Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Razing Kayne by Julieanne Reeves

Razing Kayne is one of those rare gems of a book that you are lucky to find once in a while. I am beating myself up for not reading it sooner, I don’t want to think about this wonderful book whiling away on my kindle while I was ignoring it. I have to give credit to Dhes (Uniquely Moi Dhestiny on Goodreads) for her amazing review which sealed the deal for me to read it after all. I don’t even want to imagine what I would have missed!

“For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reason for living.  

Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven't begun to heal. 

When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. But she and her children are a forever package, and he's vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child -- and hopefully one another.”

Kayne and Jessica have both been through tragedies and heartache. Kayne lost his whole family when his wife killed their children and then committed suicide and Jess lost her husband, maybe even long before the fatal day he died in an explosion trying to protect a little baby girl found at the accident scene.  When Kayne pulls Jess over for speeding, he feels an instant connection but his life has been desolate and lonely for so long, he isn’t ready to take the plunge and care about someone again or have them care about him. Jess’ kids instantly fall in love with Kayne and he finds himself spending more and more time with the Hallstatt family. One thing he can’t get out of his mind is how similar the youngest Hallstatt, Grace, looks to his lost daughter, Tasha. Tasha was lost after the massacre at Kayne’s house but could never be found. Kayne has suspicions but he doesn’t want to hurt Jessica or her children, so he keeps them to himself until Jessica and Kayne come to a point where they have to make life changing decisions. 

Even though the way Jess and Kayne start their relationship is not very romantic, I loved that we are able to spend so much time with them as a couple. You might assume that this book is sad and you won’t get around shedding a few tears. Well, you’re right, but the happy and fun moments of the book by far outweigh the sad ones. If the sad wasn’t there, the happy would only be half as beautiful and precious. Seeing Kayne embrace his new life and love again was one of the most beautiful things I have come across in reading romance. Jess and Kayne both deserve so much happiness and their children were a joyful addition to the story. 

There is a suspense plot in Razing Kayne but it is well balanced out with the romance and always connected to family life and the budding new love between Kayne and Jess. You won’t have to go through pages of police work; Julieanne Reeves always adds a personal touch and mixes romance and suspense very well.

Lastly, I want to talk about the plot. I don’t want to give anything away because the plot is developed in a way that every scene and new step in the story somehow has consequences, as it should. If I told you one thing, I would have to explain the whole book to you because the author created the story as one beautifully interwoven package, not separate chapters without any real connection.

So you now know that you will read about tragedy, romance, friends and family, a mystery sub plot and of course love. What more could you ask for? Some sizzle, you say? Some dirty loving? Well, you’re in luck because on top of an already beautiful and fantastic story, Julieanne Reeves created a smoking hot cop, in uniform and out of it, and a sexy and soft woman with a core of steel and they are sizzling hot together. You don’t need any kink to get these two going. One look and they can’t keep their hands off each other.

I started Razing Kayne with the intention of only reading the first chapter to decide where I wanted it on my to-read list. The next time I looked up from my kindle it was 4 am. Razing Kayne combines it all in one delicious, emotional, fun package. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes love stories with a bit of a kick!

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