Tess O’Hara owns a bakery. She’s a 43 year old survivor of a very bad, abusive marriage. The story opens with her making love for the first time with her 45 year old boyfriend. Jake is a bit of a mystery. After he leaves, Tess falls asleep. Shortly after, her house is swarmed by police, and she’s taken in for questioning. The questioning has to do with her drug dealing, douchebag ex-husband. The police don’t believe she isn’t part of his newest illegal activities because her name is on joint bank accounts. She finally breaks down at the station and explains why she’d have nothing to do with her ex. He’d raped her. When she says that, she hears a loud crash outside the interrogation room. The police finally let her go. On the way out of the station, she sees Jake in one of the offices and he’s wearing a badge. Her mysterious boyfriend isn’t named Jake. His name is Brock Lucas, and he’s a cop.
I liked this book and its heroine a LOT better than I’ve like KA’s heroines in the previous book in this series and in the Rock Chick series books I’ve read so far. Tess isn’t ditzy or obnoxious. Tess is sugar sweet, but she’s tough. I liked that Tess and Brock were both older. Once they got past the initial confusion of his having been undercover investigating her, and he confessed to having actual feelings for her, their dedication to one another never wavered. I liked that a lot.
The angst and danger in this story came from both of their exes and some from his family and his past. The supporting cast of friends and family were great. KA focused almost exclusively on his family and very little on Tess’s. I loved that Tess didn’t play games. She never lied. She found good in almost everyone. Brock was strong and supportive and a great family man. I loved that he was 100% Tess’s man.