The beginning is a bit confusing. I think more dialogue tags would have helped. I thought the waitress’ name is Judy and it turns out that’s another waitress’ name, not the one Clay likes. It is also confusing at first about Wyatt being the sheriff. It read as if they were two different people at the beginning. Once that’s all sorted out, the story really plays out beautifully. Clay is fierce but hides a soft heart. Melanie is tough, running from a rough past and determined to survive what life throws at her. Their romance is great, a dazzling dance. The sex is hot but there is too much of it. Those are crazy words, I know. But one sex scene right after the other can get boring. I think less sex and more story would have made this a 5 star book. The banter between Wyatt and Clay is fantastic, funny and genuinely entertaining as well as believable. Jules is witty and wonderful, that would be Wyatt’s sister. Although, I’ve read this story line before, this is well written and I’m excited to read the rest of this series.
Battered Hearts is a highly recommended read!