Author: Shiloh Walker
Publisher by: Penguin
Published on: December 2, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…
Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.
As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother's wedding have him thinking maybe there's a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist...for her.
Razed is Zane and Keelie’s story. Keelie co-owns the tattoo shop with Zach and Zane is the oldest Barnes brother. He is a photographer who has had the hots for Keelie for some time. He decides he is going to stop taking a back seat in his life and moves back to where his family is to open up a photography studio plus go after Keelie.
Keelie on the other hand is hiding and wants to be left alone but that does not take away from the attraction she feels for Zane. This begins their push and pull throughout the book, Zane wanting Keelie to open up and let him in because he cares so much about her and Keelie continuing to hide and run away. She is not who everyone believes she is and when her past comes back to rear its ugly head, the Barnes brothers go into protection mode.
I really wanted to LOVE this book. I was so excited to read it. Alpha male, a feisty tattooed chick with issues and a family that is loyal and love each other fiercely. Its an overplayed concept but I love it just the same but this just didn’t click with me. The dual POV was weird to me. It didn’t flow as cleanly as I would have liked. Keelie’s BIG secret…mehh…did nothing for me. Zane was alpha maleish but boy did he know how to lay on the sexy. He said some things that would make any girl swoon.
“I want to peel your clothes away, learn each and every one of those insanely sexy tattoos…and the reasons behind them. I want to know what makes you laugh, and I want to know what makes you mad…You see, Keelie…I want a lot more than a quick fuck from you.”
He really was a swoon worthy character even if sometimes he wasn’t as alpha as I would have liked. His fierce need to protect Keelie, from others and sometimes even herself was definite plus for me.
For the record you do not have to read Wreaked to read Razed. Ms. Walker gives you enough backstory on Zach and Abby that you follow along perfectly. I was slightly interested to read their story and see how the child stars got together. I will definitely picked up Busted. Trey, the quiet widower with a 5 yr old son, interested me and I am curious to see if these characters will have their intended effect.
Ms. Walker is a wonderful author and does know how to write, weave and create a great story and characters but sadly, for me, this story did not resonate the way she intended. I am willing to give her another shot and see if maybe it was just these characters that fell flat.
In the end…