Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.
Now she’s back.
Tabitha knew coming home was a mistake, but family obligation demanded it. She wasn’t expecting to run smack into the love of her life the same day she returned.
Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. She needs a second chance too, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.
Tabitha knows her haunted past will destroy both of them if Wyatt finds out. What she suffered through was too terrible and it’s the one thing that will have him crossing the line for revenge.
FTC : I got this ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am a rabid fan-girl with this series.
I cannot put this series into any one genre. Each book seems to fit into a particular category of it’s own; Clay was Erotic Romance, Romeo was angsty romance and Wyatt is different again. This book travelled through the entire back-history of a romance that had begun at childhood. This is the story of that once in a lifetime love that can never be surpassed but, in this case, it was also a love that could never be. This is a first love book about two people from different sides of the track and the how the events in their lives conspired to destroy them. With angst, self-sacrifice, love and violence, it fits with the main theme of the series but this unforgettable book stands on its own. I honestly can say that there aren’t many books that have affected me like this one.
Wyatt has always left an impression on me. Cocky and brash, his underlying vulnerability about the mysterious Tabitha has always intrigued me. In this tale, I found where their story began. I saw charming youngster Wyatt decide who the woman of his dreams was in Kindergarten and spend years making her feel the same way. We then follow this couple from childhood through to their early twenties where we see it all go so very wrong. The flashback scenes have a child-like edge but the themes are so very definitely adult it makes this a compelling book from start to finish.
Wyatt has a wonderful upbringing. Although his mother died in childhood, Kele Moon does an exceptionally good job of showing that neither he nor Jules suffered from a lack of a loving family. His upbringing is a far cry from that of Tabitha who grew up in constant fear. From her abusive brother to her severely negligent Mother, there was very little that she could look forward to outside of her time with Wyatt. The innocence and purity of their relationship is a contrast to her home-life and, when things get horrendous, she decides that she doesn’t want her life to taint his and runs. Her self-sacrifice is heart breaking but what makes it worse is that she is happy for him to hate her for it so long as he never learns the truth. I cried my eyes out in these scenes, distressed at the way her only happiness was ripped away by something that was outside of her control. When flipping back to present day Tabitha and Wyatt, I was treated to a glimpse of what might have been but, alas, even then there was no way that they could become the epic love story that they were destined to be. The secret between them was too devastating and the implications too far-reaching for the truth to ever come out. I cried even more at the hopelessness of the situation. It truly is a book that grabbed hold of my heart.
This series is all about love and family and, as such, we will always see the rest of the family. In this book we saw more on the history of Hal and Terry and this heart-breaking glimpse alone makes me hope that they get a tale too (I know, such a demanding blogger). The tale that I know will break me is Nova’s. He is built up in this book as the ultimate anti-hero, willing to wield death and destruction for the protection of his family. One line in the book sees Wyatt muse that Nova will protect his family from the implications of their actions by blackening his own soul (this paraphrased as to remove spoilers). I was wrecked by that thought and had to put down the book. I don’t know if and how he will be saved but I do hope that he is. His situation, much like Tabitha’s, is an accident of blood and circumstance and I think he deserves some peace. The last scene is….. well, that one made me ugly cry.
This is a book which crosses genres
and tropes to become a book that, to me, will remain unforgettable. The tale of this innocent love destroyed by
the darkness that Tabitha was born into grabbed me by the heart and imagination
and refused to let go. Read it with
tissues and water-proof mascara but definitely read it.