Zoe is in Texas looking for answers. She's recently come to believe that she was raised by people who aren't her real parents after being kidnapped at a young age and not remembering any of the details surrounding it. After getting a few leads, she heads to Texas to try and figure out if everything she believed growing up was a lie and what her real past is. She comes across Tyler Lopez, a private investigator with Only in Texas, he catches her snooping in their offices, but once he hears her out, he takes the case. In part because he's attracted to her, but also Zoe starts getting threats that are escalating. Tyler takes the case and helps protect her from the man who wants her dead.
I liked the story to start. A lot of different threads were set up. Tyler and Zoe's relationship, Tyler and his sister who's in an abusive relationship, Zoe's kidnapping case, Only in Texas's new receptionist, Ellen and her own dealings with her ex and her new relationship with Rick, a man who became a full time dad to his young son that was dropped off at his door. These are just a few of the many storylines that get page time. Early on, the setups for everything were interesting and I got caught up in where all the different pieces were going to go. The problem was, there were so many different storylines, nothing really got explored in depth. As the story went on, scenes and points of view switched so fast, I would just get into one scene and it would cut away quickly elsewhere. It was hard to connect to any one character with so many things going on.
If one storyline stood out, it was Zoe and Tyler, their relationship and the case surrounding the kidnapping. Their romance is slow building, very slow. I wasn't sure if they were even going to have sex on page before the book ended. They do have some fun moments when they first meet, they find themselves in awkward positions, Zoe spilling food on Tyler, Zoe trying to break up a cat and dog fight, naked that Tyler is more than happy to watch happen and a sexy night of strip Scrabble. Cute moments that helped build their relationship, but the one thing being held over their heads was Zoe always planned to move back home to Alabama. This point kept getting brought up by each of them as a way to not let themselves feel too much.
Tyler as a hero was enjoyable. He's had a tough past to overcome, having done time for a crime he didn't commit. He has a large, crazy family, his sister is in an abusive relationship and he takes his fists to her husband more than once. He has a lot going on in his life and doesn't open himself up to love, having been burned in the past by a woman he loved completely. He's playful and sexy with Zoe and there's really nothing I can point to about their relationship to say why it didn't really work for me, other than I just never felt a strong connection. The book and their HEA ends very abruptly and I needed more from them beyond just a big declaration of love from them both, right before The End.
A prominent side story is that of Rick and Ellen, both single parents dealing with ex's who are making their lives miserable. This storyline really needed to be its own book. There was so much between these two, their pasts and their kids to be explored, and I found them both to be interesting characters. Their story got short changed in the supporting role with much of their relationship happening off page and because of that, I didn't buy in.
This was a story that started out fun, but there was too much going on, too many things getting crammed into the story. I liked the characters that were present, Dallas and Nikki (Only In Texas) have some page time, as well as Tony and LeAnn, even with likable characters, I wasn't able to connect with their stories. This was overall disappointing for me.
Blog rating: 2/5