Watching Mine by Alex Grayson is the Third book in "The Consumed" series. This is the story of Nathan and Emberleigh.
I have not yet the previous books in this series so for me this is a standalone book.
Nathan likes to watch people in intimate encounters....he is labeled a voyeur. A few years ago he happens to see his neighbor out of his window having a sexual encounter. Nathan from then on watched her for a few years although he didn't see her bring back a man to her apartment again. But every Tuesday he gets a show from her that he enjoys. But when he happens to meet his neighbor, Emberleigh he finds that he wants to be more active in his encounters with her. Nathan is no longer happy to just watch her from a far. Emberleigh has some darkness in her past and being with Nathan helps to bring that out to deal with it. This book does have a few twist and one that I found hard to put down. I will be looking for more book by this author.
Mac and Mia's story is a second chance romance that was a long time coming and for a small town, Jaded Hollow is certainly full of secrets. While ten years going by without anyone finding out what broke this pair up requires a bit of suspension of belief, Mac and Mia are so good together that you can't help but root for them. The story is well-written and the author has a writing style that quickly pulls you into the lives of the people of Jaded Hollow. From Bailey's continuing to come out of her protective shell, to Nick dealing with his loss and Andrew's quirky, fun-loving flirtations, even the secondary characters are endearing and interesting, making this reader want to know more about them. Mac and Mia's journey back to each other is filled with angst that is quite dark in its nature, but with love and trust, there comes a ray of light in that darkness. Reclaim Me is more than just a romance, it's a tale of family, love, loss, and finally hope.
Shatter Me is dark, disturbing, and hopeful. That sounds like a strange combination, but those most accurately describe the overall feel of the story for me. Bailey's story starts when she's on the run from a truly vile man, one who is also her husband. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks, mostly in the form of nightmares, of the horrendous abuse and torture that she suffered at Steven's hand. Add to that the abuse she endured during her childhood, and many parts of this one are absolutely heart-wrenching. The hope comes in when she lands in Jaded Hollow, Ohio and quickly becomes enmeshed in the lives of the people there.
There were a few things that require a certain suspension of belief, like how she so easily trusts Jaxon and how no one ever questioned Steven's actions, but this is fiction, after all, and some liberties can be allowed to keep a story moving along.
Shatter Me is very emotional and those emotions do come across vividly. The characters are interesting and well-written, stirring feelings that make you want to root for them or see them get their just desserts, depending on the character.
Overall, the author has painted a picture of small-town, America, with people that are willing to help others. Jaxon and his friends and family give Bailey that hope that she so desperately needs in her life and I will be checking out the next book in the series - I'm dying to know what's up with Mia and Mack.
I can't think of the last time a book held me so completely riveted. Parts of this story were very graphic that they were truly hard to read and both terrifying and heart wrenching, particularly when the abuse is detailed, but at the same time, I couldn't stop reading. I had to know who Doe was and if Niko found the resolution he sought. The book is wonderfully written and so well done that it was easy to see myself, right there, watching it all play out. With its whiplash inducing twists and horrifying acts of a madman that is so much scarier than any of the things that go bump in the night. This is one tale that will stick with me and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre. Wilson and Grayson make a great team and are certainly authors to watch.