When caregiver Charla Tayor arrives at the isolated cottage of a man suffering with Alzheimer's, she's given one instruction to carry out upon his death: to deliver a letter to a man named Liam Murphy. Three years later, she's face-to-face with the letter's recipient, a tattooed Irish Bounty Hunter who's exactly the type of man she's trying to avoid.
But Charla can't ignore their undeniable connection as Liam drags her deeper into her patient's troubled past. Just as she's opening her heart, her life teeters on a dangerous edge, and there's only one man who can save her.
***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆
Charla needed a location change after catching her fiancé cheating with a blond stripper! She had just completed a nurse’s aide program and was ready to accept an in-home caregiver position in the wilds of Illinois by Mud Lake. Charla would be caring for an elderly gentleman suffering from Alzheimer and continuing to work on her nursing degree.
“Someday you’re going to watch me die, Miss Charla. Probably sometime sooner than later,” he said, leaning over the rails.
For three years Charla cared for Jack and was with him when he took his last breath. During that time they developed a true friendship. Jack only asks that at his death she deliver a sealed letter to one Liam Murphy, then pack up everything, get rid of things and sell the cabin. Charla is surprised to learn that Jack left the cabin to her.
“The first thing I’m going to do is give you an envelope. I trust you, Charla, which means more than you’ll ever know. You see, I don’t trust anyone, not even myself.”
Charla delivers the letter to Liam at the Dirty Leprechaun which just so happens to be his bar. Liam is not only a bar owner but also a bounty hunter during the day. He is everything that she needs to stay away from. Charla does not know what is inside the envelope and doesn’t want to know if it has anything to do with Jack’s last ramblings especially the part about the Irish Mafia.
“What is it?” Liam picked up the envelope and studied the front inscription.
“I don’t know.” Charla dug in her purse to retrieve a ten dollar bill and threw it on the counter. “Whatever it is, good luck.”
Liam was in the Marines for six years and had been married to his childhood sweetheart for eight. When he came home from his last tour of duty his wife had filed for divorce. He was a one woman man and has been unable to move on past her betrayal. But Liam finds himself unable to forget the beautiful Charla. He tells her that Jack was his father and he has two brothers. Liam asks Charla to help him find his brothers and to uncover the reason why his father gave them away. He knows this will keep Charla close to him and the more time they spend together the more together they will be.
“So you’re interested?” she asked
“More than interested,” he replied, putting his hand on her lower back again. “Call me intrigued.”
Charla and Liam work together to locate his brothers and at the same time grow together and find peace in each other’s arms.
Hero –Liam Murphy: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Charla Taylor: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book has a hot ex-marine, bounty hunter, bartender that will give his all to one woman and our heroine is just the woman for this sexy man.
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I would love to read about the other Branded Brothers’ and also check out some of her other books.