Old secrets, new threats...What are they willing to sacrifice?
Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.
Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.
Even when his secrets threaten them both.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 – stars I love settling in with this author, because she never disappoints. And she has hit it out of the ballpark once again. As always, her characters come alive. Instead of simply reading a story, you can’t help but being drawn in so that you live it, you feel you know Kylee Parker and Jayson Donovan personally, and after the book has ended you find yourself wondering what they are up to now. While there are tropes and formulas in writing Romance, you never notice with Ms. Flade. Her writing is real, the situations authentic and compelling, never forced. Full disclosure, there were places where I wasn’t sure who was speaking, forcing me to stop and back track, more so toward the end, but it wasn’t enough to take me out of the moment. I loved this book, love the author, and can’t wait for more. Well done.
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books! When I read this blurb, it instantly grabbed my attention. A bad boy, a cop, and a history of romance; how could I not read it? Well, I was very pleasantly surprised I enjoyed it even more than I anticipated! These two characters were fun to read. They have an intense chemistry that she tries to fight. It’s obvious they are both attracted to one another but there is a history that weighs between the two. It’s intense at times, comical at others, and downright heartbreaking as well. The author does a great job writing each scene. It’s detailed out leaving no guessing what is going on. Descriptions were on par to keep ones attention. It made it very easy to visualize the scenery and action. This was, overall, a very good book. There was action, there was love, there was some serious chemistry, and there was love. It was a deep down unquestionable love that took a while to fully show up. I would definitely recommend reading this book. It was an incredible read! * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
A Love Restrained by Becky Flade Kylee Parker and Jayson Donovan grew up in the same neighborhood, went to school together and both had mutual crushes on one another that were never voiced UNTIL they meet later in life when Kylee arrests Jayson for selling drugs. Yes, Kylee became a police officer to fight on the side of right and the young man she once desired was on the opposite side of the law. Can a cop and a crook find love and if they do can it survive the ups and downs such a relationship might encounter? Well, it isn’t easy going for either of them as they try to do just that. They are lucky to be given a second and perhaps third chance at love and so deserve to find a happy future together. Kylee comes from a large loving family. She is educated, bright and strong. She is committed to right and sees right from wrong in black and white. Jayson comes from a home where alcohol and physical abuse reigned. He was given support by Kylee’s parents as he suffered through some tough times.. What I Liked: * Two smart tough characters with softness for one another * Two people who could commit to tough jobs * The slow unveiling of the story and the backstories of the characters * The thought processes of both characters * The side stories and supporting characters * The impeccable plotting with just enough of the characters’ pasts being told at just the right time. * Kylee and Jayson * The fact that it was not “easy” and that right choices made for right reasons were sometimes painful * The twists and turns and surprises that popped up from time to time * The writing What I didn’t like: * Hmm…let me think…not much…just the dislike for those that abused and were, as I read, meant to be disliked. Thank you to the author for the ARC. This is the first book I have read by this author but it won’t be the last. This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars