Denise Reynolds’s tightly controlled life is thrown off kilter when she’s given custody of her young cousins. There are days she has a hard enough time getting herself out of bed, never mind two precocious kids.
If that wasn’t enough, Chris Nolton comes strolling back into town as suddenly as he left it. She’d broken her own rules and given him a chance once before, only to have him ghost on her. But he’s not there for her this time. No, he’s leading the FBI Task Force intent on capturing the kids’ biological father. A man who was sent to prison for manslaughter. A man who was released five years too early. A man who wants his kids back.
The past has a way of repeating itself and once again, Denise finds herself defending the innocent against the evil of world. One wrong decision, one second guess, could have devastating consequences. To protect the most important people in her life, she’ll need to trust the one man with the power to break her.
Tarina has spent her entire life in and around the military – first as a dependent and then as an enlisted Air Force member.
In 2015, a friend challenged her to complete NaNoWriMo. She dusted off one of the many stories she’d started over the years, threw it in the trash, and started all over.
Her debut novel, Stitched Up Heart, released in September 2016. The military gives her plenty of material to work with and she strives to create characters who authentically represent all facets of the military life – the good and the not so great.
Tarina is still active duty and a single mom of five-year-old twins. Her favorite hobby is sleep. She has delusions of retiring from the military and being a stay-at-home mom.
Before you read this book, you need to go back and read Half-Broke Heart it gives you the reader a better understanding of the characters and their back stories.
4.5 ‘Murphy’ Stars
After everything that has happened to Denise she never expected to become guardians of K-Squared. Those two slayed me. Well done for creating such adorable kids. But trouble is brewing.
Denise never thought that she would see Chris again but now he has come a calling and he is there to sort out the trouble. Chris wanted to get back into Denise’s good graces in another way but Murphy doesn’t play by the same rules.
Chris and Denise are an amazing couple, they have their ups and downs but they work for it and I loved seeing these two together. They have chemistry as read in Half Broke Heart.
We see more of Jase & Bree and fingers crossed we get Graham and Paige maybe?
I loved every single moment of this book. I was floored by how action packed and fast paced it was admittedly the latter made me dock half a star. Sometimes the moments could have been longer but where just suddenly over, I wanted to savor this and as soon as I got into it I was nearly finished with the book.
Which really does speak for TD writing skills. She owned it and made this book her bitch.
She’ll suck you in, make you smile, and laugh. Gets you to squeeze a tear out here and there. Rips your heart out. Stomps on it a couple of times for good measure.
TD puts it back in again not in the way that you wanted it but hey you got it back. Makes you squeeze out a tear again. Makes you laugh and smile and you get a sweet and utterly adorable ending.
TD got it spot on with Denise being upset with what happened and her realising that she needs Chris and that it would be worth it.