Trust Me: The Complete Box Set: Matty and Kayla’s Story – Books 1-3
by Christine Bell
Trust Me, the complete box set! All three books in Matty and Kayla’s story…
As the oldest McDaniels boy, it’s always been Matty’s job to take care of his brothers, but lately, he’s been doing a crappy job of it. After a rough couple months, his brother Bash is finally back on track to make a big name for himself in the boxing world, but when his golden opportunity gets taken away, there’s nothing Matty won’t do to fix it. Even if it means making a deal with the devil…and his bossy, red-headed protégé.
Kayla James wasn’t always notorious Boston mobster Mickey Flynn’s right hand. Before that, she was nobody. He might not be perfect, but he took her in when she had no one else, and she’ll be forever in his debt. If he wants her to manage his cocky new MMA fighter and turn him into a money-making machine, she’ll do it…but she doesn’t have to like it.
Once she takes the job, though, she finds herself curiously attracted to Matthias McDaniels. He understands her better than anyone ever has and she doesn’t want to give him up, but it’s only a matter of time before he discovers the truth about her…
Kayla James has finally found a guy who understands her. Matty McDaniels might seem like just another guy looking to get laid and fight his way out of Southie, but he’s so much more than that. In fact, he’s starting to become her everything. Which makes it even harder to accept that, when he finds out she’s keeping another secret from him, he’s going to hate her guts…
Matty can’t get Kayla out of his mind. She’s the only girl he’s ever been with that made him want to be a better man. Too bad her mobster father hates him and will do whatever it takes to keep them apart.
Kayla’s world has fallen apart and only Matty knows what she’s going through. Only, she can’t turn to him anymore, because secrets and lies have torn them apart. Can they find their way back to one another and take down the man who has ruined so many lives? Or will their love be yet another victim of the formidable Mickey Flynn?
Once again, thank goodness for box sets! I’m just not good with the whole waiting for the next book thing…
I really enjoyed Matty and Kayla’s story–though I knew I would from the teaser at the end of Fix You: The Complete Box Set: Bash and Olivia’s Story – Books 1-3, of course. Ms Bell really knows how to throw obstacles in between her hero and heroine–Kayla’s the only daughter of the man who’s been making the McDaniels brothers’ lives hell, just for starters–fortunately, she also knows how to (finally, eventually) help them find their way around (or in some cases straight through!) those relationship road blocks. Trust Me is no exception to that rule.
Matty often came off as more than a little gruff in book one–as the guy who gave up everything in order to get his brothers back after their mother left them alone, he certainly had his reasons–but in his book, we see his more human side. Family is still everything to him, but now he’s got another focus–Kayla.
Kayla’s torn–she knows that her father isn’t one to walk the straight and narrow, and nor does he treat others fairly. But she also knows that here rescued her from a horrific situation years ago, and she feels like she’ll always owe him for that. She knows her father will never agree to let her see Matty on a personal level, and she also knows that when Matty finds out what Mick plans to force him to do, he’ll never want to see her again anyway. But still, she can’t stay away…
The dual narrators for this one did a great job–I love it when dual POVs are narrated by separate artists. The whole “box set” concept meant that we moved seamlessly from one book to the next, no waiting required. And the teaser for Reid’s book? Don’t get me started! Let’s just say there’s a major surprise in that tiny teaser that has me itching to get my hands on his book (Between Us, Book 1-3, The Complete Box Set: Reid and Lola’s Story ASAP 🙂
Trust Me is the second book in the series, and though it would probably work fine as a standalone it does help to know the background of the McDaniels brothers/Mickey Flynn involvement going in. Plus, getting to see Olivia and Bash again in this part of the series will make you smile.
And then you get to that teaser…book three! I must have it…
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.