When Emilia Connor returns to face the man she ran away from five years earlier, she’s determined to cut him out of her life for good but things have changed. This time Joshua Darkly is holding all of the cards and he’s got other plans.
Emilia is a spoiled brat who’s had life handed to her on a silver platter and she takes everything I worked hard to earn for granted.
Living off of daddy’s dime, her free ride is about to come to a screeching halt. She’s heading back here, to the place she should have never run away from, to settle her father’s estate.
She’s confident she is the sole heir to all of her father’s possessions, including the company I worked my ass off to help build over the last seven years, but I have a surprise for her. Not only am I the new owner of Connor Realty, but I’m also her mentor and guardian for the period of one year.
I never asked to own her but now that I do, I’m not sure I can ever let her go.
She’s feisty, she has a lot of anger in her and I’m patiently waiting for her to test her boundaries with me. She’ll try her luck one too many times and I can’t wait to show her how dark my beast has become.
Our past always has a way of catching up to us.
I left home five years ago and never looked back. I always thought I had more time to make amends with my father and come home but my time ran out when he died of a sudden heart attack.
Now I’m back to settle his estate and face my demons. Well, one demon in particular; Joshua Darkly, the reason I left in the first place.
Because of a stipulation in my father’s will, it looks like I’m here to stay for awhile. I’ve been declared Joshua’s ward for a period of one year and if I don’t complete my time, I’ll lose everything.
I’ll swallow my pride and serve my sentence but I’m not going down without a fight. I’ll challenge his patience every chance I get without getting too close to him.
Even now, after everything, I still feel drawn to him and it’s something I need to face head on and cut out of my life before it consumes me whole.
Step Darkly is the first book in the His series.
I’m to remain here, in the hell I tried so hard to leave and holding the keys to my cage is the devil himself.
ARC REVIEW ➼
Hours after finishing the book I still don’t know how to put my emotions into words. Emilia and Joshua’s story was nothing like I expected, it surpassed everything I could have imagined.
Emilia comes across as the spoiled little rich girl that gets whatever she wants in life, especially to Joshua. However, she is far from it. She is broken, she is lost and heartbroken. However, she is also strong, especially for what she experienced for years and experienced alone. Joshua came from nothing, but with the right mentor he was able to grow professionally and personally. Now, after years away from home Emilia is back and under the care of Joshua for the next year. Will she be able to overcome the past and her dislike for Joshua to get her portion of her father’s company?
I’ve read Luna’s books previously and knew this would hot, that the characters would have explosive chemistry, but I wasn’t expecting all the emotions I felt while reading this. It cut me deep, but it does mend those cuts as it continues. Joshua and Emilia have great chemistry throughout and it only grows, especially towards the end. The growth of Emilia throughout the story was great. She went from a broken, heartbroken woman to a woman full of confidence. The secondary characters in the story also added a lot, especially Noah and Lexa.
Step Darkly is an emotional erotic romance and a MUST READ!