Dax Colyn is one of the bad boys of Willow Valley. A fearless volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic, he makes all the woman swoon and he likes it that way. He keeps people at a distance since his mother died. He doesn’t want to let anyone in, much less a woman he knows he could fall in love with.
Ava Anderson keeps people away, too. Haunted by her tortured past and constantly fearful of the future, it’s only her daughter Olivia and Dax’s dad Rowdy that she’s let in.
But when tragedy strikes, it pushes Dax and Ava together, forcing them both to let go of their fears. They soon learn how hard it is to keep pretending and how easy it is to let others in. Especially when those people are family.
** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **
Sometimes it isn’t about the ending, but the journey to get there. And this story encapsulates that thought beautifully. Although technically a “clean” read, the sexual want, yearning, and power between the two leads nearly incinerates. If all “bad boys” were this sizzling, I would carry a hose with me everywhere I go. Emotions ranged from laughter to heartbreak to suspenseful anxiety and everything in-between. And I enjoyed every moment of the ride.
My rating: Redbreast