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Busted (A Barnes Brothers novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Praise for Wrecked:
“The sexy surprises…send their comfortable relationship into uncharted (and utterly hot) territory…Walker ably demonstrates her skill with a contemporary scenario.”—Publishers Weekly
“A touching romance about best friends finding out that love was right in front of them the whole time. It has plenty of sizzle…We get to see the interior feelings of both leads in this lovely little contained look at two people that any reader would love to call friends. A beautiful story!”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ Stars)
“A sweet and sexy story that…was charming and fun to read.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
“A successful romance and a good read…Sexy and poignant.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Made my heart beat out of my chest.”—Fiction Vixen
“Full of love, humor, and a passion that burns brightly.”—Joyfully Reviewed
About the Author
Shiloh Walker is the national bestselling author of romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense novels, including Razed, Wrecked, Fragile, The Protected, and The Reunited.
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The tattoos: I love ink on people that actually MEANS something. The main characters both had ink that spoke to their nerdy/bookish sides.
BOOKS!!!: Nothing better than characters who write books, read books, love books, work around books, blog about books, attend book conventions and even have book tattoos. In short avid bibliophiles like me.
Speaking of book tattoos...hmm. I need to design something like that for myself.
What fell flat:
The main characters. I get it. The hero, Trey was still mourning his wife and because of that pretty much became a hermit. He also had issues with speaking in/dealing with the public, another reason for him to keep a low profile. He's also raising his five year-old son Clayton as a widower. The heroine, Reesa was also dealing with her past and wondering of it would ever catch up to her, which of course also kept her from living. She's also raising her five year-old niece, Neecy.
Yes, they were both wounded souls somehow drawn together. But damn there was just way too much unnecessary drama, too many secrets that really didn't need to be secrets. Parts of the book really dragged on far too long with the main characters feeling entirely too sorry for themselves, and frankly not having a damn good reason to. Especially Reesa who pulled herself up from a bad situation and became successful.
So why four stars? Overall this was a great love story with great characters, they just happened to not be the main ones. I was far more interested in Trey's brothers Zach, Sebastian and Travis (especially Travis). I loved Reesa's Mama Ang and her best friend Farrah. Still, considering that I haven't read a lot of IR recently, this was actually pretty decent.
Trey is wrestling with his feelings - grief, guilt, loss, this amazing pull he feels for Ressa. Ms. Walker highlights his angst without making the whole thing melodramatic and overdone. Trey's emotions are deep and realistic in light of what he has experienced in his life. Ressa has her own drama, as well as a boatload of guilt for things that happened in her past. Ressa almost gets in her own way as she and Trey try to figure out where they are headed.
The writing is exquisite, the story flowing over hard topics and real grief, exposing the emotions with such a deft touch. So well done. Trey is a dream damaged hero, one who is determined to move forward. Ressa has pulled herself out of a bad childhood and has pursued her dreams. She is solid and focused, and way too hard on herself. Together, they balance.
Lots of funny moments - between the Barnes brothers, the literary fan gurl references, Bunnicula and Harry Potter, Poe...Great balance between funny and darker moments.
Bottom line - Time and money exceedingly well spent. I love Ms Walker's writing, and this series is terrific, top to bottom. Again, though each of the three books is a standalone, don't deprive yourself of Wrecked (one of my favorite books ever) and Razed. Fabulous addition to a wonderful series. Highly recommend.
My 4 star rating was only because there were some parts that were slow and got a bit boring.
Overall this is a very good book. I hope Shiloh Walker writes more IR books. This book was better then what I expected and dare I say better then some of the IR books I've read in a while!