Release Date: Dec 26, 2017
Series: Devil’s Rock
Heat Level: Hot/Scorching
Imprint: Avon Books
“She’s too good for you.” He gestured around the room. “Why don’t you stick with your strippers and bimbo waitresses and steer clear of her.”
A bottle of beer clunked down in front of North. He looked up, startled. He hadn’t even noticed Piper’s return. “Oh, and he’s your ice water.” She plopped the glass down clumsily in front of the sheriff, close to the edge. Too close apparently. The glass toppled over and spilled all over Walters.” ~Fury on Fire
And so begins the tale of Piper Walsh and Hale Walters. Yep, that’s a snippet of their first meeting.
A waitress at a dive, strip bar, Piper is in charge of raising her teenage sister, Malia and lives paycheque to paycheque. She desperately needs this job because unfortunately the name Walsh is persona non grata in Sweet Hill. From her parents to her brother, the Walsh family has much too often found themselves on the wrong side of the law. With both parents dead and her brother an inmate at Devil’s Rock Penitentiary, the last thing Piper needs is to get a call from the police station telling her to come and collect her sister, whom they brought in for loitering. That call results in the loss of her waitressing job. And the last person she wants to run into months after their first run-in is the sheriff and her nemesis, the very hot Hale Walters. But…of course she does.
Hale doesn’t think much of the Walsh family—for good reason. The parents were no parents at all and the older brother is whiling away in jail as well as a handful of her uncles. Piper, he finds a questionable role model for her younger sister. But what does he expect from someone who works in a strip club? That he finds himself attracted to her is inconvenient to say the least.
Sophie Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series has only gotten better with every book. I have a really soft spot for her new adult Ivy Chronicles series and I’ve found myself comparing her subsequent novels to the way those made me feel. For me, Beautiful Lawman gave the same kind of feels. I loved Hale. In his mind, this is a woman he shouldn’t be attracted to and he finds himself not avoiding her when he can. Quite the opposite. He takes a not-so-subtle interest in her and her sister. As judgmental and pissy as he can be, I love that Piper’s his undoing. I’ll always remember the scene at the strip club when Piper tries her hand at a lap dance… Boy does Hale come undone.
Piper is the kind of feisty, vulnerable, whip-smart heroines I love. She’s not a pushover by any stretch of the imagination, she’s loyal to a fault and she has her pride, which sometimes gets her in trouble. Hale isn’t the first person who’s judged her by the sins of her family and he won’t be the last. Tackling her attraction to him though isn’t easy but it was music to my ears. Let’s face it, that’s one of the best parts of a romance and Ms. Jordan does fabulously well. She’s a pro at the building of sexual tension and creating scenes that make your stomach clench.
His gaze was unreadable as he gazed down at her.
“You and I need to talk.”
She shifted on her feet. “About what?”
“I think that’s pretty obvious.”
“I must be dense, then.”
“We need to discuss this thing that’s happening between us.”
“Nothing is happening between us.”
He arched a dark eyebrow at her. “Really? We can’t be alone for five minutes without dry humping each other.”
Beyond all the wonderful hotness of their romance, Ms. Jordan does a great job of incorporating the more serious elements of the plot into the storyline. There were things that surprised me. Maybe even shocked me. And things that made me say awwwww and caused my eyes mist over just a little. Honestly, of all the heroines I’ve read about lately, no one deserved a HEA more than Piper and I’m beyond happy she got it.