Regina, Cam, Sawyer and Hutch have been best friends for years, since before high school. Regina is the daughter of a well to do local politician while the guys were foster children of Birdie. Regina and Hutch became friends first when Hutch found her special place where she could find from her unloving parents. Cam and Sawyer joined them when they came across them and Regina defended Hutch by beating the tar out of Cam and Sawyer. Now matter what, the four were as close as friends could be until a year ago.
Now, Regina, a police officer, is in the hospital due to a suspect trying to kill her. She had Birdie contacted as Birdie cares more for her than her parents and Birdie contracts the guys who drop everything to rush to the hospital. The guys have set up a business designing and building homes. They have built one for Regina that she doesn’t know about based on her dream house. When she gets released, they will take her there to recover, even if she doesn’t like it. They’re going to have to talk about what happened a year ago and deal with it because as far as the guys are concerned their friendship is worth everything.
As the police look for the suspect, more bad things keep happening like Birdie’s house getting broke into and Regina’s car blowing up. Someone is after Regina or could it by one of the guys? Regardless, Regina is staying close to the guys to protect them though they don’t know that while the guys just like she’s staying around. Will they be able to move past what happened and will they be able to move their friendship into something more?
This book captured my interest from the first paragraph and didn’t let it go until the end. Ms Banks starts off with action, Regina responding to mysterious lights in an unoccupied house and ends with her putting her job on the line for the guys she loves. Though there is a killer that needs to be found, the book focuses on Regina, the guys and their relationship. The story has different things happening concerning the killer but the interaction between the main characters keeps the story flowing.
The characters are excellent. Each is so well developed that you feel as if you’ve known them for years. These characters are good friends and it shows. They are walking on egg shells yet are able to reach out and talk about what is going on honestly and openly. What happened and what the guys want are outside what most people consider a normal relationship, yet they want to try to make it work. They are honest that it will take work and reflect on what it’s going to take. Regina isn’t sure this is where she wants to go but can express these concerns without the guys judging her. And they don’t just think about themselves, they put this relationship into perspective with Regina’s parents, her job, the guys job and Birdie, all the people that make up their lives giving a better understanding of who they truly are.
There are love scenes. And these truly are love scenes and not just sex. The care and feeling that goes into each shows. While they are graphic, they aren’t just there to have sex but seem to enhance the story and further develop the characters. These characters care for each other and even if they weren’t having sex, they would still care for each other. When Hutch finds Regina, Sawyer and Cam sleeping in the same bed, he finds it cute that they all fell asleep watching a movie and then thinks he should be mad but he isn’t. Each guy has something different to offer and they don’t want Regina to choose, just take them all.
Ms Banks seems to get how to take characters, put them into a situation outside the norm and make it feel right. As much as I can’t imagine this relationship happening in real life, I wanted it to turn out okay and I was pulling for them to be able to work it out. Great job, Ms Banks.