From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them.
“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”
Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.
Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.
But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.
What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?
I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.
That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.
Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.
I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.
I’ve always loved a man in uniform, and when that man is the complete package that Officer Grant Malone is, it’s easy to see why Emerson Reeves has no choice but to give into her reignited feelings for him despite her best effort not to do so.
Regardless of Emmy’s attraction, though, she’s harboring deep seated hatred for Grant…20 years worth of bitter feelings and overwhelming heartache…and while Emmy’s issues with him are based on the actions of an 8 year old boy, what Emmy endured as a child was so devastating and irreparable that it was just easier for her to hold onto her anger and pain due to Grant’s mistreatment instead of face the real wreckage of her past and how it undoubtedly shaped her present.
If I had to use one adjective that clearly described who Grant is throughout the entire Cuffed story line, it would be tenacious, and while that is one of the key traits that helps him to be one hell of a good cop, it also comes in handy when he’s dealing with a woman who attempts to allude his pursuit and makes a run for it as he’s trying to tear down her walls and get her to see them as something more than just ‘friends with benefits.’
It may be difficult for some readers to connect with Emmy; she’s prickly and guarded and she doesn’t offer too much insight into who she is until further on in the story, but that’s because she doesn’t want to deal with the past despite the fact that it has such a tight hold on every aspect of who she is and what she does. Emmy’s perseverance is what will stand out about her character and while it does take a bit to truly understand why Emmy does what she does when it comes to her feelings for Grant and how she handles his ‘full-court press’ when it comes to claiming her as his, it’s also clear that there’s never been anyone in her life that affects her like Grant does and sooner or later, she’s going to realize exactly what he’s offering and then revel in all of his alpha male goodness!
“Head up. Wings out.”
That’s the motto that has guided her life since the darkness took over and shattered Every. Single. Part of her, and while she waivers, at times, when it comes to putting that maxim into consistent practice, I can’t imagine who she would be without the calmness and hope she found in that phrase because so many people who have had to endure what she went through don’t make it out of the shadows and into the light of day.
I love it when secondary characters play a pivotal role in the storyline, whether it be pointing things out to the hero or heroine or just being there for them in whatever needed capacity. And let me tell you, Desi, Emmy’s best friend, and Grant’s brothers, Grady and Grayson, are the perfect complement to Grant and Emmy because they know who the main characters are and what makes them who they are and with that knowledge, they help to move things along when Grant and Emmy seem stuck, whether it be in thoughts of the past or the uncertainty of the present.
Cuffed takes readers on one hell of an emotional journey, and I, for one, felt strung out as I travelled further into the storyline and saw firsthand everything that the hero and heroine must fighting against; sometimes, I truly didn’t know how Grant was going to get through to Emmy in a way that would give them what they both wanted and desperately needed. But K. Bromberg always has a way of putting a heart’s fractured pieces back together, and while it might take longer than anyone wants, it’s done in a way that attemps to prevent any further splintering…only offering forgiveness and healing at the appropriate times and in the appropriate ways.
The Malone brothers are quite the trio and I love that each one’s story is getting told because they all may be ‘everyday heroes,’ but they are sure some of the hottest and fiercest ones around;)
4.5 Poison Apples
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.
A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.
Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.
In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.
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