This intense sequel to Rush features Jace Crestwell. His reaction to Bethany is a mystery not only to his friends and family but to himself as well, and Bethany is a complicated character with serious life issues. There’s so much backstory that the reader will want to savor this book for all of the nuances. Not a typical boy-meets-girl, this is a Cinderella story with extremely hard edges — and the characters generate enough heat to melt steel! Includes BDSM and m/f/m content.
Jace and his best friend and business partner, Ash, usually indulge in threesomes, but Jace’s reaction to Bethany shatters that dynamic. Ash is willing to share, but Jace is seized with jealousy. Six years out of the foster care system, Bethany is homeless, penniless and hungry. She’s a survivor, and this inner strength is one of the qualities that draws Jace to her. Bethany’s foster brother has been the only constant in her life, and his dangerous activities continually put her at risk. Her loyalty to him is her weakness, but Jace will protect her at any cost. (BERKLEY, Apr., 408 pp., $15.00)