Blurb: Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever.
Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back.
Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to avoid Rocky but when Layne gets three bullets drilled into him while investigating a dirty cop, he can’t do that because Rocky stops avoiding Layne. They make a deal to work together to expose the dirty cop but they have no idea the strength of their enduring attraction or the sheer evil at work in The ‘Burg.
As Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick play their game and dance around the pull that draws them together, Layne has to discover the dark secrets buried so deep in Rocky’s heart she doesn’t even know they’re there at the same time untangle a sinister web of crime so abhorrent it has to be stopped… at all costs.
And to do it, Layne has to enlist everyone, including his ex-CIA mentor, Rocky’s detective brother, the town’s unpredictable informant and Layne’s two teenage sons all the while stopping Rocky from doing something crazy and keeping their game secret so Layne won’t get himself dead.
Review: Yes, this was a great book and it gets top ratings. That said, there were a couple of aspects that I had a hard time with, which is really rare for me when it comes to a Kristen Ashley book.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Rocky’s character. It took almost the entire book to get her whole story and when I got it, I struggled with it and the drama around it as it just didn’t all add up for me. I ended up not liking her dad or her brother at all because of it as that whole situation was completely f’d up.
I think that part of the reason I struggled to connect with Rocky is that, for the first time (that I’ve seen) a KA book is told entirely from the guy’s perspective. Normally, she goes from the female perspective or bounces around between the two main characters (which I think I like the best) and sometimes even has bits in there from secondary characters.
Because we got nothing from Rocky’s side, we could only get her personality from how Layne sees her. Honestly, there were times where I think he had some major blinders on and she really wasn’t all that. I’d have to say, that Rocky is probably one of my least favorite KA characters ever.
Still, I did love this story and the secondary relationships that exist in this book. While this is probably going to fall towards the bottom of my KA favorites list, it is still light years ahead of most any other romance on the market.