Ares saw him for the first time at a Kilgore Police Department benefit dinner. She’d gone with her dad as his plus one. Hayes Greer had gone by himself and brooded silently across the same table as her, drinking whiskey and not saying a word.
It only took that one time for her to become interested.
The next time she saw him, he was doing another benefit—but this one requiring a whole lot fewer clothes. And that was when she knew. She wanted him. Badly. But the morose Hayes was too busy thinking about his sins to see what was right in front of his face—Ares.
Hayes Greer knew the moment that he saw the feisty Ares Downy again that he should’ve stayed away. Maybe if he hadn’t done the stupid calendar, he wouldn’t be questioning every single woman’s intentions.
Maybe if he’d listened to that niggling feeling telling him to stay away, he would’ve been able to do his job a little better. But seeing her with a knife to her throat, in the middle of a building set to blow, made his usually well-wired brain start to malfunction.
Because nobody was allowed to touch her like that—only him. Nobody was allowed to scare her, either. Not and live to tell the tale.
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Ask Me If I Care is Ares Downy and Hayes Greer’s story, and although they seem to not have much in common, the fit together so easily…once they both get out of their own ways. Ares and Hayes’ connection, their attraction, and their need for each other builds as their story continues, but that doesn’t mean that aren’t obstacles that they’ll face or doubts that will linger in their minds when it comes to their pasts and even their futures, but the way they come together, when it counts the most, which shows exactly who they’ve become to one another and what that means for their daily lives.
I love that Ares took the initiative and went after what she wanted, even when there are missteps along the way. And, Ares’ job as a school counselor helps shed light on bullying and what can be done to educate and prevent something that causes so much pain and suffering for young adults. Ares is atypical when it comes to the kind of woman she is and the fact that she is not about drama and owns who she is makes her quite an endearing heroine.
At the beginning of the story, Hayes had to come to terms with quite a few things in order to allow him to move forward and while it wasn’t something that happened overnight, the fact that he finally refuses to allow his sins to dictate his present and that’s when he finally gives into what he wants and that is Ares Downy.
There’s a whole lot happening around the hero and heroine and while that causes quite a bit of tension as well as some less than stellar reactions and actions, but, in the end, it comes back to Ares and Hayes and them fighting to be together despite the obstacles and complications that arise.
4 Poison Apples