Monday, 27 January 2014

Worn Me Down by Tara Sivec


“Worn me down like a road. I did everything you told. Worn me down to my knees. I did everything to please.”

Austin Conrad has never taken his personal life seriously. As a Navy SEAL, he spends all of his time in dangerous, life-threatening situations. The only way to leave behind the horrors he’s seen throughout his career, is to turn it all off when he gets home. He’s too much of a playboy to settle down; even if he did find a woman he could stand to be around for more than one night, he would never taint her life with the demons of his past.

When his best friend and SEAL team member, Brady Marshall asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister, Gwen, Austin figures it will be a walk in the park. The only thing Austin likes more than flirting his way under a beautiful woman’s skin, is walking away with a smile on his face. Austin never expects that the single mom and her little girl will be the ones getting under his skin.

Gwen Stratford knows all too well about living in a nightmare. After taking her daughter and fleeing from her abusive husband in the middle of the night several months ago, she’s worked hard to get her life back on track and forget about the man who tried to break her. Growing up under the iron thumb of her parents and then moving right on with a man who ruled their marriage with his fists, Gwen is finally able to breathe and live her life the way she wants.

When scary, mysterious things begin to happen to Gwen and her daughter, she realizes you can never outrun your past; it always has a way of catching up with you. As she struggles with the desire to keep her newfound independence, she knows she won’t be able to protect herself and her child alone. She’ll need to lean on the one man who drives her crazy.

Can Gwen really put her trust in a man who thinks life is one big joke, or will he be just another man in her life who tries to wear her down?


After A Beautiful Lie this is far by my favourite book of the Playing with Fire series. It's a deeply emotional book that shows how women, who've overcome domestic violence and abuse, get out as an even stronger woman. When they have lived and breathed that type of life its hard for the smartest woman to know when they need to get out. Eventually they will die a slow death as days go on. Whether its their partner killing them in the end or its because you give up. 

Gwen couldn't afford to give up because she has this little angel of hers that she couldn't leave in this hell she has been living in and gets the hell out. Goes to her brother who've she hasn't spoken to ever since he left home hoping he takes her in and he does. But she's an independent and strong woman who works so hard in order to give her daughter the best. 

Than there is Austin who've had a very hard life growing up and being a SEAL is the best thing that happened to him, going into dangerous situations and making changes is his life. He doesn't want it any other way. After his friend asks him a favour to look after his sister while he is gone, he says yes thinking its going to be easy job and getting under Gwen's skin is something he thoroughly enjoys however everything isn't as what he thought it would be like and the tables turn. From easy it went into a life threatening situation. He has to protect Gwen and her daughter with everything in him. Or he might lose so much more than he bargained for. 

I love Austin so much! He was an amazing character and just what Gwen needed. What they were running away from is what they really need. 

Gwen's daughter Emma is adorable. I want to hug and kiss that little girl. She is the cutest little angel and having her in this book made it even more better because that little girl is a little lady in hiding  who brought humor in to the story and shined it! 

Emma's friendship with Austin just showed what kind of man Austin is. It is said the kids and dogs can judge a good character right away and that's what Emma did. Man did she nail it. 

This book gave us the best of the worlds because we see Brady again (YAY!) just for a brief period and get to know what's happening with Layla and Brady after Because of You.

Beautifully written. So many feels. Just the right amount of humour and suspense. Kept me at the edge and Austin and Gwen's relationship was intense, beautiful, emotional and perrfffeecctttt!!! <3

Tara Sivec's book are fantabulous! I just don't have the right amount of words to describe how much I LOVED it! 



Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec. 
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