At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.
Shona's review 4 of 5 stars
This one was a bit of a slow burner for me. I didn't instantly connect with Calla and that made it difficult for me to get into her story. I could understand her reluctance to get close to anyone, the lies about her life and family that she tells her few college friends and the makeup that she insists on hiding behind. It wasn't long before we saw the more vulnerable side to Calla.
I didn't particularly like Jax either in the beginning, I felt like he had something to hide... but he very quickly redeemed himself in my eyes, not just the way he protected Calla, but they way he helped her see past her own scars and start to open up to people.
This particular story in the series is so much darker than the ones that have come before. I know we faced some pretty horrible dealings with Avery's story and again with Teresa's story, but Callas story is so much more than that. It isnt long before she discovers the mess her mother has left behind for her and I was on the edge of my sat from then on in.
This book had it all... the death threats, drug dealings and serious danger. There was a ton of emotion throughout this book. On more than one occasion I found myself in tears, some happy, some not so happy. The chemistry between Calla and Jax is through the roof. Seriously. I loved both Cam and Jace... but those boys need to move it along because Jax just became my main squeeze.