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Published by Createspace on July 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Farrah Miller and Cody “Casper” Butler have a longstanding relationship that both refuse to discuss.
It isn’t romantic.
It may not even be classified as a friendship.
Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.
But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.
When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.
He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.
She’s his weakness.
He runs when things get hard.
She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.
He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.
“She’s your soft place, son. A man needs a soft place to land when life gets fucked.”
– Nicole Jacquelyn
After reading Callie’s story and meeting Farrah I was really intrigued to get to know her more. I was glad to find out that the third book in The Aces series was about her and Cody.
As with the other Aces novels this one is also set in Eugene over a period of a few years. I like the fact that readers really get the chance to know almost all of the main characters in Nicole Jacquelyn’s biker world because of the length of time that is covered. Readers get to see every detail of their lives in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s dragging on and on.
This novel starts where the first one and the second one left off; after Brenna was attacked by her husband and after Cody was shot protecting her. Farrah is trying to find her way in the life of the club and trying to figure out how to be in a relationship with Cody. Their relationship has always been complicated, and throughout the novel it seems to get worse before it gets better.
I really saw the character development in Farrah. She goes from a teenage drug addict/alcoholic who parties every night to someone who is responsible and wants to be a better person. She changes her whole life to move with the family that her and Callie have created so that they can stay together in Eugene.
I enjoyed the storyline of this novel more than the others. It didn’t feel like the female and male MC’s were rushing to play house like the last two. Farrah and Cody’s relationship is extremely complicated. Cody has been following her around since he first met her after Callie moved to Sacramento. Farrah has a tendency to end up in not so good situations and Cody is always there to bail her out. Now, a few years later, they are finally trying to make their relationship work. But neither one completely trusts the other and that makes the events that happen throughout the story worse.
I think out of all of Jacquelyn’s characters readers have gotten to know I liked Farrah and Cody the best. Farrah is a firecracker who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and let people know exactly what she is thinking and feeling. Cody has a sweet heart and just wants to do the right thing and protect his family and the woman he loves, but that leads him to make choices that have him questioning everything about who he is.
The ending had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I really didn’t expect Farrah and her newborn daughter to be kidnapped and didn’t expect the reason why either. The epilogue was a perfect setup to Jacquelyn’s companion series, The Aces’ Sons. I very much am looking forward to reading them after finishing the fourth novel in The Aces series.