Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Golden Trail (The 'Burg Series) by Kristen Ashley

Check out my review of 1st book in the 'Burg series here
Check out my review of 2nd book in the 'Burg series here

February 16, 2013
Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever.

Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back.

Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to avoid Rocky but when Layne gets three bullets drilled into him while investigating a dirty cop, he can’t do that because Rocky stops avoiding Layne. They make a deal to work together to expose the dirty cop but they have no idea the strength of their enduring attraction or the sheer evil at work in The ‘Burg.

As Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick play their game and dance around the pull that draws them together, Layne has to discover the dark secrets buried so deep in Rocky’s heart she doesn't even know they’re there at the same time untangle a sinister web of crime so abhorrent it has to be stopped... at all costs.

And to do it, Layne has to enlist everyone, including his ex-CIA mentor, Rocky’s detective brother, the town’s unpredictable informant and Layne’s two teenage sons all the while stopping Rocky from doing something crazy and keeping their game secret so Layne won't get himself dead.
This book took me a few days to get through, which is unusual for me, especially with a KA book. Typically I devour them within hours. To me that means there was a little something missing but it was still a great book and I'd, of course, recommend it to everyone. I mean, really, it's a KA book so it's a winner. 

There were so many different problems in this book that helped push the flow along. Layne's ex-wife's a-hole boyfriend, a high school football coach who is trouble, something funky with the church's youth group and a dirty cop. 

During all that drama, we get to see Layne and Rocky get to know each other once again but Rocky's got some serious issues which caused their initial breakup and threaten to cause it again. 

Layne enlists everyone in helping him solve those problems, his sons, his mentor, Rocky, and a scary guy who is in everyone's business. 

This book, must like the rest of the series, was a great read. 
  • Tripp and Jasper. I loved Tripp's exuberance and Jasper's cool. They were both the perfect parts of Layne. Both of them wanting to step up and help take care of those around them. 
  • Ryker. I loved Ryker. I would love to see more about him. 
  • Its entirely told from the POV of the hero, which is pretty awesome. 
The Cover ("don't judge a book by it's cover" they say but I just can't help it!)
“It’s good she hooked up with me, she such a nut, she needs a badass to take her back.”

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