Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Book Review: Headed for Trouble (The McKay's #1) by Shiloh Walker


Nine years ago, Neve McKay fled her small Southern town and disapproving family to seek a career in the big city. Now she's finally coming home - and hoping for a fresh start. But the relationship that shattered her world still haunts her. And even among her nearest and dearest, she doesn't feel safe.


Ian Campbell is a pure Scottish muscle - as hard and handsome as they come. But when Neve walks into his bar, his heart melts . . . and he vows to have this gorgeous and somewhat vulnerable woman in his life - for better or for worse. What is Neve's tragic secret? And how can Neve expect Ian to protect her, when doing so could put his own life at risk? The only thing Ian knows for sure is that he will do whatever it takes to keep her out of harm's way - and in his loving arms.

What a great way to end my year!! This book was absolutely amazing and Shiloh Walker is someone that I'll be keeping my eye on for a very long time. I can't believe that it took me so long find her and I regret all of the lost time that I could have been reading her books. I've added a bunch of her works to my reading list and I can't wait to get started on them. 

Headed for Trouble seemed like a great read when I first started it and it soon became one of those books that readers always search for ... the kind that will suck you in and not let you go until the very end. When I sat down to write this review, I went to look at my notes (because I always keep notes ... usually TONS of them) and I didn't have any. Not one. I was so immersed in the book that I couldn't pull myself away to jot down any notes on what I liked or didn't like. To be honest, I can't think of a single thing that I didn't like about this book. I absolutely loved every single second of my reading experience with this one. 

I found all of the characters really believable and most of them were completely endearing. Massive character building success! There were a few bad dudes that I HATED with a passion but that was also a success. This author made me fall in love with characters and then want to punch a couple others in the throat; to get me to have such strong emotions towards characters that I just met is amazing. It's hard to find authors who so fully flesh out every single character. To put that kind of depth into so many fictional characters must be incredibly difficult. The kicker is that there were quite a few characters ... like 15 whom we (the readers) need to keep up with but I didn't struggle with it in the least. And this was with picking the book up and then putting it down constantly because our boys are on winter break.

I can't say enough about this plot. The story had quite a few facets to it and while it was intricate and the plot was interwoven with a few subplots, it read very easily. The book didn't go too deep into descriptions but it didn't skimp on them either. It was simply put, a perfect mixture of every "ideal book" component. I really couldn't have asked for a better reading experience. I wish that all books had read like this one did. I will definitely be reading this again and I'm absolutely going to follow this series and this author from now on. Such a great ending to an awfully full reading year. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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