Rocky Ground by Kaylea Cross
Series: Crimson Point #4
Published: March 26, 2019 by Kaylea Cross Inc.
Genre: Suspense Romance
She’s been hurt too many times…
Single mom Tiana Fitzgerald has sworn off all romantic relationships to protect herself and her daughter. Her track record is disastrous and she’s done getting hurt. But a certain sexy Scotsman in Crimson Point has other ideas, and somehow manages to sneak past her defenses at every turn. As the hits keep coming and her life implodes, she begins to see he’s unlike any man she’s ever known. Now he’s become the greatest threat to her heart, because there’s no possible future for them. Not when he’s leaving the country in a few weeks. And when her worst fears are realized, she must risk everything by placing her trust in in his hands.
He’s determined to capture her heart.
Scotsman Aidan MacIntyre never saw the fiery, beautiful Tiana coming. The prickly redhead has gotten under his skin as badly as he wants to get under hers. But she’s determined to keep walls between them. Luckily the former Royal Marine doesn’t know how to give up. Someone from her past wants to hurt her, but Aidan will stand between her and any threat. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her and the little girl who have completely stolen his heart—and fight for them to have a future together.
Rocky Ground was an easy read and I liked the story, especially our hero Mac, but there’s a lot going on and sometimes it almost felt like it was too much. While I didn’t have the same level of investment that I’ve had for the previous books, I did still like the characters. Mac is loyal, dedicated, and just an all around nice guy. He’s interested in Tiana from the first moment he sees her but it’s also clear that she has some pretty high walls up. I liked that Mac wasn’t interested in charging through Tiana’s defenses; he understands that she has her reasons and he respects that. Mac makes it clear that he’s interested but he lets Tiana go at her own pace.
We’ve seen from the beginning of this series how Tiana has struggled to deal with the consequences of dating the wrong man. At first, all Tiana does is push Mac away but after talking with her beloved Aunt, Tiana realizes that she’s judging Mac by the actions of her past boyfriends. It’s hard for Tiana to fully trust Mac and the slower development of that part of their relationship was the perfect pace for the circumstances. Tiana has a lot of harder edges, rightfully earned through a tough life, but she’s also incredibly caring to those she considers friends. On top of that, she’s raised a smart, inquisitive daughter all on her own and it’s clear how much love there is between Tiana and Ella.
Everything happens pretty quickly at the end of Rocky Ground so I appreciated the last chapter which helped settle everything into place; plus it was really cute to read.
**Reader Safety: References to child abuse and pedophilia
3 stars – it was good
ARC provided by InkSlinger for honest review
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