Family | Crime | Humor | Suspense | Standalone
With the help of their ball-busting daughter, some questionable morals, and an important job to get done, Casey and Boone will steal you away to the grit and glitz of Las Vegas in this fast-paced romance.
I’m not supposed to do this job without Boone.
We may not share genes, but it’s been us against the world since his mom took me in as a toddler. The rowdy O’Sullivan boys who raised all the hell that Vegas could handle. Not that all my memories are wild and make my heart race. After all, I realized I was in love with the bastard at some point, so there’s been plenty of pathetic yearning and jealousy too.
Even so, it’s been him and me. Brothers, partners in crime, and, for the past six years, co-parents to an amazing little girl. But that’s another story. Right now, I gotta focus on the job our cousin gave us, and I need Boone by my side.
The problem is we haven’t really been on speaking terms for four years now.
From the first mention I saw about this book I was excited to read it. The teasers had me curious and I couldn't figure out what the relationship between Case and Boone was - if they were related, how they ended up having a daughter together, if they had ever been together as a couple. I had so many questions and I couldn't wait to find out the answers.
Cara Dee, once again, did an amazing job with this story. It's kind of a spin off of her "Auctioned" series and it's set between the third and fourth books. Case and Boone are Darius's cousins who live in Las Vegas and are toeing the line with what's legal and what's not - okay, that's a lie, they totally cross it all the time, but they try to be smart and careful about it.
If you expect stand up characters, great father figures and conventional families, you'll be disappointed. If, on the other hand, want to read about bad boys breaking all kinds of laws, two brothers and best friends raising a little girl to follow in their footsteps and a mother that loves her kids trully unconditionally, then you're in the right place!
A little bit about the story:
Case and Boone aren't related by blood but they grew up together, in the same house and calling the same woman "mom". They are raising Ace together, but they aren't related to her by blood either. Both of them are her dads, but they've never been a couple.
Sounds complex, right?
In reality, it was awesome! Learning about their past and how they reached the point they were in at the beginning of the book. Learning about their connection and their feelings. Seeing them putting their relationship back together.
The story starts when Boone is at a very low point in his life. He's ready to snap. Case seems like he has everything together, but in reality he's just as much lost. They haven't been on speaking terms for four years and it's taking its toll on them. They grew up together, being brothers, best friends and co-workers at the same time. They were each other's most important person and suddenly everything stopped.
This job came at the perfect moment to bring them back together. They had a lot of things from the past to talk about, especially the big secret that tere was between them and that was the reason for their falling out.
I loved reading about Case and Boone finding their way back to each other. Their scenes together were great, their interactions filled with laughter and competitiveness. They were grumpy and funny and their banter was perfect. Their scenes with Ace were something else. The way they chose to raise her was definitely unvonventional, they treated her as an adult, always telling her the truth and including her as much as they could in their conversations and even in their work, when they could. They weren't careful about cursing in front of her and they didn't forbid her from doing it either. Actually, there's one instance were Ace decided to paraphrase a curse word and Case's reaction was to be alarmed and worried about why that happened. She was fierce and pretty independent. I don't know how the way they chose to raise her is going to play out once she reaches puberty, but I hope everything will be fine.
This book is a lot lighter than the Auctioned series, it's full of funny moments, banter and laughter. Of course, there are also serious scenes, but there's always a funny comment or action to lighten the mood. I had fun while reading it and I laughted a lot. The epilogue was sweet and perfect. I'm happy that this family figured everything out and I liked what their future seemed to look like.
Case and Boone were great together, I don't think either of them could be happy with anyone else. It took them a lot of years to get it right, but they deserve their HEA. I hope they'll make some cameo's in future books, their energy is refreshing and their dynamic was something I wouldn't mind seeing some more of.
~ I read an ARC of this book. ~
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