I’ve loved him as long as I can remember. The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop. Killian Shepard. Shep. We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life. He’d be back. He was always meant to be mine. He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me. So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f**king family.
The author keeps the reader guessing for most of the story which brother (Killian or Kael) the heroine (Maverick) will end up with. In the story, there is a shooting, and one of the brothers is fighting for his life while Maverick waits, cries and prays, scared that she will lose the man she loves. The other brother shows up at the hospital, and she tells him, “I wish it had been you.” The story is then told in flashbacks, going back over their lives together to explain how they got to where they are in the present day.
I guessed pretty early on which brother was the hero, but there were times that it didn’t look like a sure thing. Maverick loved both of them all of her life. She loved them for different reasons. Killian was her life-long crush and her first lover. Kael was her best friend. I was afraid at times that Maverick would pick the wrong one. It really could have gone either way.
I personally couldn’t see what it was that Maverick saw in Killian. Kael is knocking himself out, always there for her, and she still loves the guy who dumped her and ran off with her sister. Killian wasn’t honorable for most of the book. He was always sneaking around, trying to win her back from his brother all while he’s married to her sister. What kind of creep does that, and who loves a creep who continually puts you in that position?
There is, of course, a big reveal towards the end that explains why Killian did what he did. Everyone has been hiding something, and Maverick was the only one left clueless.
The hero in the book is hands-down the best romance hero I have ever read. He was funny, he was kind, he was sexy, he was gorgeous, he was caring, he was goofy and fun, he was romantic (some of the things he said!), and he was 100% devoted to her. He wasn’t too good to be true. He had his flaws, too, and he made mistakes that almost cost him the heroine.
For a love triangle, this book was well written and hard to put down. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.