Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Title: Golden Trail
Series: The Burg, #3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Rating: 3 Shooting Stars

Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever. 

 Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back. 

 Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to avoid Rocky but when Layne gets three bullets drilled into him while investigating a dirty cop, he can’t do that because Rocky stops avoiding Layne. They make a deal to work together to expose the dirty cop but they have no idea the strength of their enduring attraction or the sheer evil at work in The ‘Burg. 

 As Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick play their game and dance around the pull that draws them together, Layne has to discover the dark secrets buried so deep in Rocky’s heart she doesn’t even know they’re there at the same time untangle a sinister web of crime so abhorrent it has to be stopped... at all costs. 

 And to do it, Layne has to enlist everyone, including his ex-CIA mentor, Rocky’s detective brother, the town’s unpredictable informant and Layne’s two teenage sons all the while stopping Rocky from doing something crazy and keeping their game secret so Layne won't get himself dead.

Golden Trail begins with Rocky showing up at Tanner Layne's house to invite him and his two sons over for dinner. Since Layne hasn't spoken to Rocky in years since she left him, it is a major surprise to find her at his house so early in the morning inviting them to dinner. So he does his best to get rid of her. But when he finds out she's trying to help out on a case he's been working on and it went bad. He has to do something to make her stop so she doesn't get into trouble. Along the way these two try to work out all of the problems they had before, and figure out why Rocky left him to begin with. None of this is easy, and it gets worse when ex-spouses, kids, and the local church group all throws up a whole lot of problems. But Tanner isn't going to let Rocky go this time, even if he has to fight herself for it. He's done messing around, and Rocky is along for the ride.

 I liked the book. I thought it was good, but not real good. I loved the writing, and I loved most of the characters. But I was a little bit frustrated with some of the things that happened. It all just felt like too much in one book. All of the messes that kept happening just didn't seem to fit for some reason. And the main person I felt like I should have known a lot about was Rocky, and I felt we really didn't get to know much about her. So that made the book not as good as it could have been. Other than that I loved Tanner's kids. Jasper and Tripp-O-Matic where the bomb!! Seriously these are some of the best KA kids ever! They made this book so much better, and I loved reading the epilogue with some of their happy ending in it as well. Now I can not wait to read the next book in the series, and I'm still looking forward to Benny's book too.

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