Series: Green County #1
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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Even when you know better….
There are a million reasons why Hazel Campton is off limits: she’s a journalist. I’m a cop. Oh, and she’s my foster sister.
My secret is I didn’t care. I haven’t stopped wanting her since I slept with her the night before she left.
She’s trouble. Always has been.
It’s hard to resist the thing you’ve always wanted…
Growing up with Brandon Archer means I know him. Good. Bad. Everything in between.
It’s just never mattered.
My secret? That night. The one I stole, that’s kept me from Archer and Green County, for four years.
Now I’m home, and nothing has changed. Except me. And not in the way that means a damn thing.
Because I still want him.
Everything can change with a knock at the door…
Secrets. Everyone has them. Archer. Me. This town.
Perfection only runs surface deep in Green County. When there’s a knock at me door, it’s a familiar face all covered in danger, and all those secrets we hide? They’re about to come tumbling out.
I must admit, this is a relatively new author for me, but I liked Stardust Destiny, so I was pretty excited about this book. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this book because it is so vastly different then Stardust Destiny, I mean one is basically mobbed up and the other is small town USA, but regardless I was ready to jump in with both feet.
It’s beyond obvious when this book first starts that there is a lot of backstory going on between the characters, and this is one of those books where it slowly is all revealed to you. I like backstory, and I like how it wasn’t all throw at you all at once, the slow reveal kept me interested in finding out more as the book continued. So this book is a lot about coming home, our heroine, Hazel, is back after four years away, and she has some seriously strained relationships. Her and her best friend Gabe are in this weird awkward place. Her foster brother Eli and her seem to be doing better then Hazel is with any of her other relationships, but things are definitely different. And as for Archer… her other foster brother, well things are tension filled, and maybe that’s because he’s the reason she left in the first place. Having feelings for him was never part of her plan, so she ran.
While there is a lot of interpersonal relationship dynamics at work here, and they are really interesting to see how they play out, they all play out under the backdrop of a bit of a mystery. It takes a minute for the mystery elements to show themselves, but the fact that Eli and Archer are cops play a big role in what’s going on. When the book picks up the mystery thread there is a massacre, which is a huge deal in a tiny town like Green County, and everyone is scrambling to figure out what happened and who is responsible. And Hazel, well she is interested as an investigative reporter, but this story hits home in ways none of them were ready for.
I received an ARC of this book, so my biggest issues with the book were things I assume got fixed before it was published (the names were sometimes wrong or mixed up), but other that that if I had one thing I wish were different was that it was longer so maybe we would have had more time with the backstory. I feel like especially with Eli there is a lot going on with him that maybe would have been helpful to shine more of a light on. The book has a nice pace to it, and the dynamics between Hazel and Archer were great. Sometimes there were stand offish, other times it seemed like they were the same person, they just belonged together, and other time were just plain hot. So if you like complex relationship with a bit of mystery thrown in, then this might be the book for you.