Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.
Before life hurt him, Wyatt was different. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.
When she left it destroyed him.
Now she’s back.
Tabitha knew coming home was a mistake, but family obligation demanded it. She wasn’t expecting to run smack into the love of her life the same day she returned.
Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. She needs a second chance too, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.
Even for another taste of true love.
As the third book in Kele Moon’s Battered Hearts Series, this is undoubtedly my favorite out of the three. I was so excited to read about why Wyatt was so heartbroken and while reading I became heartbroken for him, but mostly for Tabitha.
Wyatt fell in love with the pretty red head when they were just little kids. One day he gave her his bag of cookies to cheer her up and he instantly became her hero. He didn’t know that she didn’t have any food to eat and the cookies were a lifeline for her and her best friend, Clay. Tabitha came from a horrible home life. Her brother beat her up and his friend lusted after her ever since she could remember. Her mother was a drunk who couldn’t hold a job, but that didn’t stop Tabitha from protecting her family. She covered for the beatings Brett gave her and she covered for her mother’s drunkenness by saying she was ill.
Wyatt and Tabitha’s love grew as they did, but their respective families didn’t want them together. Wyatt’s dad, as the town sheriff, was afraid Tabitha would end up like her mother. Tabitha’s mother and brother hated the law and anyone associated with it. So, they met in secret and carried on their relationship until one night while away at a fight that Clay and Wyatt were both in. Wyatt asked her to marry him and she agreed. He wanted to tell everyone and move her into his father’s house as soon as they got back to town, but she was afraid to tell her mom and shatter her world. They fought about it one night when he took her home after work and then something horrible happened that rocked both of their worlds. Tabitha left town, Wyatt, and never came back. Neither one of them divorced the other, so they lived apart, but still married, and broken hearted for thirteen years.
My heart just crushed for all that this couple endured. Even though Wyatt could be a hot head and opened his mouth before thinking, he loved Tabitha with all he had. Tabitha didn’t know any different and was so co-dependent on her mother that she couldn’t see that life would have been so much better away from her (and it did end up being better). The fact that these two still stayed faithful to each other while apart spoke volumes for the depth of their love – and that it can overcome even the worst of circumstances.
This book also featured a lot of the other characters from the previous books. Jules and Romeo had twin babies, Melody helped out Tabitha, and Clay even made up with Tab. Hal and Terry played a part in this story, too. Everything came together and everyone’s lives turned out pretty well.
After reading this book and the series, I absolutely adore Kele Moon’s writing and can’t wait to hunt for more from this fabulous author!