SHE’S A SMALL-TOWN GIRL WITH BIG DREAMS.
Nine years ago, Neve McKay fled her small Southern town and disapproving family to seek a career in the big city. Now she’s finally coming home – and hoping for a fresh start. But the relationship that shattered her world still haunts her. And even among her nearest and dearest, she doesn’t feel safe.
CAN THIS BAD BOY BE THE ANSWER TO HER PRAYERS?
Ian Campbell is a pure Scottish muscle – as hard and handsome as they come. But when Neve walks into his bar, his heart melts . . . and he vows to have this gorgeous and somewhat vulnerable woman in his life – for better or for worse. What is Neve’s tragic secret? And how can Neve expect Ian to protect her, when doing so could put his own life at risk? The only thing Ian knows for sure is that he will do whatever it takes to keep her out of harm’s way – and in his loving arms.
I have read several of Walker’s books, but am a big fan of her romantic suspense series Secrets & Shadows. Because of this, I was super excited for the chance to begin another romantic suspense series and am beyond pleased with Headed for Trouble and what it heralds for the new series, The McKays.
The book opens with Neve McKay returning home after almost a decade away – a decade during which she had almost no contact with her siblings. It’s obvious from the opening that something happened to Neve, something that sent her running from her hometown of McKay’s Treasure and something else that now has her returning. As far as cryptic beginnings go, Walker had me hooked almost immediately with the mystery surrounding Neve and she finished reeling me in with Ian Campbell. Good lord that’s a Scottish mountain I’d love to climb. Despite an immediate connection, Ian throws the brakes on anything happening between them as soon as he learns who Neve is – his best friend’s little sister. However, it’s not her being the little sister that’s the issue, it’s that her estrangement has hurt Brannon and Ian has a problem with those who hurt the people close to him. But we soon learn that things are not what they seem and a third party played a huge part in the growing the divide between the siblings.
Headed for Trouble has a minor mystery to it surrounding why Neve left McKay to begin with and a major suspense plot about why she stayed away for so long and what has her returning home now. Walker does an excellent job of revealing the whys behind both elements over the course of the novel, giving you just enough to keep you invested in the story without revealing too much too soon. While the reasons behind Neve’s departure were heartbreaking, the why behind her estrangement and sudden return was far worse than I anticipated, especially once the whole truth was realized. I was dumbfounded. Yet Walker didn’t just leave it at that because Neve’s trouble followed her home and unknowingly set into motion a chain of events that not only led to Ian and Neve’s relationship, but also set the stage for each of Neve’s siblings to find their happy ending. Obviously with Headed for Trouble being a romantic suspense novel, there is a lot that goes on that I’m glossing over so as not to spoil the story for you. That said, I loved this book and devoured it within a matter of hours. I cannot wait for book two, which I’m assuming will be about Neve’s brother Brannon. I now have another series of Walker’s that is on my watch list.