Maya Augustine needed to disappear—her life depended on it. When her path led her to the middle-of-nowhere Virginia, she found the perfect place to hide. A woman on the run, Maya had no business befriending anyone, let alone allowing herself to become involved with a man … especially after her last experience. Even so, she couldn’t help but become obsessed with the bruised, battered, and beautiful killer who walked into her life.
Grady Cain reached rock bottom. His past finally caught up with him, causing him to lose his edge at work and in life. Spiraling down a desperate path of remorse and guilt, Grady wasn’t expecting his refuge to come in the form of a woman. Day in—day out, she was the only thing he’d allowed himself to think about. To focus on. To consume him.
One was running. The other had nothing to run to. Until these troubled souls crossed paths…And two paths became one.
4 out of 5 stars
Book 2 in the Vines series is about Grady Cain, who works with Crew (from book 1). Grady does security on Crew’s property, and discovered an interest in Addy’s (book 1) new employee, Maya Augustine. He sees Maya run through the vineyard every day, and every day she takes her order at the restaurant, though he doesn’t really talk to her.
Turns out Maya is on the run. She left her family and her ex-fiancé behind in Buffalo, and her past catches up with her. When it does, Grady happens to be at the right place at the right time, and Grady steps in, pretending to be Maya’s boyfriend. Turns out Maya is a physical therapist in New York, and Grady has a shoulder injury – Addy suggests that Maya help rehabilitate Grady’s arm, since he’s a stubborn man who won’t go to the doctor.
Grady has a past. A sad past. He’s shut off from the world, but being with Maya, changes that for him. He becomes obsessed with protecting Maya from her past.
One of the things I didn’t like about this story was Maya’s mother. She was a truly horrible person. Forcing her daughter to marry into a family just because of prestige (in her eyes) is despicable. I liked Maya’s father and brother – they were normal people.
The suspense in the book was told in a believable way. It honestly made the story more interesting. I enjoyed the ending and the book overall.
I’m a big fan of Brynne Asher – I would recommend her Carpino Family series, as well as this series. This book was good, and I would suggest you grab it!