Genres: Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 10, 2018
Buckled is the second book in this dark romance series and I didn’t know what to expect. Knotted wrung me out and left me in a puddle mess. What could they do to top that, well, I hoped nothing bad. While this is still a dark romance, it is quite a bit lighter than the first book. There is no instalove or really instalust, but there is a lot of cat and mouse games between the two that makes it more likable if a tad annoying as well.
Maybe Quinn wants a story. Not just any story, but one she is holding close even if she is giving out a story about people going missing, felons mysteriously skipping out on their parole and one family at the center of it all. She’s not all she seems, but she’s hiding it well if only she believes that. Getting her story, even the secret one isn’t going to be easy, but she needs answers and only one man can give them to her.
Jarret feels the pull to Maybe, but will protect his family. There isn’t a line he won’t cross to keep the family secrets, secret. When Maybe comes a knocking on their bar table, he decides to keep her close and find out all her secrets before sending her on her way back to wherever she came from….with no answers and no story.
Maybe has gone through a lot and come out strong if bruised emotionally. Her story comes out slowly bit by bit over time and you get more of the overall story that had some holes from the first book. She lives out of her car, rations her food, but her one goal is worth it all. She just needs that in to the Juliep Ranch to find all the skeletons they are hiding, because the answer to her questions just has to be here. She’s tough, strong even if she is slightly submissive. Submissive in no way takes away from her strength. Some stupid things were done, naive in believing someone and now without much to her name, she strikes out to find out what happened to the life she thought was wonderful.
Jarret values nothing more than family. He will do anything it takes to protect his family. The first book opens with a horrific event he was made to witness. His best friend is in jail for killing a man. He just wants to work hard on the ranch and live a simple life without the deceit that has ruled most of his life. Wicked sense of humor, a dark romantic side and more loyal person you couldn’t find. I loved his character. While his twin brother was intense, Jarret balanced it with a more sensible side.
I’m generally not a big fan of dark romances. I don’t really know why I read the first book, but after I had I was invested in the series and wanted Jarret’s and Lorne’s story since they were both so much affected by the events in the first book. This is a well thought out addition to the series that gives you lust, love, violence, hard work, baring of a souls and healing as they all have their own crosses to bear. Jarret may come across as the nice guy, but he has an intense side that even Maybe gets to see. Maybe has her good side and bad. Redemption isn’t what they are seeking, but through their actions, they are building themselves back into what they wanted all their lives.
This ended up being my favorite book in the series. Jake and Conor were set into motion on pain and betrayal from page one. Jarret and Maybe have a lower mountain to get over. Lorne will be out of jail soon and his heroine has just as many problems, but I will get into that in their story.
I wouldn’t recommend this story if you haven’t read the first because it would be harder to understand the plot. If you can’t read the first book, then I suggest leaving this one alone. It isn’t for everyone and normally it wouldn’t have been for me. I just happen at times to be too stubborn to give up on a story. This was one series I had to complete.
Check out the Series – Trails of Sins
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