She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.
Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.
If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.
Esden builds on A Hold on Me with a compelling, atmospheric paranormal that feels fresh. Like many new lovers, half-djinn Chase and fully human Annie would rather spend their time alone, shutting out the real world for a time. But they live on her family's ancestral Maine estate, where they and Annie's extended family are the caretakers of magical and dangerous artifacts, and neither has the luxury of forgetting their primary mission. Annie, Chase, and her cousins are determined to rescue Annie's long-missing mother, a captive in the djinn realm. Chase is unhappy about Annie joining the mission, but together, along with a captivating but possibly untrustworthy flautist, they team up to penetrate a strange world where carpets and curtains may lead to safety or peril. Annie isn't a perfect heroine, given her jealousy and impulsiveness, but her youthful mistakes and her genuine caring make her relatable and likable.