Author: Lindsey Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Most people think riot squad officer Taylor Jameson is an asshole. Little do they know his apparent indifference stems from having a meddlesome family always butting into his business. And little does Taylor know he’s about to stumble into a situation that’ll make indifference impossible.
When everything goes horribly wrong at a political rally on a harbour ferry, Taylor encounters Sietta Salisbury. The son of a wealthy politician, Sietta is a revered—but presumed dead—musician, and an enigma who is so strange, Taylor is compelled to look into his background. What he discovers draws him into a bizarre mess of prisoners, politics, and attempted murder that makes him realise what he’s been missing.
Falling in love isn’t hard. Trying to convince someone else you’re worth loving despite your crazy family and the people trying to kill you? That’s a whole other can of worms.
Review: Taylor Jameson is a bit transfixed by Sietta Salisbury at first sight. It’s a multi-faceted fixation. Sietta is stunning. He’s also pretty fishy. Something is not right. Taylor’s brother Clay agrees and they set about looking into the fishiness of Sietta and the Salisbury family. It’s not just fishy, it’s bad. Very bad. Thankfully, as a riot squad officer, Taylor is able to do something about it. Getting Sietta and his younger brother Micah out of their parents’ home was only part of the battle. Sietta’s life is now full of legal landmines and battles, a burgeoning relationship with Taylor, and attempts on his life. Taylor’s family has something to say about everything every step of the way.
This book has fun tropes and fun characters. It’s also got a love triangle I actually enjoyed reading. There are multiple rescues, lots of hurt/comfort, some insta-love, and the ever popular large and crazy family complete with the precocious yet lovable child. Seriously, this book is fun to read. I’ll likely read it again. It’s also really improbable, but I don’t think I care all that much. In some ways I don’t want to allow myself to think overmuch about Taylor and Sietta’s reasons for falling in love. Taylor fell in love with the first guy who really needed a hero, and Sietta fell in love with the guy who rescued him from years of imprisonment and torture. That’s some pretty unhealthy stuff that’s swept under the carpet. These guys are going to need some therapy.
So, I said there was a love triangle. Clay and Taylor are twins. It’s not a contentious love triangle in any way, but Clay and Taylor are always going to be at the forefront of each others’ minds. There will be no relationship with one without the other involved. This was shown well and nuanced. Clay and Taylor’s relationship may well be my favorite aspect of the book.
As I said this book is a fun read. It’s a good mix of heavy subject matter, light hearted humor, and lots of delicious tropes that don’t read as cheesy or forced. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun bit of escapism.