Going undercover has its challenges. When Detective Ryan Clark is sent to the sleepy coastal town of Fremantle to dismantle the country’s most lethal drug syndicate, it’s worth the risk. Even if he becomes a fatality, in the war against drugs.
Ryan finds himself coming back to the same coffee shop. Blondie, the local barista, has him hot under the collar and reaching for his piece. He knows the attraction isn’t just one-sided.
She’s trying to keep her distance.
It only makes him want her more.
Willow Asher left it all behind, but not by choice.
After two long years, she’s finally getting somewhere. Willow has a busy café with her buxom business partner, Gabby, who is the closest thing she has to family.
Although Willow’s past still plagues her thoughts, she’s determined to have her happily-ever-after. As soon as her demons stop haunting her.
What she doesn’t need is the complication of Mr Sexy-Brown-Eyes, who seems to be drinking more and more coffee.
She doesn’t want the questions. She’s still trying to get her story straight.
Wow – after the rollercoaster that was Strike – I really had to psych myself into this one because I knew this was going to be a tough one and I wasn’t wrong.
Ryan. To be honest, this book was the one that got me to read the whole series. I do love a good cop book. The winning formula of this series where commitment fearing bad boy meets complicated woman who doesn’t want to jump his bones is really paying off.
Ryan has met his match. The one woman on the planet who doesn’t try to bed him within minutes of meeting him and now he’s in uncharted territory. His personality has to actually win her over rather than his charms. I was instantly intrigued by Willow. I wanted to know her story. While reading it – there was an ever present sense of doom. It’s not overpowering in the story but there’s a sense of it throughout.
What I love about Ms Ryder’s writing is her characters. To me, they are very much Wizard of Oz worthy – ‘you always had the power’, meaning they had this within them all along – they just needed the right person to ignite the spark to grow into their own better selves. As I was reading, I’m thinking he’s going to have his work cut out for him to come clean to someone now who has trust issues. How are they going to recover from the lies and omissions?
There are two very powerful scenes in this book that took my breath away. They pained my heart. The first is where Willow finally has to rely on Gab. Oh the tears. Just when I recovered from that – Holy mother of God! There is a passage in this book that mirrors a situation in my life and then came on the water works again. Cut a bit too close to a personal story of mine.
Ryder certainly has the gift of writing second chance at character redemption. Each of her characters are flawed to perfection. Have thoroughly enjoyed this series and cannot wait for the next instalment.
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