~ Synopsis ~
If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?
No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.
Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.
Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.
In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.
Yes, I’ve drank the Kool-Aid and I’m a full blown Maddox Addict. Thomas, well he may have kicked Trenton and Travis out of the number one spot…. I read this book in one sitting, and regretted it later, having not savored it. But I haaaaaad, HAD to know what happened with these two.
We know (if you’ve read Beautiful Oblivion) what happened to Thomas, and now we get to see how he’s coping with everything, and by the sounds of his in-subordinates at the FBI? Not very well –
But when Liis Lindy transfers in from Chicago, she’s desperate for a change of scenery, and hoping the warm weather in San Diego can chase away the memories of her failed relationship. She’s focused, and driven in her career and she’s not going to let anything, or anyone stand in her way. Not even Thomas Maddox –
These two, well they have an interesting first interaction – ultimately one that will change their entire working relationship. Liis figures out early on that Thomas is still getting over his ex-girlfriend, and she’s hesitant to start anything with him outside of work, because of that, and well….. he is her boss.
But as things progress in an on-going case, their need to go undercover complicates things. Liss can’t shake the idea that Thomas is still in love with his ex – even though, his ex? Is now dating his brother. The memories of their failed relationship are scattered around his apartment, his office, and in every temper tantrum Thomas has and Liis isn’t prepared for any of it.
She’s kind of a hard ass, not very emotional, but as she and Thomas get to know each other more – they let their guards down and attempt to let each other in. Liis now just has to make the decision if she can forget his past, to make room for a future.
And as in all books involving a Maddox Brother, we get more of Travis and Abby’s Story, and even Trenton and Cami as the family comes together to witness Travis and Abby renew their wedding vows. Can Liis see herself in this brood? Part of this family, a family with such a strong dynamic – five brothers and their father – these men, who are still suffering from the loss of their mother.
We watch as each of these woman slowly heal their broken hearts, and creating a bond within the family so strong, it might be able to heal it all.
You can check out my other reviews of Jamie McGuire’s Maddox Brothers below