(The Messes, #1)
Gunner James is good at death.
His job is to clean up the messes no one else can.
But behind that tough exterior, Gunner has a few secrets of his own.
Eight years ago, Gunner left his hometown and vowed to never look back. When his past collides with his present in the form of a familiar face, Gunner must return home to take care of one final mess…
the woman he left behind.
Reagan Orrick knows heartbreak.
Eight years ago, the love of her life disappeared without a trace or goodbye.
In his absence, she has fought to build a life she can be proud of.
When tragedy strikes, Reagan must go it alone or make a choice to trust the man who shattered her heart once again.
Their secrets can save or destroy them…but only the truth will allow them to be cleaned.
Gunner James is always cleaning up everyone’s messes. So it comes to no surprise that it would prove useful in his career as a crime scene cleaner. He has lived in New York for the past 8 years running from a life of abuse, torment and heartbreak. But when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a dead body, he has no choice but to return to the place where it all began.
Reagan Orrick knows all about heartbreak. After all Gunner disappeared into the night 8 years ago. He ripped her heart right out and left a mess in his wake. But when he shows up after the passing of her sister, to pay his respects, secrets that were buried and long forgotten, begin to unravel.
Secrets never stayed buried. But when all is revealed will death claim them?
Wow! What a read this was! I was immediately drawn in and hooked. This story was deep and a bit dark. Full of suspense and twists that will have your jaw dropping. This may be a romance, but it is a drama as well. I was questioning everything. The story is written in the present tense with flash back scenes, that give you the back bone of the story. I find that most authors don’t pull off these type books well, but that is not the case with Kiersten Modglin. She pulled it off splendidly. Not once did it feel like it was choppy and missing pieces. It flowed flawlessly. Well done.
The characters of this story have a love that is deep and intense. It is like their story reaches into your soul and tries to rip it out. Classic bad boy v.s. determined good girl. An unlikely pair against the world. These characters are well-developed and very strong-willed.
Overall this book is a roller coaster ride of drama. Just when you think everything is ok, bam! Something else happens and throws you for a loop. It is full of suspense with twists and turns in every direction, that will keep you guessing till the end. So pick this book up today and enjoy a thrilling ride that will have you on the edge of your seat and white knuckling the whole way.
*ARC provided by Kiersten Modglin.