Heart of Darkness by Gabi Moore
Length: 214 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Zack Hunter is a former military man who has been hardened by war & prison time. He’s a rough guy and he needs a woman who can handle him. Not a sweet veterinarian who is timid and shy with an ex-boyfriend from hell.
Madeleine ‘Maddy’ Bright hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to men. So it’s quite surprising when she signs up for a inmate dating website. The connection between her and Zack is instant, hot, and might be just what they both need to move on from their pasts.
This book was a quick read. I really liked Maddy’s character because you don’t often think of shy, timid women being with rough and tough men like Zack. She obviously had it rough with her last boyfriend so seeing her connect with Zack so quickly was kind of actually kind of sweet. I’ve read one previous book by Gabi Moore and I was a fan of that one because it was different and unexpected. The main characters in this one are unexpected as well. At least Maddy is. Zack is a bad boy, so he’s rough and hard – inside & out. But Maddy is sweet and wholesome – but only in public. In private, when it is just her and Zack, she is almost a completely different person; I don’t want to give too much away but there is definite heat in this book – be prepared with something to cool you down 😉
There are some sensitive subjects in this book – PTSD and domestic violence. PTSD is such a big deal in veterans (and non-veterans too, but Zack is a vet so that’s why I mentioned them) and is hard to deal with for the person who is struggling with it, as well as anyone they might have relationships with. The author did an awesome job showcasing the struggle that most couples go through whenever there are inner demons on both sides.