Title: Into the Nothing
Series: Broken Outlaw #1
Author: BT Urruela
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He's never felt like he's had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he's ever known.
Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she's missing....is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she's ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.
A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.
A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.
"How about twenty questions?" I ask.
"I hate twenty questions."
"How about five questions, then?"
He cracks a smile and lifts an eyebrow. "How about three?"
"So, have I mentioned how much I fucking hate Tuesdays?" Brandi's voice cuts right between us. Xander looks relieved.
Me? Not so much. "Damn it, Brandi!"
"Oh nothing. Can you grab me Fireball though? Pretty please. Two of them." I look at Xander. "You're taking one."
"Three. I am too, bitch! Fuck Tuesdays!" Brandi calls out from across the bar as she begins filling the shot glasses from the Fireball chiller.
"Question one. You said you’ve been traveling for a while now, right? Do you ever get tired of it? Ever feel like settling?”
"Damn. Starting out with the heavy hitters, huh?" He eyes the shot glasses as if hoping it will somehow make them fill faster.
"Need me to go easier on you? Maybe a finger or two first before I go in with the whole fist?"
He looks at me in disbelief. "Did you really just say that?"
"Just answer the question, two fingers or three?"
~ Marlene's Review ~
Right from the start, this book had me in a state of constant wonder as to what really happened that landed this man in prison. What role did he play in this crime? Was he truly as innocent as he claimed to be?
Xander is traveling through with a final destination in mind when he finds himself in a small town. Although he has no intentions of staying very long, a welcoming family, that includes a young and feisty woman that ties him in knots, keeps him in town longer than expected.
Paige is living a relatively happy life, but she is tired of the same small town immature boys. She is immediately intrigued when a hotter than sin stranger pops up in town.
Now, this isn’t your typical romance read, nor is it an insta-lust/love story. These characters feel a spark and a connection from the beginning, but you won’t be thrust into pages full of sex scenes hours after they meet. This is quite different. Refreshing, right?
This book for me ended up being more about the mystery that surrounded the crime that I knew was coming than it was about the budding romance between the main characters. Who could have done it? Why would they do it? Every character became suspicious to me and I really enjoyed trying to connect all the dots.
By the end of this installment, I felt like some pieces were missing from the puzzle and maybe too many details were given when they weren’t needed. However, I liked the story and thought it was a great start to a series that I’ll definitely be following!
BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he's a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover's Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.