“Chains” is Shiloh Walker’s current release from Penguin. I waffled back and forth on how I should rate this one because, while it’s one story…there are three distinctly separate tales inside the one bigger story and each one struck me a little differently and would need a different rating!
In “Chains”, Ms. Walker pens a tale of a horrible night where three different women witnessed/were involved in a crime and the impact said event has had on their lives. It’s also a tale of finding love and recognizing that love once it comes along. The mystery involved in “Chains” isn’t solved until the end of the final story. I hope this doesn’t sound confusing, because the book isn’t; but it IS a little difficult to explain!
Renee’s parents were cold and she was raised to be a society wife. At a party her senior year in high school at her ‘perfect’ (in her mother’s mind) boyfriend’s house, she refuses to sleep with him and he hits her. After years of agreeing, this seems to be the catalyst for Renee’s change. Before the night is over though, she will come face to face with a crime much more ugly. Now, 20 years later and back for a high school reunion, Renee meets up with the boy she admired even tho she doesn’t recognize him. One incredibly erotic night later, her world explodes into violence, confusion, and ultimately love.
Lacey has always been the golden athletic girl. Everyone liked her and her home life was about as perfect as it gets. Her nightmares from that horrible event are not as prevalent as Renee’s and involve her being unable to help more than she did. She also got to know the girl Renee’s social mask. But Lacey’s trip home for the reunion is also an effort to assure herself that her attraction to one man isn’t as strong as she’s built it up to be. That man is Seth and he’s the brother of the last girl involved in that long ago nightmare. He’s also the current Sheriff; and before this trip is done Lacey will need every bit of protection and love he has to offer.
Sherra. What happened to her on that night has never left her. When she can’t sleep, she mines her nightmares for the best-selling stories she puts on paper. When a long-time stalker’s messages begin heating up right before her reunion and new book tour, her manager forces her to take on a bodyguard. Dalton’s an ex-cop and it doesn’t take him long to begin to hate the fear and terror he sometimes sees in Sherra’s eyes. It also doesn’t take long for him to realize it’s becoming personal. But Sherra’s stalker is much closer than anyone knows…and he’s been waiting for an opportunity just like this.
By turns disturbing, sweet, hot, frightening, sweaty, sarcastic, erotic, and tension-filled; “Chains” is likely a book you won’t forget. Each of the women reacted differently to the event depending on their role; and in some way, that life-changing night still impacts their view of love and sex. There were a couple of plot devices that irritated me, and if you like trying to figure out ‘who done it’, forget about it in this one. The bad guy comes out of left field with no prior warning. The first story involves some BDSM, but the other two are fairly ‘vanilla’, but smoking hot, sex. I’ll keep this one to read again, but not anytime soon 😉