(Blackwater Boys Book 1)
I really like this author’s unique style of writing. Her books contain no frilly language, no over description, they’re gritty, character driven stories featuring bad men from the wrong side of the tracks. Men with questionable morals who do what they need to do in order to maintain their own codes of conduct.
Conor Thames is one such man. He has a violence inside him that he finds hard to control and he has no problem with using brute force to exact his own form of justice on those who have wronged him or his family. I was extremely frustrated with his choices at times and he’s not an easy character to like, but despite myself I did find myself liking him and caring about what would happen to him. Cocky but charming in an unsophisticated way, he’s rather damaged and seems to have accepted his fate will be to live his life mostly from inside a jail cell. He is loyal and surprisingly self sacrificing, never regretting his choices until he meets Charlotte.
We don’t get a great deal of background on Charlotte in relation to her past history but my heart went out to her for the life she’s forced to live. With a less than stellar start to their relationship, Conor nevertheless treats Charlotte like a queen. I loved them together, I loved the way their chemistry was both hot and sweet and I hoped that together they would each find what had been missing from their lives.
This book is an unconventional romance, with an unconventional ending. Not sure I’d call it a cliffy exactly but there’s definitely more to Conor and Charlotte’s story to come. If you need trigger warnings and sweet romance, then this is not the book for you. However, if, like me, you can deal with heartache and ignore certain character faults when it comes to fiction then I urge you to give this book a read. This is just the start of the journey. There’s a dark side to all the Blackwater Boys and I can’t wait to explore it.
All Charlotte Miles wants to do is graduate high school with her soul intact, flee the town of Blackwater and the horrors of home, and put the year she spent there behind her. The last thing she expects, though, is to be put in the crosshairs of Blackwater’s most notorious man, Conor Thames. One night, one moment, one glare in his direction and her fate is sealed. Reckless and violent, Conor is a loose cannon, but she clings to him, renewed with purpose, feeling things she never thought she could feel. Now she must tame the untameable man and save him from losing everything before it’s too late.
Conor Thames is known as a criminal, a thug, a womanizer with a hunger for violence. Having spent his whole life fighting for what’s his, he finds a new obsession. Colliding with Charlotte Miles tests every inch of his willpower. Breaking his walls down is surprisingly easy. Changing is questionable. Struggling to be a better man, Conor is soon faced with the biggest decision of all. To keep her safe may mean risking his freedom and everything he’s built and known.
To wait means years.
Years that test the love of two souls.