This book features the stories of Becket Murda and Katherine Rixey. Becket is the stoic one of the Hard Ink crew. He's brooding with a level of dangerous energy just beneath the surface. Katherine is a prosecutor for the Justice Department. She's committed and loyal with a strong sense of right and wrong. I like my heroines to have great character with a sense of value and purpose. Kat is right up my alley. She is also smart and competent with both her mind and her shooting. She is a standout heroine in this series of big alpha male personalties. They are an unlikely pair, but that is what makes this story so appealing.
On the surface Beckett seems so hard. He hard muscled and hard headed. They say still waters run deep. Beckett is like the Grand Canyon. When Ms. Kaye opens him up, shows his vulnerability, I was hooked. Because of his difficult upbringing with his dad, Beckett goes through life numb. The only thing he really feels is anger, and that frightens him. Therefore, he tamps down most of this emotions. If there are no highs, there can be no lows. If you don't want for things, you won't be disappointed. Wanting something puts you at risk. Taking a chance with Kat opens up his world to new possibilities both good and bad.
The relationship between Beckett and Kat is explosive. After their first meeting in which Beckett held a gun on Kat, they are antagonistic toward one another. There are very explicit sexual encounters brimming with overwhelming tension. What starts as basically sex with a stranger morphs into something deeper as admiration, respect, and adoration settles in.
My one small critique of this story is that I would have liked to see more MacGyver-ness from Beckett. He is suppose to be the gadgets-guy with the ability to fix things. I would've been great to experience more of this.
IN A NUTSHELL:
I'm sorry to see it end. This book is prompting me to start over and read the series from the beginning. I see an episode of binge reading in my near future.