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Razing Kayne (Walking A Thin Blue Line Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00A9G1G3A
- Publisher : Hellsgate Publishing; First Edition (November 20, 2012)
- Publication date : November 20, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1023 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,889 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a really good story. Jess and Kayne were both really good characters and I liked them both. The story was very good and had enough going on that it kept me engaged through the end. I liked that the story took place in Arizona as I live there and don't see a lot of stories set in AZ. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I plan to try the next book in the series when it comes out.
Jess is a good woman that hasn't had a good life. She was raised thinking that she wasn't good enough and that just got worse when she married a man that she thought cherished her but it ended up being a lie. Her husband (Jarred) cheated on her and made her think she wasn't good enough for him right up until he demanded a divorce...the same day he ended up dying in the line of duty. Since then, Jess' main focus is raising her kids (4 kids, all of which she adopted) and she never intends to open herself up to another man for fear of another heartbreak.
Kayne is a good man that works for the Arizona state patrol. He didn't have a good life growing up and because a cop became he wanted to help people. He married for the wrong reasons and wasn't happy in his marriage but loved his kids a lot. He came home from work to find his older 2 kids dead and the baby missing and before he knows what happened his wife shot herself in front of him. Of course, Kayne was the primary suspect but the cops couldn't find any evidence against him. They also never found any leads or the baby's body.
When the story begins it's 2 years after both Jess and Kayne's spouses have died. Kayne was recently transferred to the town Jess lives in and is settling in but he's not a happy camper. Kayne still has problems with losing his kids and his wife's suicide and he has trouble moving on and considers killing himself. Things change for him when he happens to pull Jess over for a speeding violation. Jess is the first thing that has brought he out of his funk and he can't seem to stop thinking about her. He knows he can't pursue anything with her because he doesn't know how long he'll be around but that doesn't stop him from wanting to see her. During the traffic stop, Kayne forgets to give Jess back her license and registration so he stops by her place to drop it off. Kayne ends up visiting for a bit but it's hard for him because seeing her kids makes him realize just how much he misses his kids and makes all the memories he tried to suppress come back up. This is painful for him so he leaves quickly but finds that he can't stay away and they run in to each other a number of times. Regardless of his intent to stay away from Jess and her kids, Kayne can't do it and soon he and Jess are actually making plans to spend time together.
As they spend time together, an unexpected revelation comes to light (although it's easy to see it coming as you read) that causes some understandable but unnecessary problems between Kayne and Jess. I was expecting this to happen but was very surprised by the next plot twist which put the story on a path I wasn't expecting. Kayne and Jess end up in an arrangement that brings them together but they still have some things to work out between them to make sure they're good for the long run. Most of the people in town like the two of them together but Jarred's best friend, Cody, is intent on making trouble from the beginning. Cody has some messed up idea that he and Jess belong together and goes about trying to push between Kayne and Jess any way he can. Fortunately he doesn't get too far but he still is a PITA. Also there's some other issues that pop up, strange things going on that make them realize that some unexpected threat may be stalking them. I liked seeing Jess and Kayne comes together as a couple. I also really liked reading about Kayne with the kids...his character is a wonderful dad. Kayne and Jess do have some hurdles to get past, both emotional and metaphorical ones, but they come through things well and get a satisfying HEA.
I really enjoyed this story. Jess and Kayne were both likeable and believable characters and I couldn't help but root for them from the beginning. The story was very good and even though there wasn't a lot of action, there was enough suspense to keep me interested through the end. The romance was good as well with both touching moments and drama to keep the reader on their toes. I'm looking forward to trying the next book in the series when it comes out. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
The author did a really good job at showing how the two felt about the other and because they both suffered past pain held back from allowing themselves to be happy. They both believe they don't need anything else but that is soon not up to the other. The further I read the more things were uncovered. You will still be discovering pieces of the big picture right up to the end. If I may there was one part in the book where Kayne is honoring Jess on mother's day and the speech he makes is so sweet. That is not the only time because throughout he is complimentary towards her.
Cody is after Jess for a long time. Now with her husband dead he thinks it's his turn with Jess so when Kayne has obvious favor with Jess he begins to cause trouble. I hated him but he added a lot to the story and keep in mind not everything will be clear until the end. There are sex scenes throughout and not all are skipped over. It didn't bother me but it is worth mentioning. The kids play a big part in the story too so if kids irritate you in a story be aware. I really thought they gave the story a extra touch. Little Gracie and her bunny, Maddy and her mini mommy attitude, Ash was adorable when he asked po pop if he could call Kayne papa, Isabella aka Sabella. They all add to the story and how fast Kayne seemed to become part of their lives was really sweet. It is a very enjoyable read that I think you would enjoy if you like romance and the power that love has to heal and bring joy back into two peoples heart that didn't even know they needed. Enjoy!!
