I have heard only good things about Debra Kayn’s writing and wanted to read her new series. Weston is the second book in the Hard Body series. The Hard Body series are the love stories of four friends who run a body shop and PI agency together. The first book Archer sets the ground for the series and I didn’t want to wait to jump in. While Weston can be read as a stand alone, there are hints and references to the first book that could leave you a little confused.
Detective Rocki Bangli has been undercover trying to find evidence to convict Darrell Archer (the uncle of the first book’s hero). Four months of not contacting her mother, living under house arrest and getting farther than any other undercover cop, Rocki is getting frustrated it’s going no where. Sent to a bar to meet a group of people, she is expected to do anything to get in the bed of one Tony Weston, even if she doesn’t know is name first. Lie after lie comes out of her mouth to Tony and while they end up at his house, nothing happens. Escaping Tony’s arms, Darrell reveals he knows who she is and now she is on the run.
Tony Weston knows Rocki. He saw her a year ago at the academy teaching classes. So when he sees her, he knows she is undercover and doesn’t blow it even though her cover is very transparent. Attracted to her longer than she has know him, Tony takes Rocki in protecting her, loving her and just plain being the alpha male he is in resolving her issues.
Rocki though is very independent and often ignores Tony, in fact she calls him Weston to just irritate him. Having only a mother, Rocki is very isolated with no friends to run too. The group takes her in as one of their own, especially when they know how Weston feels about her.
Weston is the ultimate alpha male, but he also respects Rocki and her job. While he doesn’t want to stifle her, he does want to protect her. But what also endears him to us is his total loyalty to his friends. He would do almost anything for them and to protect them.
Some of the plot seemed a little corny. Of course the bad guys know where Rocki is. I expected them to make bigger plays to get to her. Rocki is also kind of ditzy in trying to meet Darrell without Weston’s help. She just can’t get it in her head that he could possibly really hurt her. She just sees it as her job and that she has to take care of it.
For parts of the story you don’t know if Rocki’s boss is dirty or not. Her mother is not as sweet as you think. Weston’s parents were adorable. Two women take Rocki into their friendship circle and it was wonderful to watch her go from no friends to two instant friends. The friendship and depth of caring for all just blew me away.
Unfortunately some of the silly holes in the plot got to me and I had a hard time just letting them go. The sex is hot…why wouldn’t it be? But it didn’t inspire me to get a cold drink.
Overall, just a fun story that has me wanting to read about each guy falling in love.
Do you like having a great cast of side characters?
What kind of car do you think Tony Weston drives?