One look at the sixteen-year-old, prim and proper town goody-two-shoes, Hennessy Hanes, and Tate Casey knows he’s in trouble. He knows he should stay away from the preacher’s daughter, but there’s something about her he’s drawn to, and he can’t resist the pull.
The more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that something isn’t right. He may not be able put his finger on what it is, but he’s determined to find out what’s going on with the girl with the haunted eyes.
Tate didn’t anticipate that someone else would be just as determined to keep Hennessy’s nightmare a secret, and he never realizes just how far that person is willing go to keep those skeletons in the closet until it’s too late.
With the very real threat of jail time hanging over his head, Tate leaves without a backwards glance at the town or the girl. The problem is that out-of-sight doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind, and it’s Tate who’s now haunted by his decision and memories of Hennessy.
Hennessy Hanes knows better than anyone not everything is always as it appears to be. After years of being on the receiving end of her squeaky-clean preacher father’s abuse, she seizes an opportunity to leave it all behind and runs.
Her only regret is that in walking away she loses any chance with the one person who tried to save her.
Fast forward ten years, and they’re both back where they started.
Tate was never a good boy, and it turns out that the man he’s now grown into isn’t all that much better. Anger is a living, breathing part of him, and there’s a court order forcing him to seek help from the one person he’s never forgotten.
Hennessy never thought she’d see Tate Casey again, and certainly not on her couch. But now it’s her turn to save him, and there are rules she must follow as his psychologist, not to mention a court order instructing her to help him manage his anger. If she doesn’t follow those rules, he’ll end up back in jail.
Tate Casey has never been a man who followed the rules, and Hennessy is no longer the straight-laced, timid preacher’s daughter she once was.
His hands may be tied, so it looks like for the first time in Hennessy’s life, she’ll be the one breaking the rules for the chance to finally get what she’s always wanted. Him.
"It didn't matter that she was the notorious good girl, and I was the infamous bad boy."
If I wasn't already addicted to this series, this installment alone would have pulled me in. I can't resist a broken bad boy and Tate is one of the best kind. He uses the bad for good. The trouble he gets into is not something he would avoid if given the choice for a do-over. He doesn't regret the choice that landed him in jail, he'd do it again. But the courts think he needs anger management and when he gets a good look at his new psychologist, that's not all that needs management. Let's just say that he'd like to put both of his 'heads' in her hands. (wink-wink).
Hennessy is the local preacher's daughter. She's all grown up now, but tell that to her father. He's still trying to control her behavior. She's always tried to be a good girl, following the rules and not drawing attention to herself. But when Tate ends up on her couch, she wants him to notice her. Apparently, that hasn't changed in the last ten years, she felt the same way as a teenager.
As Tate & Hennessy spend time together they find that the attraction they once felt for each other is still present, and stronger than ever. But they also realize it would not be a good idea to allow their sparks to ignite. Well, good luck with that, right? They couldn't expect any help from me, I was busy hiding all the fire extinguishers and hoping for an explosion. I like it H-O-T!
Hennessy's father might be preaching fire and brimstone, but that didn't scare Tate. He'd already been through hell. Actually, he was still there, he worked at Hail. And sometimes he wasn't sure he'd make it out alive. His job was sometimes very dangerous, and he sometimes took some risks that could send him back to jail. But being a 'Hail Raiser' was something he was proud of. They were family and had each other's backs. Speaking of which, I can't wait to find out where the author will be taking some of the others. There is no shortage of danger and suspense in the lives of these badasses and I'm enjoying the hail out of getting to know them better. The line forms here...
“There is no shortage of danger and suspense in the lives of these badasses and I'm enjoying the hail out of getting to know them better.”
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“Yep I am totally hooked on this series.”
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“Once again Lani Lynn Vale delivers a book that pulls you in from the very first page and doesn’t let you go!”
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