Tuesday, February 27, 2018

True to You by Jennifer Ryan

Title: True to You
Author: Jennifer Ryan
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Montana Heat #2
Main Characters: Flash (Dawson King) and Cara
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Avon
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A Montana Man risks everything for the woman he loves . . .
Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there’s a wild card . . . the killer’s beloved daughter. Cara Potter may appear to be on the right side of the law, but King has learned the hard way to trust no one—even someone as tantalizing as the coffee shop owner. She’s irresistible . . . but is she also dangerous?
From the moment he enters her life, King makes Cara . . . nervous. The handsome drifter says he wants to get his life together . . . but there is something about him that doesn’t quite ring true. Cara wants to believe in him, yet she holds back despite the way he awakens dormant dreams and leaves her breathless with his sexy smile, steamy kisses, his every touch.
When the explosive truth comes out and she’s betrayed by the ones she loves, Cara must decide—can she trust her heart, or should she listen to her head?
My Review:
Okay, I'm not sure how this happened because I know that I have a ton of Jennifer Ryan books in my TBR pile, but this is the first time I've actually read one of her books. And it should also be noted that I was only about 25% into this book when I got online and ordered the first book in the series...because I NEED to read Trigger and Ashley's story...it sounds amazing. 

But this review is about this book...which was pretty darn good, too. King has just gotten out of prison...after a 150+ day stint to set him up for his undercover DEA operation. You see, he's trying to get close to Cara who is the daughter of a criminal drug-running mastermind. On the surface, Cara has an honest business, but she hires down on their luck ex-cons...and gives them the opportunity for a fresh start. 

Regardless of what the DEA thinks, Cara is innocent and hates her father for the chaos his life has brought to hers. She's doing what she can to make up for his life...by offering ex-cons a way to start over. So many times, ex-cons don't have good choices they can make. 

But as much as Cara wants her father to stay away, he doesn't follow her wishes and continues to show up which continues to drag Cara and her business into his business...which isn't good. 

I enjoyed this book. I had no idea how it was going to all play out and was shocked when the climax started happening so early, but that meant that there was a great closure to the story that I did really enjoy...even if it did drag on for a tiny bit too long. 

It may have been my first Jennifer Ryan read, but it definitely won't be my last. It was a completely engaging story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

NOTE: The best line in this entire book happens way early when King is talking to Ashley...'he'll be in and out quick...so she won't even notice' (that's a summary), but two days later, I STILL crack up when I think about that scene. Needless to say, I loved the friendship between Trigger and King and am dying to go back and read Trigger's book now. 

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

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