Eve and Roarke, both suffered an abusive childhood, but that is a very general term, not descriptive at all of what they endured. While Roarke’s father beat him and forced him into a life of crime, he was still able to make friends, and once he met Summerset he had a kind of family.
Eve was raised by an abusive father too, but she was kept isolated, moved from place to place so that she knew next to nothing of the world outside whatever dismal place they currently lived in. She had only herself to rely on, and that attitude never changed until she met Roarke.
Their differences are never more apparent than when they stand on opposite sides of that line, what is justice and what is revenge. (See book #6...Vengeance in Death)
In this book, Caro, Roarke’s very able Administrative Assistant, calls him for help when her daughter, also a Roarke Enterprises employee, is accused of the murder of her cheating husband and his lover. It is discovered that the daughter, Reva, was working on a high level security project and was targeted by Homeland Security (HSO) for information on his company’s research.
Roarke does a secret computer search of HSO files and finds a connection between his father and Eve’s, both international career criminals and Max Ricker (book #11...Judgement in Death). He discovers that HSO had Eve’s father under surveillance and the decision was made to take no action, the case being more important than the welfare of the child.
Roarke wants to take his revenge, and feels strongly that the agents involved need to pay for their neglect, for the pain and suffering of the child, and the adult plagued with horrendous nightmares. This is true Roarke, the Dublin street rat whose code of justice is ‘an eye for an eye’.
Eve wants it set aside, and so they find themselves on opposite sides of this moral dilemma.