I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Between the Sheets by Molly O'Keefe
Series: The Boys of Bishop #3
Published by Bantam on July 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.
Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.
Back again with my favorite “go-to” author! Here’s another reason why she stays on this list.
Shelby Monroe was humiliated six months ago (see Wild Child) and she’s soldiering on until she meets neighbor Wyatt (Ty) Svenson. She’s got a formula she uses to manage her life that keeps everyone at a distance and she’s yet to have a meaningful relationship. Ty’s new to Bishop and is struggling to figure out how to be a father to his newly-discovered 11-year old son, Casey.
The heart of the story
While Shelby’s willing to keep everyone at arm’s length emotionally, she doesn’t have a problem tangling sexually with Ty. At some level, this works for both of them for a time until he realizes he needs more. There are some very interesting reasons why Shelby’s wired this way and it doesn’t help that she’s struggling with her mother’s increasing debilitation due to Alzheimer’s.
Why I loved this story
I felt Shelby’s humiliation in Wild Child to my core but I didn’t know much about the character, thinking she was just a rather naive woman…sympathetic but without much depth. This story turns that notion completely on its head as you won’t find a character with more emotional complexities. Ty’s simpler but what makes him extraordinary is his ability to apply life lessons so readily to new circumstances. He’s a biker that destroys every stereotype and his stretch to connect with his son was at times raw and at others uplifting. Ty’s emotional growth bleeds messily and beautifully into his romance with Shelby, which she resists as if her life depends on it. The dynamics are riveting.
The bottom line
The constructs of these characters are brilliantly written and presented. It’s a tough terrain but I never felt hopeless. This was an all-nighter for me because I couldn’t find a decent stopping point. The story is just that good and O’Keefe continues to earn her distinction as a very talented writer.
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