Just like his siblings, Rusty McClane had a rough past. Unlike his siblings, he hasn’t been able to move on and live a normal life. His dark web surfing and late-night proclivities bring cops to his doorstep, and still he can’t stop himself.
Harper Blake is the legal investigator assigned to his case. When she meets this brooding client who supplies only cryptic answers in the conference room of her law office, she vows to dig up everything this bad boy has buried.
Blake’s assignment is to gather evidence and help prove that McClane had nothing to do with the disappearance of an underage girl. She dives into an underworld filled with sex trafficking, kidnapping and murder. The more she’s immersed in this culture, the more she doubts that Rusty could be the predator the police claim he his.
McClane is sex personified and, annoyingly, a distraction for Harper. She can’t understand why he triggers primitive urges that make her want to rip his clothes off, but she’s starting to think that’s the only thing he’s actually guilty of.
Harper Blake is only sure of one thing—she has to be careful with her trust. This mystery has deep layers she didn’t see coming and disparate players that she never suspected. If she leaks info to the wrong person, more girls could go missing. She decides to lay her life on the line and do what she can to uncover the chilling secrets hiding in the shadows of her hometown.
Unfortunately, the whole book happens in the span of a week, so I had to remove a star because the main characters fell in love too fast, but it all feels completely natural when you read it. There’s a burning physical attraction during their forced proximity which is hard for the hero and heroine to resist. They exchange personal stories to get to know each other better and begin to feel like the other person can provide a puzzle piece to complete what’s missing in them.
At least the characters admit to themselves that they haven’t known each other long. And there’s an epilogue that explains a lot more, so I’m happy just knowing I read a gripping story that totally enthralled me.
I’m going to rate this book 4-stars only because the timeline was short enough that it can’t bust the romance stigma. However, in other ways it beats the stigma by having Harper and Rusty get to know each other’s darkest secrets. It’s still 1-click worthy.
Full disclosure: We received an ARC from the author, free of charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
No rehab needed. This one’s clean and sober!
Other reading suggestions
Check out the Elisabeth Naughton backlist. It’s full of yummy awesomeness.