⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Series: Count to Ten #8
Author: Jane Blythe
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 1, 2019
Deacon Staines is a man on the edge. He wants his family back together and things to be the same as they used to be. He married the woman he fell in love with in grad school after they reconnected after graduating high school. He will do whatever it takes to get his wife and fifteen-year-old daughter back. He finally knows where they are after six months of looking. A man on the edge is a danger to anyone that gets in his way. However, he’s not the only one who will take out anyone who is in the way or may be in the way.
Ryan and Sophia Xander have been through their fair share of trouble, danger, and darkness. Now they’re in a good place. They have two beautiful children and a great marriage. Sophia used the property she inherited from her family and some of her inheritance to open The Matilda Rose Women’s and Children’s Center. A safe haven for women and children trying to get out of an abusive household. Sophia runs the Center with her sister in-law Laura Xander who is the psychiatrist, her friend Annabelle Montague runs the children’s programs and day care, and her friend Paige Hood, who is a full-time cop and teaches the self-defense classes for anyone interested in taking them. Ryan is a cop and helps out as needed at the center when he can.
Kimberly Ute is a new addition to the center as a live-in nurse. She helped Macey and Elle Staines get away from an abusive husband and father. Macey Staines needs to get away from her husband Deacon, he has become abusive. She might have stayed with him even if he was hitting Macey, but when he lifted a hand to Elle their fifteen-year-old daughter, she could not allow that to happen again.
I loved this story. Even though it was violent, had triggers, and not a full-on feel-good story. It was written so well, and that is what I loved about it. The suspense and twists in this story were so intriguing that the pages turning. I was so intrigued to find out who the culprit was that I kind of lost track of time and what was going on around me. I give this book a 5-star review and highly recommend it to readers who like suspense, crime, or stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. This story is a great mix of all as well as a crazy family that is always there for each other, even if they are loud and tend to have their nose in each other’s business.