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- Publication Date : June 7, 2016
- File Size : 1145 KB
- Publisher : Lyrical Press (June 7, 2016)
- ASIN : B016TFX3XA
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 180 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,793 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Never Give You Up is book two in the McCoy’s Boys series by Shady Grace. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Kensington Books and by the author.
Mary Billings is a simple woman, a mountain woman you could perhaps call her. She was born and raised on the mountain. She trapped, fished, hunted, and took care of her horse and seven dogs as well as taking care of her cabin and property. She once thought she was in love but after marrying him, he turned controlling and physically abusive. She spent her entire marriage like this until her husband died. She previously met Terry McCoy and he has been stopping by and checking in on her when he could. Terry was gorgeous and had visited Mary often in her erotic dreams. But even though her deceased husband was a horrible man, it had to be wrong to feel these things so soon after his death, wasn’t it? The thing about Terry was that she knew he was a criminal. That he worked for his crime boss father. Terry didn’t feel like a bad person, though. But what did she know. Maybe all men were bad like her husband had been.
Terry McCoy hated his life. His father ran an empire based on drugs and death. Terry was his only son and heir. The only good thing was the hotel he ran, Sea Scape Hotel. He loved it there. He knew he should stay away from Mary Billings. She was an innocent. But he was drawn to her. So when an attempt was made on his life and he needed to disappear for awhile, it was to Mary that he went.
The attraction is strong between these two but they both fight it. Not only is Mary fighting the guilt of a not long enough deceased husband, but the scorn and whispers of the small, mountain community where she lives. Terry wants her, he’s always wanted her, but he’s afraid to bring her in to his darkness. He feels like he’s not good enough, that she deserves so much more.
At the same time as these two are finding their way to each other, their lives are in danger. There must be a leak inside the closest members of his group because they seem to know where Terry and Mary are, even when no one should have. The danger chases them in the mountains and also, back in the city. Everything builds to a crescendo as Gabe, Terry and Sam try to figure out who is trying to kill him.
In the beginning of this book, I had a bit of a hard time finding my footing. Perhaps I would have done better if I had read the first book first., Beautiful Criminal. The author did give plenty of back information to fill in the gaps but perhaps I would have felt a better connection to the characters if I had read it first. All in all, I enjoyed this book. The sexy times were plenty sexy and the suspense continued to build until the end. At one point I thought I knew but realized I was way off. Technically this book could be read as a stand alone but it might enhance your enjoyment if you read the first book first. So, this was a sexy, suspenseful story of the fall of an evil empire of crime but in the midst of it all, two people somehow manage to come together and find a ray of hope that maybe there just could possibly be happiness in their future. Or would that be too much to ever expect?
Mary lives by herself, mostly content with her surroundings and her life. But she wasn't always content. She spent 12 years with a man who didn't love her and who beat her. When his body is found following a drowning she has a hard time grieving for him because of the relief she feels.
Mary and Terry meet in the first book of this series following Terry's best friend crashing his helicopter near Mary's best friend's home. They share one intense kiss just before Terry walks out of her life.
I do not recommend reading this book as a stand alone as I did. The first 35% of the book left me confused as the author assumes you know Mary and Terry's entire history from the first book. For example, it's not until chapters later that you find out how Mary and Terry really first met. There were other characters (Gabe) that had fairly major roles in the story but their histories were told in the first book. I think I would have liked this book much better had I read the first book in the series. The "suspense" of the who did it in this story was pretty minimal; I knew from about halfway through the book who had done it. I will say the motive was a surprise.
Overall, not a bad book but one that I think could have been better if it were read as part of a series.
** ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **
We met Mary briefly in book #1 so I knew a bit of her back story. It is explained in this book but I recommend reading book #1 first.
Terry is a great character. Torn between what he wants from life and what is expected of him from his father, he can't seem to find his place.
When his father orders him to take a break, he finds himself face to face with Mary.
Mary is only just rediscovering herself after the dramatic events that took place on her mountain. Despite being attracted to Terry, she's wary and not eager to put herself or her feelings on the line.
There's plenty of drama backstabbing to keep you hooked. The sub-characters are great too and I hope to get Sam's story next.
All in all, an enjoyable read.