Author: Stacey Lynn
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one of her father’s men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson’s mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he’s ever loved.
Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she’s ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.
Review: This story had all the elements of a great romantic suspense. They were mostly pulled off successfully except for some misses along the way that would have helped the suspense angle, but the author got everything right on the romance–hot, sexy and definitely prime time fun.
Gabriella had been shunted off at 18 to stay in Colorado with her aunt on her goat farm. Luckily she’d adjusted pretty well and really enjoyed her life there. Now ten years later, she’d rushing back home to Detroit to be by her mother’s side as she battles cancer for the third and last time–she’s dying and wants her daughter at her side.
Tyson is also going home to Detroit; the FBI task force he’s on knows about his past with Gabriella, and they want to use his relationship with her to get inside information on her father’s mob. The same mob that had killed his father. He finds it hard to believe that the sweet girl he’d known in the past had any knowledge of the brutal mob her father ran, but the honchos at the bureau aren’t listening to him.
He also wants to find out why she’d left him, so maybe it’s a little bit personal to him.
The romance plays out pretty much as you’d expect–she doesn’t trust him, he doesn’t trust her–they’re blindsided by their still strong attraction and realize they both still love each other. But there’s so much still at risk. Gabrielle knows that her father’s a bad man but she’s staying around for her mother. Tyson knows that Gabrielle is not going to take it well when she finds out that he works for the FBI and is trying to get information to take down her dad.
The emotional part of the story was well done; I just think that there were some parts of the suspense that could have been tied together earlier so that we’d have felt the suspense along the way. Otherwise, it was a great read and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to the next in the series! Thanks!