cover image Razed


Shiloh Walker. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (320p) ISBN 978-0-425-27390-6

Picking up where 2013’s Wrecked left off, Walker switches focus to tattoo artist Keelie Jessup, who unexpectedly falls for photographer Zane Barnes after an electrifying encounter leaves them both reeling with attraction. Eventually, Zane overcomes Keelie’s fear of commitment, enabling the two to start a hot and heavy relationship that surprises friends and family alike. But they both have intense issues to work through, including Keelie’s traumatic past and Zane’s overprotective nature. The story takes a dark turn as they confront their personal demons, but with the help of Zane’s meddling siblings, they might just find their way to a happy ending. Walker builds her story around a passionate, convincing romance, and fleshes it out with memorable characters and a healthy dose of steamy, sensual interaction that’s satisfying on an emotional and visceral level. The narrative turns edgy once Walker delves into her protagonists’ histories, with allusions to violence and sexual assault that some readers may find off-putting. However, Keelie’s inner strength and Zane’s compassion make them a couple worth rooting for. Agent: Rachel Ekstrom, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Dec.)