Avery Breslin took a leap of faith when she changed her name. As Avery Patterson, she is no longer the daughter of a serial killer. No longer the girl who was bullied and abused through high school. A fresh name and a fresh start at Columbia University means Avery can leave all that behind. There’s only one thing marring her dream of a clean slate…. A boy with a past of his own…
Luke Reid has a lot going for him: sex appeal, badass tattoos and insane musical talent. Despite his guitar skills, his calling in life has always been to serve and protect. A NYPD cop by day, singer in rock band D.M.F by night, from the outside Luke seems like he’s got it made. But falling for a girl whose father was accused of deeply sinister acts—a man whom Luke shared a devastating history with, himself—only serves to complicated things.
Pieces of a puzzle…. Four symbols, four methods of destruction. A trade.
Dark secrets that threaten to destroy.
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This book is a re-write/release, and I had not read the original version so I'm going in with a "clean slate" mind. This book is listed as Romantic Suspense, but it's 75% suspense, 25% romance. Avery and Luke are damaged, complex characters, that share a past. They have, each in their own way, lived thru the same tragedy that binds them. The murder of her father. But the world thinks that he is a serial killer. This story is how they get past that to live a life with some semblance of normal.
Avery has moved across the country to New York to attend Columbia University. To have a new start where no one knows her or her family's tragic past. But you can't always escape your past. Luke has loved her since she was a teen, so he has tried to protect her. Even following her to New York to be a cop and a part time rock star. She tries over and over to push everyone away, she trusts no one. But Luke won't give up on her, even continuing to work towards proving her father was innocent.
We spend the first half of the book getting the "set up" of characters, and it was a little too much "college" like drama. Avery's friends partying and the usual college mess. But the second half of the book really gets into the suspense/mystery that is the base of the story, it starts to fly. The romance between Luke and Avery is secondary to the suspense, but I still felt like their love story was worth the part it played in the overall story. And by the end I was looking forward to reading more about them and hopefully another book in this series.
***ARC was provided by author for honest review 2014.