Just a few generic issues I had. Glaringly was "forty" being misspelled starting with chapter "fourty". Wow. Also was all the internal dialog. Entirely too many paragraphs started with whatever Kayne was thinking in italics, usually with the F word thrown in there for added effect. Got really old. Could've been a much better book but it was okay.
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I would urge you to do the same, not just because it's a nice thing to do and we've lost one of our own, but because it's actually a really bloody good book. Although I'd seen the good reviews and thought the storyline sounded excellent, I think I was taken by surprise by how much I actually enjoyed it.
I give 5* to this book.
It's very much a story of two parts. In the beginning we meet the characters - Kayne and Jess. Both of them suffered a tragic event two years previously. Kayne, a Police officer, came home from work just in time to see his wife kill herself. Two of his children lie dead on the bathroom floor, drowned. The third is nowhere to be found. Believing his wife to be the murderer and having himself suffered intense scrutiny and suspicion, since she shot herself with his service weapon, he ends up leaving town to move to the mountains.
There we meet Jess. Her husband was a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty when a vehicle exploded as he was trying to save a baby girl. She adopted that baby girl, along with the other adopted children she already had, and is living as a single mum.
When Jess and Kayne meet during a routine traffic stop, the sparks fly and they are incredibly attracted to each other until it seems that fate has a bonus card to play that will either bring them together or destroy them forever.
The second half of the book sees the past unravelling and you learn that actually not all is as it seems. It becomes a story about the meaning of family, about the lengths to which you would go to save the people you love and the value of forgiveness.
I wholeheartedly and without reservation adored this book. It has its faults - the turning point of the story is a coincidence that's just too convenient to be possible and the solution the judge imposes probably isn't legal anywhere - but you tell yourself that sometimes the one in a billion chance pans out and you get right back on board with the story.
The strength of the book is in its characters. I just loved Kayne - he's possibly my new number 1 book boyfriend. He's cocky and funny at the same time as being so vulnerable. He's an all round decent guy that does the best he can with what he has and loves the people in his heart with a fierceness that was just emotional and beautiful to read.
Jess is a fascinating character too. She has so many personal demons. At first you think that her husband was something of a hero and then you realise that actually he was a domineering, unpleasant and unfaithful rat who left her with some serious emotional scars and damaged self esteem. Her attraction to Kayne tears her in two. She's convinced she's not good enough for him, but she wants him almost as much as she doesn't want him moving in on her family because then they'll all be hurt when the 'inevitable' happens and he realises she's not good enough for him.
Add in some great supporting characters - the great team of Del, Rafe and Trace, along with the superbly creepy and possessive Cody - and several flashes of humour that actually did make me laugh out loud and you have something really quite special.
It doesn't even stop there. So many times lately I've read books that have one-dimensional, one track plots. Not so with this one. It's a complex story of many twists and turns. There were a few that caught me totally by surprise. The darkness that follows them is born a generation back but it tangles up so many threads in its tentacles, from across the lives of all the characters. I think the detail helped here too - I gather that Reeves used to work as a Police dispatcher, and it shows. The knowledge is clearly there and it gives it a depth of realism that's essential.
Her style of writing is great too. I got totally absorbed and read the whole thing in two sittings. It was easy to get wrapped up in the lives of this unconventional family and I was very emotionally invested in them.
Overall, I'm feeling an almost unbearable sadness that we'll never read any more books by this author. She had an amazing talent and it feels like a bright spark has been snuffed out. It's a crying shame.
I couldn't put this book down, I loved the twists in this story, and in the last few chapters when it all seemed to unravel, my adrenalin was pumping so fast around my body! I had to go and make a cup of tea, needless to say it went straight back up once I started reading again! I loved Jess and Kayne’s internal fights with themselves, so desperately didn't want what happened, but am so glad that they did!
I loved little Gracie and knew fairly early on where the plot was headed! OMG even though I could see it coming, it still had my heart beating so hard in my chest!
Cant wait for the follow ups, hopefully we will still get to hear about this incredible family.
I just realised that I had not left a review on Amazon!
I read that, sadly, Julianne Reeves died unexpectedly, this is a tragedy for her family. Further to the personal loss they have suffered, it is sad that she won't get to tell anymore of her stories, she was very good at it, and she clearly had many more ideas fermenting.