A Barnes Brothers novel
Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…
Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.
As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother's wedding have him thinking maybe there's a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist...for her.
Picking up where 2013's Wrecked left off, Walker switches focus to tattoo artist Keelie Jessup, who unexpectedly falls for photographer Zane Barnes after an electrifying encounter leaves them both reeling with attraction. Eventually, Zane overcomes Keelie's fear of commitment, enabling the two to start a hot and heavy relationship that surprises friends and family alike. But they both have intense issues to work through, including Keelie's traumatic past and Zane's overprotective nature. The story takes a dark turn as they confront their personal demons, but with the help of Zane's meddling siblings, they might just find their way to a happy ending. Walker builds her story around a passionate, convincing romance, and fleshes it out with memorable characters and a healthy dose of steamy, sensual interaction that's satisfying on an emotional and visceral level. The narrative turns edgy once Walker delves into her protagonists' histories, with allusions to violence and sexual assault that some readers may find off-putting. However, Keelie's inner strength and Zane's compassion make them a couple worth rooting for.