Wow…what a roller coaster ride this second installment turned out to be! ‘Transfer’ is the great conclusion to the Retrieval Duet and was fantastically written, griping, emotional filled with suspense, steam and action. Like the first book, I simply devoured this one! Since this installment picks up right where the first one ended, it must be read after that one. If ‘Retrieval’, the first book in the series, focused on Elisabeth and Roman’s story, this second book focuses more on Claire and Heath.
“Sometimes, when I dreamed, I’d travel back in time to the days when I’d thought my life was hard.”
Years ago, Claire’s life changed irrevocably when she met the scumbag who later will become her husband. She lived for seven years in fear, not only for her, but also for her daughter. The man who was supposed to love her and care for her almost destroyed her in these seven years, Claire forgetting what means to really live and to be happy, now thinking that she has nothing left to give. When she manages to escape her husband’s house, who over the years became her prison she finds solace in Heath’s arms, a man who over the last months became her friend, her only friend.
“Heath had taken so many of my dirty and broken pieces away over the last week that it was a wonder I wasn’t transparent. The holes left behind weren’t always as easy to fill. But, each time I fell apart, he was there.”
From the moment Heath met Claire he felt so much more than pity for her. He admires her strength and the way she cares and protects her daughter and all he wants is to care for both of them, to make them feel save, to show them love can be gentle. Heath feels more for Claire than he should, he knows that and that’s why he tries to fight his feelings at first, but slowly he falls hard not only for Claire, but also for the little girl.
“What do you need, Clare?” he mumbled against my chest.
I smiled victoriously. “You.”
His eyes lifted, an inferno brewing within as he finally gave me the only permission I would ever need. “Then take it…I’m yours, Clare. Take it all.”
I really enjoyed this second installment! It was fast paced, intense with some interesting angst and drama and a well-developed, complex plot. Claire was a heroine I sympathize deeply with. She was a wonderful character who at first sight is weak and damaged, but let me tell you, she was nothing like that. She was strong and determined to protect her daughter. She always stayed focused to make sure her daughter is save. Heath was a wonderful hero. He was sweet, caring, kind, thoughtful and so very protective with Claire and her daughter. The way he cared for Claire, the way he loved her was absolutely stunning and so heartwarming. His tenderness toward Claire and her daughter as the story unfolded melt my heart and the way he provided for them was admirable.
I loved these two main characters and I loved how much depth both of them had. Their friendship was lovely and the transition between them from friends to something more was nicely done and believable.
“Lean on me, babe. You don’t have to brave right now.”
The swoon-worthy smoking hot romance between them was definitely one of my favorite aspects of this story. These two together melted my insides. I loved the honestly between them, the way they were with each other, the way both of them came to life when they were together.
This second book in the series was told from multiple POVs which I really enjoyed. Roman and Elisabeth were fantastic as well in this installment and I have to say that I loved the relationship between these four characters. The epilogue was wonderful, full of love, friendship and hope. Simply perfect!
All in all, ‘Transfer’ was a great conclusion to this awesome duet – action packed, suspenseful and emotional charged!