in such disrepair while his nine-teen year old son resides in a lavish pent-house? Why does he hide away from society? Why does he come to her rescue and then run away?
What she discovered was heartbreaking…
Angie learns that forty-four year old Grayson Whitmore suffers from schiz-ophrenia. Paranoid, he retreats into his own world.
What she ended up with was a treasure…
Angie is determined to get through to Grayson. They form a friendship that blazes into an inconceivable love fired with raging passion. Angie must now come to Grayson’s rescue because the wicked that has been perpetrated on him is unconscionable. First, though, she must gain the trust of a man whose mind does not allow for such a thing.
Rating- 5 Gems!
Angie is a smart and tough 24 year old who knows what she wants out of life. If an effort to make extra cash she answers an ad for a part time job- not only does she already have nursing shifts but she is also attending classes but she needs the extra cash for rent and to send some money to her parents. Little does she know her life is about to change drastically.
Charles is your typical spoiled rich boy. He hires Angie to Clean out his father’s disaster of a house. When Angie arrives at his door for an interview all he sees is another girl to add to his collection. He wants her, she says he can’t have her but he’s never taken no for an answer.
Grayson who is Charles’ father suffers from schizophrenia and is a recluse. He’s lost so much to his illness including his freedom. Until a beautiful stranger his son has hired walks into his house and begins stirring things up. He is overcome with feeling he hasn’t felt since his wife passed. He tries to keep her out and push her away but Angie is stubborn and refuses to give up on him.
I fell head over heels in love with this story and Grayson. This is so well written and the plot isn’t insta-love which can sometimes be annoying and unbelievable. Angie is the kind of heroine you want to read about. She is smart, funny and doesn’t take anyone’s shit.
I loved how the story was built and the love that Grayson has for Angie isn’t overpowering or demanding in typical romance fashion. This story is real and heart wrenching when we are given a peek into Grayson’s mind and illness.
This book brings an awareness to mental illness that we don’t often see. Grayson isn’t made to look like a loon or incompetent. He is smart. funny and fully aware of his illness and shortcomings because of his illness but he is also able to overcome them. The author is a nurse and is able to use her experience to create this very realistic world.
I just can’t recommend this book enough is it a wonderful must read!
Early Sunday morning, I found him upstairs in the room with the books. They were piled all around him as he scratched at something on the floor with an old shovel. The room was saturated with an early morning chill, so thick I could feel it seeping through my skin. I hugged my torso, scrubbing my palms up and down my arms. I approached him hesitantly and asked what he was doing. My heart was in my throat because I never knew what to expect with Grayson. He stopped and leaned against the handle, his cloudy gaze finding my face. He was fully dressed. He must have gotten dressed again after we’d made love earlier.
“Digging,” he acknowledged casually. “Digging a trap.”
I swallowed hard, emotion stacking like bricks in my chest. I shook my head, my mind grasping for purchase, trying to understand. “For what, Grayson?”
“Danger. I have to be prepared. I have to protect us. I have to protect the house.”
I reached out a hand, trying to keep it steady. “You’re safe, Grayson.”
His gaze shifted to my proffered hand, but he didn’t move. He didn’t believe me. Fear and skepticism drew a roadmap of worry on his face. His jaw squared and he tightened his lips into a brittle line. I watched his body uncurl as he grabbed the shovel and silently started scraping at the floor again. That’s when I saw it. There was a large, jagged crater in the dusty wood that must have been covered up by the scattered books. It was directly over the small cracks I’d seen in the ceiling downstairs, the network of spider veins I’d noticed soon after starting here. I wondered how long he’d been working at this trap. I could already see exposed beams and fluffy insulation. If he kept this up, eventually he’d put a hole right through the wood floor.
“Go back to bed, Angie.”
“I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying with you, Grayson,” I said sternly, plopping myself down on the floor next to him.
He stopped again and stared at me, his blue eyes almost cobalt in the gray dawn. His hair was a loose mane framing his face, giving him an unruly look. “You’ll be tired. You haven’t gotten much sleep.”
I squeezed my eyes shut, hurting, thinking of the reason I’d been up most of the night. We’d held each other, made exquisite love, bathed in a temporary utopia where I could pretend he was okay.
But Grayson wasn’t okay, and as I spent more time with him, I realized the extent of his fractured thoughts. My Grayson was funny and brilliant. My Grayson was tender and passionate. My Grayson could melt my heart with the tiniest smile. But this man, too, was my Grayson, a man who was sometimes out of touch with reality, who lived in the distorted world concocted by his brain. It was a world of doubt, fear, and distrust.
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When she’s not plotting her next dangerous, fast-paced, sexy adventure, you can find her juggling a full-time job, playing soccer mom, or curled up reading a good romance. Lisa loves hearing from fans; be sure to connect with her on Twitter at @lisaeugene43, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.