Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Divorce lawyer Clayton Reynolds is a happy cynic who believes in hard work and one-night stands. He also believes that being an excellent lawyer means he never has to go home to the miserable trailer park where he grew up and that volunteering at a women’s shelter will buy off the conscience that occasionally plagues him. So when Nadine Graham comes in with a broken arm and a son she desperately wants to protect, Clayton can’t turn down their plea for help.
Taking the case means appealing to investigator “Just Call Me Kelly” for help. That wouldn’t be so bad if Kelly weren’t a hopeless romantic… and the hottest man Clayton’s ever met.
Kelly has always had a crush on the unobtainable Clayton Reynolds. He agrees to help, even though he has enough on his plate with the motherless baby his widowed brother left him to care for.
As Nadine’s case turns dangerous and the two seemingly opposite men are forced to work together, they discover they have a great deal in common—but solving the case and saving Nadine’s life might cost Kelly everything.
I really liked this story. Clayton has worked hard to get away from his past and lives his life for himself. Kelly has a large family who are always interfering and they don’t seem to have the right priorities. Nadine’s connection to Kelly was huge and it threw quite a curveball into the story.
Clayton thought he was a mess but, good lord, was Kelly’s family a mess, despite outward appearances. His mother never says anything bad about her kids and lives in rose colored glasses. I felt his pain when he tried to get through to her but she just didn’t see it and how she just ignored his problems or brushed over what was going on. I couldn’t believe how much of a psycho his brother ended up being. At least his father seems to come around at the end of the book.
I loved watching these two interact with each other and seeing both of their viewpoints was a big help to understand them. I loved that no matter how much Clayton said he wasn’t going to get attached that he kept coming back to Kelly and supporting him. I felt the most for Kelly with everything that was going on with his family, he had to be such a strong person. I loved that Kelly found the love he has been longing for and that Clayton found the family he never really had.
The cover art by Bree Archer is great and I love the visual of Clayton.
ebook, 230 pages
Published: October 23, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English