Busted (Barnes Brothers #3)
Berkley Sensation / May 5, 2015 / $7.99 print & $5.99 digital
Like his brothers Zach and Zane, Trey Barnes thought he had found the love of his life. But fate had other plans. A widower who’s had to raise his five-year-old son on his own, Trey has not allowed himself to be with another woman. Until he meets Ressa Bliss at―of all places―a children’s library program. The beautiful librarian is wonderful with his son, Clay, but every time Trey even considers asking her out, he is tortured by guilt.
Fate is indeed fickle. When the two meet again at a conference, this time the attraction is too powerful to resist. But is their connection and passion strong enough to survive Trey’s deep inner torment?
Shiloh Walker brings back the Barnes brothers for a third sexy contemporary, uniting single father and author Trey Barnes with librarian Ressa Bliss, who has her own backlist of secrets. Will they get Busted in the private stacks or learn to write their story together?
Shiloh Walker is probably best known for writing romance with suspense themes. Here, the suspense comes from within―from whether Trey and Ressa's internal struggles will keep them apart. There are no bad guys, just self-created walls and questionable past decisions. But what stands out, for me, about Busted is how the author builds a sense of community and fills it with distinct voices. Not only are Trey and Ressa fully realized, fun characters you can actually hear in your head, but the people around them are equally authentic. Whether it's the dynamics between the Barnes brothers―Zane, Zach, Trey, Travis and Sebastian―or Ressa and her cousin Kiara and her aunt Mama Ang, or the bond between librarians and romance readers created at yearly conferences, Walker makes family the foundation of the book. Oh, and there are two absolutely adorable children, too: Clayton and Neeci, who aren't just there to be cute and precocious but, instead, provide very tangible reasons for why Trey and Ressa are so careful with their hearts.