Author: Julieanne Reeves
Publisher: Hellsgate Publishing
Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Standalone Novel
Purchased by reviewer
Blurb: For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.
Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.
When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey colored eyes and sassy dimple. But she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.
Warning: Contains graphic language, explicit sex and one very hot man in uniform.
Review: Kayne Dobrescu has endured an unspeakable tragedy. A tragedy no one should have to face; the loss of his wife and children. His journey to find a reason to live after this paralyzing loss leads him to a job in Payson, Arizona where, in a routine traffic stop, he meets Jessica Halstatt. She might be tantalizing, but a car full of kids makes him wary of pursuing any type of involvement with this woman.
Jess is dealing with her own tragedy; the loss of her husband in a fiery explosion two years earlier. Jarrod Halstatt died a hero, saving the life of an infant girl in the process. But Jarrod had secrets, secrets that left Jess with a broken heart and doubts about herself, leaving no room for involvement with another man, especially not a gorgeous man like Officer Dobrescu who could have his pick of women.
But, circumstances conspire to throw these two lonely, hurting people together. Circumstances that lead to some of the sweetest, most intimate love scenes I have ever read. The heart, mind, soul and body of these two lovers is laid bare by this brilliant author. Breathtaking.
But, both Kayne and Jess have events in their pasts that can alter there lives, or end them. A betrayal by a trusted friend and a decades long blood feud leading up to a mind chilling, heart stopping finale that left me gasping, as the forces that have sought to erase Kayne’s very existence collide.
I can’t write a review of this book without mentioning the title and cover design. If there was an award for the title and cover art that best reflects the content of a book, Julieanne Reeves would win, hands down. After reading the book, I will never hear this title or see this cover without having total recall of the story. It’s that good.
I give this book my highest recommendation.