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Don’t ever, ever, ever go near that boy. Not unless you want to be a single mother at seventeen. That boy is Bad with a capital B.

The words that my father spoke to me when it came to Trouper Aoki didn’t scare me like they probably should.

In fact, they only made me intrigued all the more.

When it came to Troup, there was just no resisting fate when it came to the two of us.

Even at eighteen, when we went our separate ways with the promise to come back to each other once we were done pursuing our careers, I knew he would always be it for me.

And color me surprised when eight years after making that pact with Trouper, we were once again reunited. Only this time in an undercover FBI investigation—me, the FBI officer, and Troup call sign ‘State’ as a military liaison.

Trouble always finds him. You’d do better to run far, far away.

Truer words had never been spoken.

From the time Troup was a young boy, he’d been in some kind of trouble.

So it only goes to show when he winds up in the FBI investigation with none other than Beckham Spurlock, his high school sweetheart, things are bound to go wrong.

Only, he has no idea how wrong until things go bad. Really, really bad.

All it takes is saving her by hurting another for him to see the wrong side of a jail cell.

To make matters worse, he has to live the next fifteen years in prison knowing that his son will grow up without him. And the woman he loves will likely move on to a man that isn’t so much trouble.

February 23
Lani Lynn Vale
Dixie Wardens Inc.

Customer Reviews

Samantha B. Sokol ,


OMG THIS BOOK! This storyline might be one of my favorites from Lani Lynn Vale, and I would know because I’ve read them all! Beckham and Trouper meet in high school where he’s the new guy moving in for his senior year and ends up befriending her, much to her father’s dismay. Determined to keep them apart, Beckham’s father does everything he can to do so, but Beckham’s smart and continues her friendship with Trouper in secret anyways. After graduation, they continue to keep in touch and grow their feelings towards each other, but never have time to see each other, until they end up working a case together almost a decade later. Sadly, this case is the one that breaks them apart when the unbelievable happens to Beckham and when they find out who’s behind it, Trouper goes crazy. Once everything goes down and Trouper is in prison, Beckham continues to keep him secret but does everything she can for him, including manipulating the warden, until Trouper is randomly moved – but it changes their lives forever. Working with the “fake” MC and pardoned for his crime, Beckham and Trouper both go into business with Lynn and they also get to solve Beckham’s original case that broke them in the first place. What a crazy, wild ride for this couple but also the suspense of that original case! Things were definitely not what the originally seemed and I was thrown with the knowledge of that. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series to get to know the guys that Lynn pardoned and why.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Chana1986 ,


I found LLV’s books about a year ago and have read everything since! I was worried about how this story would unravel since I heard a little bit of the backstory in previous books. I shouldn’t have worried...this story blew me away! I love all her books and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Judy Hartley ,

This series keeps getting better and better

4 1/2 stars for the second installment from this series!
I’ve always wondered about Beckham Spurlock and her story. And it’s finally time to get to find out about Beckham and Trouper Aoki. Their story spans over many years and because of that we get an in depth look into their complicated history. As with all of her books, Lani takes you on a journey with twists and turns where the characters find love and find themselves along the way to their HEA. You can’t go wrong with this amazing story of self discovery, love, and forever.

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