Reviewer Comments: This is the third book in Erin McCarthy’s series Blurred Lines. I may not have been crazy about the second book, but I loved this third one. In reading the blurb on the back, I was worried that the book might be a little hard to read or that it would take a whiney tone. None of this happened. Aubrey Walsh has always prided herself on being a strong woman so when she finds herself in an abusive relationship, she isn’t exactly sure how it happened or why she has stayed. In the beginning, Jared was a charming man who seemed to think the world of Aubrey. Now, eighteen months later, Aubrey is living in a nightmare with nowhere to turn. She has lost her job, her friends and her support system. She no longer even recognizes herself. When Jared hits her so hard that he knocks out two of her teeth, Aubrey knows that she has to leave. She finds the courage to gather a few things and flee to her friend Cat’s house on an isolated island off the coast of Maine. Riker has just returned from overseas. He was in the military and now works as a private contractor. He has seen more while overseas than most people can even imagine. Now that he is home on a year’s leave, Riker is trying to find himself again. He doesn’t expect to notice the girl who has moved in down the street or to find himself so drawn to her. He has to stay away from her before his dark places overtake her goodness. I really like the way that Erin McCarthy handles domestic abuse as well as the men in the military. She doesn’t shy away from the ugly parts. Aubrey doesn’t magically lose all the fear or despair of a year’s torment overnight and immediately find that the world is a better place. She takes time to grieve and to acknowledge her fears. Aubrey doesn’t know if she will ever be able to trust another man or allow a man to touch her. She jumps at the closeness of others. And yet, she isn’t a total victim. She knows that what Jared did to her was wrong and she is trying to find a way past it to a normal life. Erin McCarthy also shows us the different perspectives of people around Aubrey and what they think of her situation and how they treat her. There is not a whiney bone in Aubrey’s body. As for Riker, having been to war and killing people even on the orders of his government has left scars. He fears losing his humanity and that the things he has done have permanently colored his soul. He finds it hard to believe that anyone can find some good in him. We also see how people react to him and his reaction to their treatment. The relationship in this book happens quickly. A little too quickly to be completely believable, but I think the issues at the core of the relationship are handled well. We want these two people to work it out. They are also closer in age than the couple in the last book which worked better for me. I love that they are both honest with each other and that they have found someone to be a partner with.