This was one of the more interesting stories I’ve read by this author. The man on the cover was too fine to pass up, so thankfully the story held up to the cover model.
In this story an undercurrent of mystery was always prevalent, more than in previous books by this author. Dana Moore had moved her son away from the mean streets to live in a quiet suburb to afford him a better chance of survival as a black youth in a big city. So when her son was caught in a rough part of the city in the middle of a fatal accident, this story took on an ominous tone. A dull feeling of dread had me waiting for the next shoe to drop. The victim was closely related to a high level gang member which added the danger element. With that component, Dana and her son were no longer safe in their own home. Dana’s neighbor Kole came to her rescue much to her pleasure and dismay. Kole and Dana had a previous relationship which did not end well. So naturally having him come back into her life was a blessing and a curse. A few times after the tragedy, the story had slower moments that stymied the pacing in the story. As the story drew to a close, many lives were touched unfavorably, and unexpected outcomes were reached, and thereby escalated the drama in the story. The storyline was thrilling and held my rapt attention. Amazingly, the connection between Kole and Dana was sparsely visible to me. I guess with so much going on with Kole trying to save their lives, that did not leave much time for chemistry building. The backstory with the gang element and the lengths they went through to save face felt much like real life. The final HEA was much needed. A nice exciting read. 4.5 Stars.
Carolyn M. Jackson
Book Binge Reviewer