Fall to Pieces
by Becky Flade
GENRE: Romantic suspense
Detective Alexandra Danvers is determined to bring child killer, Arthur Book, to justice, no matter the cost. Detective Xavier Knight was asked to evaluate Lexi’s fitness for duty. He fears investigating Lexi could allow a monster to walk free. Holding onto their own secrets, they launch a covert investigation into Arthur Book who could cost Lexi and Xavier their careers, including their lives.
Lexi woke slowly. The familiar feel of her bed, the comforting smell of her laundry detergent lingering in the sheet pressed against her face, reassured her. I’m home. I made it home. Head pounding, mouth dry and tasting like a barroom floor–or how she imagined a barroom floor would taste–and with seven-hour- old whiskey roiling in her stomach threatening to reappear, Lexi opened her eyes. A man lay snoring beside her, his head down by her feet and his well-toned, hairy body sprawled on top of the sheets. They’d lost the duvet while tangling over it in the pre-dawn hours. Lexi remembered without embarrassment picking him up at the bar and bringing him home with her, the vigorous sex she’d semi-enjoyed but couldn’t remember his name. Bending a leg, she planted a foot in his cute behind and shoved him out of bed.
“Time to go, Romeo.” Lexi stifled a laugh at the distinctively female yelp as he tumbled to the floor. The sheet puddled around her lap as she sat, but she didn’t bother with false modesty. She reached for the water bottle she’d had the foresight to leave on her nightstand and watched with disinterest as her companion stood. Guzzling water, rinsing the taste from her mouth, she assessed. He was good-looking, athletically built, and a decent lay, but dumb as a stump if memory served. Lexi had no interest in learning more.
Oh my. I’m at a loss, really. Still catching my breath and realizing that 5 years ago, I read Kylee and Jayson’s book and it was my book of the year. Here’s the link to my review: Review of A Love Restrained. Enjoy. So saying that this book is right up there with their story would be an understatement. No one can write gritty, emotional, raw, romantic suspense like Ms. Flade. Nobody. And yes, I read JD Robb and others. Ms. Flade is in a class all by herself. From the opening of the book (see above excerpt) to the end, I held my breath. And I didn’t want it to end.
Lexi is a messed-up woman, but I would be too if I went through what she did. She’s a survivor, but that’s about it. Going through the motions and trying to numb away her pain any way she can at this point. She has friends, but they also know the destructive path she is on. Not to mention that her department wants her gone. Enter Xavier. He is no knight in shining armor, but he understands the pain and suffering that Lexi is/has gone through. Ms. Flade doesn’t sugercoat Lexi at all. See above. She gets her and her pain. Xavier gets her pain, too.
Xavier isn’t without his flaws, too. At first, I didn’t like his superior officer, and it made me grind my teeth, but then when Xavier finally stood up for Lexi, it was poetry. Look, I understood the why but they were just downright mean about it. Not to mention it was the good old boy system, but she is good at her job and they know it. Trudy and Kylee were exceptional secondary characters and friends for Lexi. Of course, I read Kylee’s book 5 years ago and things have progressed with her. Trudy is a breath of fresh air for me. So much so that I hope I don’t have to wait 5 more years for her story. She deserves it. Plus, I would like to see where Lexi and Xavier are in their relationship.
The suspense element is straight out of the headlines, and Ms. Flade doesn’t shy away from it. She embraces it and has Lexi live with it. The villain is vile and with a twist that I didn’t see coming. That’s what makes Ms. Flade so good as a suspense writer. Just when you think you have it figured out, she surprises you. Ms. Flade is a patient writer and lets her characters tell the story. Nothing is rushed. However, I will warn you that while there are smexy times in the book, I almost felt like they did not need it between Lexi and Xavier. I know, I’m weird. I was more invested in how the police procedural part of the book played out and it was a doozy.
There is a lot going on in this book, but trust me, you won’t be lost. Embrace the rollercoaster of emotions, situations that are thrown at Lexi and Xavier. You won’t be sorry. I wish I could tell you more, but then I would spoil it. It’s a book that just needs to be read and savored. I plan on re-reading Kylee and Jayson’s book, then this one. Yes, they are that good. So far, this is my best book of 2022.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
When I was little, I thought everyone had stories in their head. When I found out that wasn’t true and that only special people had stories to tell, I wanted to be one of the people who shared their stories with the world. Here I am, making my own dreams come true, one happily ever after at a time.
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Purchase links for Fall to Pieces:
Kindle US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KT3PCBY
Kindle UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09KT3PCBY
Kindle CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09KT3PCBY
Kindle AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09KT3PCBY
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:
Becky Flade will award a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.