When the local police department’s secrets are revealed and the wife he’s forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal’s hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he’ll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife’s murderer. But he isn’t the only one looking. While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town’s quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town’s last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past. Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she’s had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn’t know what to do with her.
What Worked For Me:
This is my first Kristen Ashley book and I was amazed that I’ve been missing out on such a great author. I usually have no use for first person books but this was written in first and third person and the combination worked very well. The heroine, Faye, has loved Chace for as long as she can remember but never thought she had a chance with him. She lived is a dream world full of books and happy endings but knows that Chace is well out of her reach. Until, he isn’t. Faye is smart and kind and generous in spirit. Even better, she is no doormat. Chace is a hero, one who believes himself to be anything but. He has courage and strength and has horrible secrets that make him the man he is. But he is ready to throw all of that away for a chance, and a life, with Faye. Their passion and love is inspiring and gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Chace is a complete ass at first, for his own reasons, but he redeems himself and accepts all that Faye has to give him. Faye begins to heal Chace and show him that even though he has a trouble past, he is worthy of love and forgiveness. The plot, while slightly confusing since I started this series on book 4 before I read the previous books, is not completely hard to follow. The story kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat and the ending even brought happy tear to my eyes. Chace is also a complete alpha-male. He’s possessive and completely in love with Faye, even though he was unsure of what it was he was feeling. Watching him surrender to the love he felt for Faye was truly magical.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
There were some minor editing issues but they didn’t completely detract from the story. Also, Chace is slightly barbarian in his completion of sentences. I was extremely put-off when he called Faye a “Fat Ass”. Chace’s inability to share his tragedies with Faye frustrated me especially since he expected her to share everything she had while he gave nothing. Thankfully, he did eventually do this but the author did drag that out a little longer than I would normally like.
Would I Recommend This Book:
Final Star Rating:
5 of 5 stars