There are a lot of romance series out there surrounding a family of brothers who must return home after a tragedy. I really like that in this one the brothers are still close and aren’t estranged. It seems like all the ones I’ve come across recently have angry brothers that are always arguing. So this was a refreshing book where the bonds of family are still really strong. There was just something missing from this book for me and I can’t really say what it was. This one reminds me a lot of the Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Series which is in my top 5 favorite series so it might just be that I was making unfair comparisons.
I liked Jack and though we only see some of Tino and a tiny bit of Mikhail, they seem really great as welL. Ricky was an interesting addition to the story because it gives the brothers a chance to help someone in the same way they were helped by Joe and Marlene.
There were just some inconsistencies in some of the characters. There were two instances, one where Jack playfully hits the back of Ricky’s head and another where Tino playfully punches his shoulder but these didn’t seem like good ideas to me considering that Ricky is hiding from someone who is beating him up. Both Jack and Tino are aware of this and with their personal backgrounds I just expected them to be more aware of their actions. Ricky was also very trusting in the beginning considering he’s a kid living on the streets and running from an abusive stepfather.
Content Note: references to past abuse
At this time, I do not plan to continue reading this series.
••• Book Details •••
Sergeant Joe’s Boys #1 • Romance, Contemporary • Loveswept • April 19, 2016
No one understands family loyalty like Jack McShane. He’d do anything to honor his foster father’s last wishes, even if it means putting his own plans on hold to manage Joe’s construction business. An ex–Special Forces operative, Jack thrives on the thrill of globe-hopping rescues. But now he’s needed closer to home. His foster mother has her hands full with a troubled teen, and when Jack meets the hired tutor, he discovers a woman who stirs his protective instincts—and his deepest desires.
Caitlyn Curtis knows that good looks can hide a hot temper. After an abusive marriage crushed her dreams of a happy ending, she swore off men—until one intoxicating dance in Jack’s strong arms breaks down every emotional barrier. Tough but tender, he leaves Caitlyn yearning for more of his gentle seduction. Despite the violence he’s seen, Jack is a good man. And even though passion can be dangerous, the promise of Jack’s kiss tempts her to believe that love is a risk worth taking.