I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Razed by Shiloh Walker
Published by Penguin on 2014-12-02
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options... Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness. As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother's wedding have him thinking maybe there's a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist...for her.
Yes I adored this one… I loved how much Zane desired the real Keelie and how much Keelie needed Zane even as she tried to hide it.
Keelie is reeling from realizing that she had been mistaken about her feelings for Zach, her business partner and friend, but mainly trying to figure out how to heal what her actions did to them. She’s shocked when the man who has been the bane of her existence (not really but…) suddenly begins to appear like the man she thought she’d never find. When he physically touches her she realizes she’s in trouble and when he kisses her… well… all bets are off. She does what she’s good at though and works hard to deny what she feels for him even as things begin to crumble around her. Her past is catching up with her and this time she can only hope to survive it or maybe she can finally put the demons to rest by facing up to things that she couldn’t control then. I loved her strength and once she finally made a decision how she took control of what she needed to do but didn’t like her not always including Zane. I understood it, I really did but a part of me had wished that she would have let him in a bit more. She’s a hard one to get to understand as she’s great at putting up walls but I did love her loyalty to those she loves and what she was willing to do to make things right even though nothing was her fault.
Zane was just *sigh* He’s so willing to go to the bat for Keelie but he’s also aware enough to know that even as she pulls away from him that it isn’t 100% about him. He was so patient with her need to stand on her own to fight this battle that I couldn’t help but love him. He’s always appeared to be the one that just settles and deals with things but in reality he’s just a very patient man who wants to get his ducks in a row before he makes his move. He’s known for years that she was the one for him but now he’s tired of waiting for his moment and decides to go for it. I loved his story and how much he’s done for others that people aren’t aware of. I hope Shiloh writes about him telling his mom about his secret… That will be a fun moment *winces* as he is soooooo going to get grief. Overall he’s a great guy who wants nothing more than to have his Keelie be happy, healthy and his.
This is not a pretty story in many ways because of the topics it hits on but I enjoy that Shiloh doesn’t run away from tough material. She builds strong heroes and heroines with stories that aren’t perfect but in many ways shed light on things that many people are lucky enough to never experience. As someone who lived through some things that I wouldn’t wish on anyone else and yet still didn’t live a life that was as horrible as many others have had to deal with I love these sorts of tales. Zane and Keelie are definitely a perfect match for one another and hopefully you’ll go check them out as well.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Penguin for providing me a copy of this to read in exchange for my honest opinion.