Newly appointed police chief Cash Grier makes it his personal mission to keep law and order in the streets of Jacobsville. As a true renegade, Cash has learned never to take anything at face value—especially not his gorgeous sworn enemy, "Georgia Firefly" Tippy Moore. But Tippy is no longer a spoiled Hollywood starlet, just an unassuming beauty who has almost as many skeletons in her closet as Cash.
The hard-edged Texan finds himself powerless to resist their explosive chemistry. Just as Cash is about to believe that Tippy might be the one for him, an unforgivable betrayal leads to despair, deceit—and unexpected danger. Now all roads lead to this one pivotal moment that will test the very fabric of a love that had once known no bounds….
Palmer's new romance catches up with small-town Jacobsville, Tex., police chief Cash Grier and fashion model turned film star Tippy Moore, who crossed paths in the author's previous novel, Lawless. Hardened, war-weary Cash, a former mercenary, swears he'll never trust another woman again after a crushing betrayal by his ex-wife ("They say bullets are dangerous. But the most dangerous thing on earth is love.'); red-headed Tippy's sunny exterior hides a horrific past of abuse and neglect, making her equally wary of men. An idyllic meeting in New York, where Tippy lives, segues quickly into a rather improbable series of events, including a miscarriage, a kidnapping and a daring rescue. When Cash whisks Tippy off to Jacobsville for her own safety, the pressures on the couple ease, but Palmer concocts some convoluted sideplots featuring local politicians trying to work outside the law and a state senator arrested for inebriation. Too many pages are wasted reiterating ad infinitum the trust issues that plague Cash and Tippy, but Palmer knows how to make the sparks fly between her protagonists. The ties binding Tippy and Rory, the nine-year-old half-brother she cares for, and the solid relationship Cash builds with both of them are heartwarming and endearing.
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Problematic about sexual violence survivors
I couldn’t finish this book because of how the author tries to incorporate sexual violence trauma into the storyline... I work with sexual assault survivors and spend a lot of time with it through my job on a college campus, and this was just too inaccurate and victim-blaming and sexist for me to get through. I tried two different times to read this because I liked the other stories in this series. I loved Cash and Tippy in Lawless, but they’re problematic AF in this.