(The Hurley Boys #2)
by Lauren Dane
Release: November 25, 2014, Harlequin HQN
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️
Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…
Then she met him.
Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul… "
I so enjoy these brothers… and Ezra was intruiging right from the first book in the series. Leave it to Lauren Dane to depict a perfect dark and tormented hero!
The main characters, Tuesday and Ezra, are familiar to those who have read the first book in the series, and although I don't believe it is necessary to read the first, to enjoy the second, I found it gave me a good solid base for my impression of the protagonists.
Tuesday and Ezra have been dancing around each other, aware of their mutual attraction, but neither acting on it. That is, until the first kiss. Both in denial, each battling their own guilt issues and insecurities brought on by their respective painful pasts, they retreat into their safe corners. The heart has a mind of its own and builds on the impact of that brief physical connection until resistance becomes futile. The only option for self-preservation seems to be a purely physical relationship, but there are things that cannot be controlled, no matter how hard they try.
With all restraints gone on their relationship, the shadows from the past come creeping in and expose insecurities, but the only step toward any future is to leave the past behind. The question is whether Tuesday and Ezra even can…
Lauren Dane describes the evolution of a unique and intense physical and emotional connection that, although revealing and raw at the onset, develops into a healing relationship for both.
Beautiful, intense and well-written… as always.
✨An emotional, mature and insightful read!✨
**Copy provided in return for an honest review**