Contemporary Adult Romance
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.
I'm still on the fence with this one. I hated the endearment "sweetcheeks", it annoyed me to no end. So in my mind I switched it to just "sweets" while reading. There were parts where I felt the dialogue was cruel, referring to Gabby as a "fat bitch" and Jasper referring to a girl as "big as a boat". Not what I typically see out of Kristen Ashley. The secret that made Roc leave Layne wasn't as much of an impact as I would have liked, and it fell flat after the big reveal. The Youth Group case was the more emotional ride for me. And honestly, my 2 favorite characters were Layne's sons, Jasper and Tripp. They started out rough, all typical teenage attitude and drama. But they stepped up and really became impressive characters. They played a very important role in the Youth Group case and the story as a whole. I was pleased that they had their (although teenage) HEA at the end. I bumped my rating back up to 4 stars solely because KA has a remarkable way of giving us our HEA and tying everything together in her epilogues that leave us with all our questions answered. I really like that. Not my favorite of this series, but you can't love them all right?? Moving on to Mike's story....