Levi’s Ultimatum (Purgatory Masters #2)
Author: Eliza Gayle
Publisher: Gypsy Ink Books
Date of Publication: July 9, 2013
Levi Hawkins was a typical fun loving, hard partying college student with his whole life in front of him — until one tragic night ripped his world apart and left him adrift with no home or family to return to. After a soul crushing stint in Afghanistan, he spent a decade wandering the globe searching for something or someone to make him whole again. Weary of regret and consumed by loneliness, he puts his heart on the line and turns to the only people still connected to him by blood.
He found an obsession…
A chance encounter at a lakeside café puts single mother Tori Ford directly in Levi’s path and he’s ready to stake a claim. She wants to keep her life simple. Work hard, raise her daughter, save some money and one day open the pie shop she’s always dreamed of. She doesn’t need complicated and she certainly doesn’t need a wickedly hot Dominant to take control of her future. Except when he touches her she yearns for the pleasure and passion of submission. But Tori can’t take another heartbreak and she can never trust Levi with her heart or her daughter if he won’t open up about the darkness slowly consuming him.
Having read the first book in this series, I was quite interested in the second book. Apparently there are several other books set in or around Purgatory prior to this particular series. Based on the strength of these first two books, I may well have to go look up the others.
Levi is a man haunted by his past. He is one of several sons of a notorious evangelist who bilked the public and has spent his lifetime trying to avoid that legacy, traveling the globe, joining the Marines, etc. Finally though he decides to go home and that’s when he runs into Tori and her adorable daughter.
I’m not a big fan of kids in books because a lot of the time they serve no purpose in the plot other than to be adorable moppets but they’re not really important to the story. In this case, the daughter was because of her repulsive father who ends up trying to kidnap her in order to blackmail Levi and his brothers.
Tori is a strong woman. She knows she is submissive, yet acts as a Domme at Purgatory. Levi of course isn’t fooled by that and from the very first scene at Purgatory, wowser, I needed a fan. There was some hot action in this book, and it didn’t even lead to consummation in the early sections of the book. Yeesh.
Poor Levi. Sucks to be him at times, but he was on the right path, going home to face down what he’s spent his lifetime running from. He’s a good man, despite what some might think instinctively just because he’s got some tattoos. Tori certainly didn’t mind the tatts. Heh.
So, yeah. I loved this book and I liked getting to see the couple from the first book continuing on in their relationship. I hope the third one comes out soon! Total 4-star rating here.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.