Series: The Sons of Steel Row #1
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Release Date: February 2, 2016 - Signet
Format: Print Galley
She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.
Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.
Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.
I'd read a bunch of books by Jen McLaughlin under her pen name, Diane Alberts, but this is my first one under this name. Can I just say that I really loved this book? Lucas and Heidi were an awesome couple, and they helped make every page exciting.
So Lucas is out of prison and back home, working for the Sons of Steel Row. He's known as quite the badass. He won't hesitate to do anything, including putting you down if you step out of line. I like Lucas, he is definitely a character I can find myself attracted to on many levels. He likes to say over and over how he isn't the good guy, but he clearly is. It isn't long before he finds out that not everyone is glad he is home, and that is definitely an interesting plot twist.
Heidi is another character I'm immensely drawn to. She was a foster kid and now she owns the Patriot bar. Luck so happens that it is across the street from Lucas' apartment, so she is suddenly seeing this man a lot more than she bargained for. As for her, she is very smart. I love that she isn't this moody pile of emotions. I mean, she is very keen on what her emotions are, but when a situation arises where another woman might feel insecure and feel the need to cling, she recognizes the bullheaded behavior Lucas is putting forth for what it is.
Lucas and Heidi have a bit of hate/love relationship. They flirt and act like they don't want to be right in each other's faces, but secretly love it. And when he comes to her name like a knight in shining armor, you really see sparks start to fly with them. Add that in with the excitement of the gang, and the mystery of who wants Lucas gone, and this shapes up to be one hell of a book.
This book had plenty of twists and turns and exciting red hot heat to keep me glued to the pages every step of the way. I just really loved it! McLaughlin's writing grabbed me right from page one, and held my attention the entire way through. I absolutely love this dangerous world within Boston that she has created. Jen McLaughlin started The Sons Of Steel Row series off on a high point, and I can't wait to see what comes up next for these guys.
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
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