Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.
It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.
He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.
This is one of those books that started out strong for me. My attention was peaked and I genuinely liked both of the main characters and was invested in their story, but in the end I find that I’m in that middle ground between like and really like when I look at the overall story. I didn’t love it, but I liked it more than just “liking” it. A conundrum for sure, but that’s where my brain has decided it will stay.
I really liked Morgan and I give that girl a lot of credit for how she handled the whole asshat of a boyfriend situation. She could have totally gone off the rails, but she held it together ~ for the most part ~ and showed that she knew what her self worth was and as the story progresses we see that she’s compassionate and when she’s set her mind to doing something, she does.
My heart broke for Tucker and all that he’d been through as well as what he put himself through to escape the hell he lived in. When going to juvi or prison was preferable over staying in your own home then you know it’s bad. And despite some questionable decisions in the beginning, he really had a good heart and a whole hell of a lot of demons to deal with.
Their relationship does move fast, no doubt about that, but after learning about a situation that happened in their past and how interested they’d been in each other though never acted upon it I found that the speed didn’t bother me so much and went more with the thought that they only had so much time on their side. It was sweet and I liked how Morgan took charge. Gotta love a girl who takes the lead.
As far as the how the issue with Tucker’s father played out, as well as Tucker and Morgan’s HEA I liked them and yet I found myself wishing we’d been able to spend a little more time on both of them. Not that they weren’t wrapped and resolved well or realistically, it just seemed rushed after all the time that had been spent with Tucker opening up to Morgan. I chalk this up to a “it’s not you, it’s me” thing because I the writing was engaging and I thought that Ms. Lemmon did a great job with the 1st person dual POV’s.
The Bottom Line: If you like tortured hero’s and strong heroine’s with good hearts then you should check this one out.
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.