Ryan Steel, his world recently upended by an earth-shattering secret, now faces yet another potential revelation surrounding the Steel family mystery. He no longer fully trusts his siblings or the woman he loves. He’s alone—alone and terrified and immersed in a conundrum that becomes more twisted each day.
Ruby Lee loves Ryan and desperately wants to help him. She’ll do whatever she must to see him through this troubling time, but her own shrouded past still haunts her, and she’s determined to put an end to both of their mysteries once and for all. But the more she uncovers, the more danger she’s in…and she may lose Ryan forever.
Warning- This review will include spoilers from the preceding novels. And the mystery grows deeper! Ryan and Ruby fell in love, but the mystery of their past and present continues.
After a big cliffhanger where Ryan gets a strange phone call, and the revelation Ryan’s life was a total lie, Ryan questions his entire existence (and acts like a child who didn’t get the toy he wanted.) With the help of his brothers Talon and Jonah, sister Marj, and his new obsession Ruby, it’s clear the youngest Steel brother is family—blood or no blood. I’m trying not to give away too much because OMG this series rocks!
Formally mousy girl Ruby, who where’s her hair back and her wardrobe comprised khakis and an oversized shirt to a sexy girl, who owns Ryan’s heart. She continues to hunt her madman father, but he’s been as slippery as a slip and slide, and as crazy as a fox. She’s ashamed of her father—mastermind of the kidnapping and torment of a ten-year-old child. Luckily the boy seems to be healing from that turmoil, however Ruby can’t let it go. She has to arrest him. As Ruby digs deeper, she tries to unravel the whole mystery with the aid of the Steele family. Bad news for Ruby- Ryan is demanding and dominant outside the bedroom.
Notably, a subplot continues in the background. With everything going on in the story, it’s easy to forget the missing girls in Jamaica, however it eventually links into the central storyline. Of course, Ruby has to put her super detective skills in action. She unravels the mystery behind a sudden disappearance she thinks her father masterminded. Her father gives her tiny clues, but can Ruby trust a raving lunatic??
Meanwhile, back and forth they go. They continue to go between a lunatic mother and a maniac for an uncle (who may soon may reach his demise thanks to Jonah’s money) squeezing them for more information. Speaking of money, they come across some interesting accounting they know nothing about. Should they be shocked? Their family and political figures were involved in a kidnapping for goodness sakes!
So, the Hardy Boys and super detective Ruby work with conviction. They didn’t know what to do, but struck gold when they found their father’s boxes of paperwork, but other than some mysterious accounting they find nothing. They further find some strange facts about their own father that causes them question—was his morality an act?
Did I point out how hot this book is. It’s sad, but I can’t wait for the next book because I couldn’t put the book down. It was baffling and interesting.
Tortured main character—CHECK!
#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.