Axel by Harper Sloan (Corps Security #1)

Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch. Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband. When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Axel is a TOTAL alpha male!  Holy cow.

This book has been on my to read shelf for a while now, and I noticed someone in one of my goodreads groups read it and liked it, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  Am I glad I did!

The book starts off with Izzy, who is 17 and madly in love with her boyfriend, Axel.  Axel goes to the Marines and leaves Izzy behind.  Izzy is told, soon after losing her parents in a car crash, that Axel had died as well.  At that point, she was living with her grandparents in North Carolina and had no way of getting in touch with Axel.

In the years following, she meets Brandon, her husband, and things are great at first.  Then he changes, and abuse starts.  I will warn you there is quite a bit of abuse in this book (not rape, just physical abuse, not that that is any better).  Izzy is beaten so bad she ends up in the hospital and finally decides to leave her husband.

Two years later, she is living in another state, with her best friends, when she runs straight into Axel.  Izzy FREAKS out.  Axel, in the meantime, has spent the last 12 years thinking Izzy left him and is SUPER pissed off at her.  They have no idea what happened that ruined the past 12 years, and they have to learn to deal with each other, since Axel has been hired to provide security from Izzy, who is still dealing with her psycho husband.

Aside from the abuse that happens in this book, I loved it.  Izzy, for being a victim of abuse, was a really strong woman.  And Axel – holy shit, Axel.  What an alpha.  He makes some Kristen Ashley alphas look meek!  Super steamy sex scenes, likable characters and soft, tender moments make Axel a must read.

Happy reading.

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