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Twenty year old Lane Montgomery never imagined her usually boring summer in the boonies would require her to trade her toe shoes for hunting boots or her monotonous college textbooks for treasure map deciphering. Never would she have imagined after breaking her grandmother’s precious Native American statue, danger, a lost treasure of Cherokee Gold and a hostage situation would arise. Nor could she predict that the one man destined to protect her and her family was her childhood nemesis and former crush, Maddox Diaz.

Returning after three years in the Army, twenty-three year old Maddox Diaz is confronted with more than he bargained for when agreeing to help his childhood buddy and deepest regret, Lane. Suddenly he is thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with armed and ruthless treasure seekers that results in car chases and gun battles all in the presence of the one girl who still manages to haunt his dreams and drive him wild with desire.

Lane is determined to deny the sizzling chemistry with the man who stole her virginity and broke her heart. She just wants to stay alive with her heart intact. Will she be able to resist the man whose body sets fire to all

 her senses?
Put on your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride!

If you had told me forty-eight hours ago, that I, Lane Montgomery--college student, part-time ballerina, sheltered and spoiled only child--would be running for my life from deranged treasure seekers with the very guy who broke my heart...I would have laughed in your face.

Lane and Maddox have a long history together from childhood to young adulthood spending time at Maudie’s Mountain Brewery and Orchard. They had a love hate relationship as kids that turned into a crush. And one night changed everything and ruined their entire relationship.

Lane is a now college student, ballerina, and general "good girl." Her life is stable and controlled. She has had limited experience with the opposite sex. Maddox broke her hearts three years ago and she is not really ready to forgive or forget. Avoidance seems like a better plan to her. But now that she is spending the summer back at Maudie's, it is going to be easier said than done. 

Maddox is a recently discharged military vet. He is back home now and getting back into civilian life. He is cocky, flirty, and a little bossy. And even better looking than Lane remembers. He knows just how to push her buttons to get a rise out of Lane. Their witty rapport is sarcastic and laced with tension. I was dying to know what he did to make Lane hate him so much, but we find that out later in the story. 

"...I was a punk through and through. And you...were such a little princess."

Shortly after being back in each other's lives, a dangerous event forces them to work together. Maddox is thrust in the role as her protector and soon they are on the run and on an adventure with bad guys breathing down their necks. 

"Even though you loathe and despise my company, you're willing to stick it out because this is about the most excitement you've had in your little perfect princess world, and you like it.'

"I can't believe you're being sarcastic at a time like this!"
"Yeah, well, I'm sorry that I'm not living up to your heroic expectations, princess."

It is a frantic, harrowing race to decipher a map, find what they are looking for, and keep themselves and those they love safe. They are forced to trust each other and in the midst of it all begin to really communicate again. Eventually those old feelings begin to come to the surface and they rekindle the passion and love they lost in the past. As I learned more about Maddox, I started to really like him. Together they were feisty, flirty, and fun despite the situation they were in.  And the shared a history, a connection, and strong feelings that were never really resolved. 

There are twists and turns, life threatening danger, and a pulse pounding climax. I was tense, surprised, and curious as to how  they were going to get out of the mess they ended up in. It seemed like every turn ended with another hurdle to face. 

"You fight back and give it everything you got until you don't have anything else!"

This book is a little different than other Katie Ashley books. It still has the romance, but it is more of a new adult  romantic suspense novel with action, danger, and intrigue. But Katie always manages to provide humor and strong connections between the characters that transcend any genre. I found myself laughing out loud at some of their antics and really liked them together. 

 And I would be remiss if I did not mention how how that cover is! What a perfect Maddox!

Thanks to Katie Ashley for providing me with and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English u

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1 comment:

  1. Another goodie from Katie. Enjoyed this and Maddox is one smokin man!
    Maddox and Lane are good together and yes this is a suspense, thriller with romance on the side. Think Romancing the Stone, a treasurer hunt with sexual tension! Perfect!


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