As the black sheep of the Steele brood, Micki Steele craves one thing: the love of her family. Working as a hacker for a ruthless fixer, Micki has done things she’ll never be proud of. When she flees Vegas and returns to her hometown, she brings along her boss’s secrets and plenty of danger. At least until he arrives in Steele Ridge, intent on hauling her back to Vegas—or burying her in North Carolina.
Former Green Beret and family friend Gage Barber has been Mr. Fix-It his entire life, but now a war wound leaves him struggling with simple tasks. And when the mysterious and sexy Micki shows up and pulls him into the middle of her family drama, his loyalty to the Steele family is tested. Although he’s sworn off his need to play hero, his undeniable attraction to Micki leaves him with only one option—convincing her to break free of her ruthless boss.
Torn over protecting the man she’s falling in love with and her yearning for a normal life, Micki must choose between staying trapped in Vegas or a life of freedom in Steele Ridge. Even if breaking free leads straight to heartbreak…and prison.
I am loving this series!
Ms. Giordano had me at “Captain America”–I did have to keep pausing to picture Chris Evans while I read about Gabe, but it was totally worth it. 😉
Micki’s (the first Steele sister to get her own HEA–but not the last, surely? *cough* Evie *cough* Subtle. Hint) story was a real page turner. Needing to know how in the world Micki managed to get involved in the job she did and how she’d get herself extricated from that nightmare without her or anyone she loved getting hurt had me on the edge of my seat. (Schoolwork? What schoolwork? ;))
Gabe (did I mention Captain America? Yes? ;)) is a fantastic hero–he sees Micki in a way her brothers don’t–can’t, really–and OMG are these two ever amazing together. I loved his voice here just as much as I did Micki’s, and really look forward to seeing more of him in the other series books.
Though this is the fifth book in the series, Micki’s been gone for the others, and so this one would work fine as a standalone. Fair warning, though–you see exactly enough of all four of her brothers here to ensure that you absolutely need to read their stories too!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.