Series: The Burg #1
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.
Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.
Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.
As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.
My search for the perfect Kristen Ashley book continues. I keep reading her books and liking them, some of them I like a lot, but I’m not having the same reaction that other people have. I just want to have that over-the-top “this is one of my top, top favorite books” reaction. But she has a lot of books, so at this point, I’m not ready to drop her yet. I decided to try The Burg series because many people have told me that some of her best books are in this series, so I was excited to pick up For You.
I liked this book. I could’ve loved it, but some issues prevented me from loving it. I’ll go over those later.
For You is a second-chance romance that features a couple that had a devastating fall out. Feb and Colt lived in the same town, and have carried on with their lives and relationships with limited interactions, but they’d always had eyes on each other. Feb and Colt had some amazing chemistry. In the beginning it stemmed from their animosity towards each other (which was hot) and then later the heat was the result of a broken couple melding together (which was also hot). Have I said before that I love a second-chance romance?
This novel is a romantic suspense and I enjoyed the suspenseful element in this book – I loved that at times it even felt creepy. The sinister element enhanced the romance as Feb and Colt leaned on each other, and had to let go of past hurts in order to protect each other. I loved watching them push through all their resentment and just lay it all out there. I live for those raw and vulnerable moments.
Funnily, my first reaction to this book was that I thought someone else had written it. I’d gotten used to the alpha males, the choppy sentences, the sassy females that are somewhat…stupid. Too mean? *Shrugs* Well, with her books I almost always like the hero more than I like the heroine but I really loved getting to know Feb. I liked that she was kind of hard, but she was still soft. Of course, the KA signature touches were there: the humor and heart, and for sure Colt was a man I’d love to have in my bed. The thing I liked the most though was that, even with some angst and communication drama, the couple connected early on and had to face everything together.
For You was thrilling and sweet, and there were plenty of memorable moments that I’d love to revisit, but I do believe there was a lot of extra stuff that could’ve been cut. I enjoy seeing the cute everyday scenes as much as the next person, but I don’t need to see every conversation had. For You was a positive experience and it’s a good book, although not my favorite KA. I’m still going to continue my search for that 5 star KA read though. Wish me luck!
A beautiful and heart-pounding second chance romance. Classic Kristen Ashley. Alpha males. Strong, sassy females. Action. Suspense. Perfection.
For You is the epitome of what I love about Kristen Ashley’s books. It has everything. I was hooked from beginning to end.
“Since I was three, there’s never been a day when I wasn’t in love with you.”
It’s always been Feb and Colt. Everyone knows it. They know it. Until one day Feb didn’t know it anymore and she took off. For two decades, she lived her life without Colt, until eventually she was forced back home to do her daughterly duty of helping to run the family bar. She works hard at keeping her distance until someone turns up murdered behind that very bar and none other than Lieutenant Alexander Colton is working the case.
“Romeo and Juliet, say they didn’t die but Juliet got pissed and took off. Everyone would know it was Romeo and Juliet, would always be Romeo and Juliet, even if later Romeo hooked up with Nancy. No one ever heard of Nancy, doesn’t even sound right, Romeo and Nancy. Everyone knows Romeo’s meant to be with Juliet. Even if Romeo loved Nancy, Nancy would always know she was never Juliet.”
When the danger starts to intensify, Feb is forced to spend more and more time with Colt and subsequently forced to also face their past while trying to stay alive and catch a serial killer in their present.
“The only things precious in life breathe.”
Kristen Ashley has created yet another masterpiece with this book. The backstory is intricate and heartbreaking, weaving its pain through every aspect of their lives. Their love story is epic in a way that only KA can bring to life. The suspense of a killer on the loose is breathtaking and enrapturing. She really pulls no punches with this one.