Author: Tricia Owens
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 133 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
One is a victim. The other is guilty.
After Detective Jack Beckam’s partner is killed during the line of duty, Jack retreats to a small Indian casino in the Colorado mountains to deal with his guilt. There, he encounters the mysteriously hostile casino manager, Taylor Brant.
Jack is on a downward spiral. Unfortunately for him, the strange forest surrounding the casino only increases his desire to do something reckless. Something desperate. Taylor Brant is not only dangerous, he’s broken. He’s someone Jack should steer clear of. Yet Jack, bruised inside and out and needing to find absolution, tumbles into a series of dark, highly charged encounters with Brant which could shatter them both.
Graphic scenes of rough sex, BDSM, and heavy angst.
This is not your typical love story but it is a love story of sorts nonetheless. It is a story about a man that is broken. He only had the will to try and correct the perceived wrong he believes he is guilty of. The other man was a victim not once but twice and swore off cops for good afterwards. But the main issue for these two men is they cannot keep their eyes off of each other and that is the last thing either of them want. More like what they need though.
Jack is a detective. Javi was his partner up until he was killed in the line of duty and Jack knows his death is his fault. To make matters worse, Kassi, Javi’s wife was pregnant at the time of his death and now the support falls on Jack’s shoulders, or so he believes. So Jack comes up with a plan to go to a secluded casino and win as much money as possible as quickly as possible.
Jack seems to be doing fairly decent where winning the money is concerned. After finishing playing one night he heads for the cashier to cash in his winnings when a man comes barreling through the crowd stealing from the casino. Instinct kicks in and Jack stops the man in his tracks. For what he has done for the casino, the floor manager, Brant upgrades Jack’s room and comps his stay.
This leads to Jack and Brant getting to having a very uncomfortable dinner and drink together only to lead to so much more. But that so much more is not what either man thought it would be. Things get twisted rather quickly leaving both men questioning if this is right and if they should be playing this game with the other.
Can romance and love come from a broken heart and pain? Or is this just an attempt on both men’s parts to try and bury the pain and never let it out again?
This book is graphic sex-wise. Be warned there is BDSM involved along with breath play and pain. So if you are not into that then do not read this book. I enjoyed this read but there was some parts like the continuous references to people dying in the casino and the forest being hunted that just really did not feel like it belonged in this book or if it did belong then there needed to be of story around it. Tricia Owens did a good job on this book and I look forward to more by Tricia in the future.
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