An Ali Review: Rough Trade (The Woodbury Boys #3) by Sidney Bell

 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?

This was the exciting ending to the Woodbury Boys trilogy.  The story has two aspects.  One is the case of the crooked policemen that they’re working together on and the other is their relationship.
The case was action packed and could be made into a movie. There’s fighting and car chases and shoot outs.  I thoroughly enjoyed how this part of the story played out and how it gets wrapped up
I was most looking forward to the relationship aspect though.  I admit I was a bit worried going in to this.  Ghost has had a terrible past and he’s suffered a lot of trauma over the years. I was really worried that the author might try to wrap up all his issues with the love of a good man as we so often see in romance stories.  She didn’t though.  She made Ghost’s progression very gritty and very realistic.  He works so hard for his happily ever after.  When he gets there though it is beautiful.  The epilogue made my ears tear up I was so happy for him.  Ghost was a very complex and well written character and his sense of humor helped break up some of the more emotionally heavy scenes.
Duncan wasn’t at all what I would have thought as a match for Ghost but he ended up being perfect. He was so calm.  He took Ghost’s issues seriously and he respected his boundaries which really needed to happen in a story which such a serious plotline.
I had high hopes going into this book and I’m really excited to say this exceeded my expectations.  I loved every minute of this book and I’m sure this is going to make my Top 10 list for the year.  This should not be read as a standalone as the criminal case is an ongoing one since book one. You should also note a content warning for non-graphic child sexual abuse flashbacks.
If you haven’t started this trilogy I highly recommend it. All three books have been 5 star reads for me and some of the best books I’ve read this year.
Cover Art has the typical two male torsos with a nice depiction of the beach below.  Not exactly startling.
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published December 3rd 2018 by Carina Press
Edition Language English
Series The Woodbury Boys #3
setting Colorado (United States)

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