Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wrong For Me by Jackie Ashenden

Title: Wrong For Me
Author: Jackie Ashenden
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Motor City Royals #2
Main Characters: Levi and Rachel
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher:  Kensington
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
After eight years in prison, Levi Rush is finally out and back on the gritty streets of Detroit to claim the future he was owed. A future that includes the one woman he’s wanted for years—his former best friend Rachel. She’s the reason he went inside and if getting her to do what he wants means buying the building that houses her tattoo studio and using it as leverage, then that’s what he’ll do. Because if there’s one thing he’s learned inside it’s that if you want to win, you have to play dirty.

Rachel Hamilton is a tattoo artist and one hell of a tough girl. Detroit is her home, and she’s determined to make it a better place. But her plans are threatened when her old friend Levi reappears and gives her an ultimatum: she gives herself to him body and soul, or else she and her business are out on the street. Levi’s got no room in his heart for anything but anger and the lust he’s been carrying around for so long. But the only thing stronger than the secrets of their shared past is their fiery attraction to each other . . .

My Review:

This story was so good...and heartbreaking, but that made it a highly emotional read which I happen to love.

Eight years ago, Rachel and Levi were best friends. They both also harbored crushes for the other person, but Rachel was still too young for Levi to act on anything. And then he protected her...a single punch against a man who was harassing her...the man fell wrong, hit his head, and died. Levi went to prison for 8 years for manslaughter. He is not the same kid that he was before. To make things worse, Rachel stayed completely away for all those eight years. Levi can't forgive that...and he's had 8 years to let that anger fester. Now he's back and he wants his pound of flesh.

To say Rachel and Levi's story is heartbreaking is putting it mildly. He's so angry and she's so guilty and they've both lost so, so much. I loved getting to read their story and watch them find their way through their issues. But this book is about so much more than just this couple and their relationship. It's about the dark side of Detroit's economy and those surviving the neighborhoods like Royal Road.

I loved everything about this book. I loved the idea of what Rachel has created with her tattoo shop and how she's embraced her art, her way. There were so many gorgeous little aspects to the story like that which made this book for me. I loved the book. Now I need to go back and read the first from the series and am anxiously awaiting for the third that's coming.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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