Just two nights ago as I write this, a guy violated an order of protection, took his ex-girlfriend hostage, shot and critically wounded a cop, and was finally killed by members of a SWAT team. Fortunately, the girl survived. The way Ms. Owens wrote Bryan Sexton, I could see him pulling something like that if Bree tried to divorce him without running as fast and as far away as possible.
Ms. Owens does not explain any of that, which in my opinion is what an abused woman needs to read in order to free herself from a similar situation. Instead, she starts the story when the divorce is final. Bree slips on a patch of ice and wakes up in the arms of “the one who got away,” and the book becomes urban fantasy—pure escapism.