He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover...
There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family—Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people's lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman's dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he'll be faced with his toughest decision yet. AMAZON LINK
I fell totally in love with this story. It was emotional, dealing with tough subjects but still drew me in just the same. Truman has been done so wrong for so long but still manages to have a loving heart. A lot of that also has to do with a man in a biker group unofficially adopting him. He became family with Bear, Bullet, Doc and Dixie and they were there for him. Even though Tru was a man who didn't ask for help all that often. I enjoyed the dynamics between all of them. You could feel the caring but also see that love in action.
Truman had his walls up high when Gemma "pushed" her way into his life to help. But as time goes on he realizes he's never met anyone like her and he has no antidote either. Tru feels like they have nothing in common but over time he sees that's not true. They also both adore the kids and aren't shy about pouring out that love. Tru was so tender and protective when it came to his siblings and that was SO sweet. And those same feelings transfer to Gemma. There is also some tender and hot sex between Tru and Gemma.
Gemma's life looks like it was a walk in the park but she had parents that threw money at her but had no time for her. The most time she spent with them during her childhood was when she was brought out for display. She had turned her imagination into a business that brought happiness to children. A lot of it was what she had missed out in her own childhood.
Gemma's best friend Crystal was a hoot and added a lot of fun and humor to the story.
I stayed involved in the story all the way through. I consider this book a keeper and want to read more of the books in the series. Especially the one with Crystal and Bear.