From a slow beginning (which was due to the need of introducing a lot of cast) this story took up speed after a few pages and became a page-turner. Written from Tanner MacKay's first person POV, the author shows the development of Tanner's and Niall's relationship in a series of flashbacks, thus breaking and easing the tenuous 72 hours it takes the heroes to get reacquainted after their bad break-up. It was speechlessness on both sides which caused them to split, although they talk a lot, particularly Tanner, and it's gripping and heartwarming to watch those two struggle for common ground to start anew from. They are the totally believable, genuine persons this author is so skilled at inventing. Even the way Tanner sometimes adresses the reader directly fits the flow of the narrative and Tanner's voice perfectly. The chemistry, passion and emotions between these two was really gripping, leading to page-scorching sex (and a lot of this). The mystery was well-done, too, although a little far-fetched. But it actually opened my eyes to certain aspects of sexually abused children I had never thought about before, so kudos to the author on that regard. Another plus of this book was the secondary cast, particularly Junk, the trailer-park godfather, and his daughter Sheri. Persons in their own rights, skillfully written and real. One minor niggle: the annoying exclamation marks(!) Lose them, please, author and editor. They don't have no place in a book except in the dialogue. Overall, a great, suspenseful read full of passion and deep emotions, seasoned with a bit of angst and a very, very satisfying end. Seriously recommended.