Between the Sheets (Boys of Bishop)
Bantam / July 29, 2014
$7.99 print / $4.99 digital
After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.
Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.
Between the Sheets is the third in Molly O'Keefe's Boys of Bishop series. Before we look at this book, I encourage you to read the entire series, beginning with Wild Child.
I chose to write about Between the Sheets because of its fascinating heroine. Shelby Monroe appears in the first two books of this trilogy, but you never really understand her. It's obvious that she has some underlying problem that keeps her from establishing a lasting relationship, but all we see before this book is Shelby screwing up.
This isn't to say she doesn't screw up in Between the Sheets; things don't change overnight. When she first meets Wyatt Svenson, known as Ty, she approaches their connection as she has done with every man before him.
“I will still fuck you, Ty. You and only you. And I'll help you forget the things you want to forget as long as you keep doing the same for me, but I'm warning you, don't love me,” she told him. "Because I will never love you back.
We have seen this side of Shelby in previous books, particularly when she engages in a thoroughly degrading sexual relationship with a business tycoon in town for a reality show, a relationship that becomes humiliatingly public and follows her into this book.
During the course of Between the Sheets, however, we learn about why Shelby is the way she is.
Shelby was seven when she realized that no matter what she did, how hard she prayed, how good she was, it wouldn't matter, because her father would never love her. Not really. From that moment he no longer had any power over her; he could beat her until she bled but he couldn't touch her. Not where it mattered.
Of course, as we can see from Shelby's sad sex life, her father's hold over her lasted a lot longer than she anticipated. But in Ty, she finds a man who understands her pain even before it's revealed.
His past was checkered with women who wore so much of their damage like clothing. Like accessories. He was beginning to understand that Shelby's was deep and there was a good chance she had buckets of it, hidden under those still waters of hers.
His good sense tells him to leave well enough alone.
Run, man, run while you can, said the cynic in him, who'd had more than his share of relationships implode. You clearly dodged a bullet.
Ultimately, Ty doesn't run. He takes on Shelby's damage, his own, and his son's, and creates a family. It's not an easy journey, but it's well worth the read to watch these people save each other.
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