When a high-profile investigation goes wrong, FBI Agent Kyle Dawson is transferred back home where he is forced to confront his demons…and the only woman he ever loved. Three years ago, Kyle and Abby Morrow shared a wild, passionate summer—then Abby broke his heart.
NOW SHE NEEDS HIS HELP
Kyle never stopped loving Abby. So when Abby uncovers evidence of a human-trafficking ring, leading to her sister’s kidnapping, he swears he’ll stop at nothing to bring her sister home and keep Abby safe. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse and blindsided by their own explosive desires, they must set aside the past before it’s too late.
I find myself in a bit of a conundrum with this book because it falls into the strange realm of a book that I simply liked. It was an easy and enjoyable read with likeable characters and a decent storyline, but didn’t really cause too much of an emotional reaction on either end of the spectrum. It was just a good read.
I liked Kyle and Abby. Yes. Liked. Both are in law enforcement, though in different sectors, and they have that same sense of ‘protect and serve’, though Kyle has a bit of an attitude problem which is attributed to his issues with his father, but other than that they are actually both level headed, do care about their families, though both have issues with them, and just good all around people.
Their relationship falls into the second chance realm, Abby cut things off abruptly with Kyle and neither had any contact with the other for a few years, so there is tension between them, but it is more of a slow simmer underneath the surface than a roiling boil because of the case and I actually liked the way things played out between them because of it. The case gave them something else to focus on and get to know who each was now while dealing with their feelings about what happened between them. The reason for Abby pushing Kyle away takes a while to be revealed but when it finally is you know a blowout is coming and I thought it was handled well on all fronts.
The mystery/suspense part of the storyline was an interesting one and I liked watching as all the pieces were revealed and fell into place. There was an even split of things I did and did not see coming, so in the end it was satisfying.
We get to meet the Dawson clan en masse and find out the reason for Kyle’s issues with his father, which do come to a head in the book, as well as get a glimpse as to what Gabe and Tom, Kyle’s brothers, may be in for in future books as well as catch up with Joe and Sadie from Torn, the novella that was in The Way of the Warrior anthology. The family dynamic between them was probably my favorite part. It felt real and tangible to me and is what will have me looking out for the next in series. But my favorite character was Fielding. His thought process just intrigued the hell out of me and while we probably won’t see him again he was definitely memorable.
The Bottom Line: This was simply a good, enjoyable read if you like suspense with your romance.
~ ARC provided by SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She's the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series and will be releasing the PROTECT AND SERVE series with Sourcebooks in 2015 and the DARK ALLIANCE series with Kensington in 2016.
Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.
Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project--probably while consuming way too much coffee.