Happiness doesn't come without a price.
Rosemary Young knows the Lane. It's where she grew up, raising a brother barely younger than she was. It's where she served drinks, wearing a gaudy uniform in a low-lit bar to support her mama. It's where she fell for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Brandon Williams might've had a taste for gambling and been headed nowhere fast, but something about him made her almost forget every promise she ever made.
These days when Rosie walks the Lane, it's on the orders of the man who owns it. The man who owns her—Joshua King. A bet gone wrong ties her to him, serving as the collateral Brandon didn't have. For Brandon the guilt is a white-hot brand, but Rosie can't bring herself to regret it completely. The safety of those she loves is worth the sacrifice.
Now King's called Brandon back to town early and given Rosie one last job to do before they're free. Nothing—not even King—will keep Brandon from Rosie, not after three years of simply existing without her. And before it's all over, everything that had been done in darkness will come to light and nothing in their lives will ever be the same again
Kristine Wyllys is a 20-something foul-mouthed introvert with big hair and bigger sunglasses, born and raised in a city full of college kids and dying automotive plants outside of Detroit. These days she kicks off her boots in a town too tiny to be considered one in the northern version of the Carolinas. She married her high school sweetheart, a boy she calls Betty, when they were still babies and together they made a pair of sweet-faced, magical babies all their own: a charming old soul of a boy with a crooked grin who’s on the spectrum and a wild, second-born prince with mischievous eyes and a fierce left hook.
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Jen's Review - My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I didn't realize this was the 2nd book :) It might be nice to read Bri's story after reading about her in this book :)
Cute story - it was a little hard to read - might be because I didn't read the first book. The story was told like you knew everything and everyone, but they were reminding you in this book -
Other than that, it was a good story! I really liked how Rose and Brandon were tied into everything -
Rose isn't an easy girl to live with - even with herself. She has so much anger and frustration - but that's not all. She's a good girl with morals and her own feelings -
Her sick mom and her brother mean the world to her ,and she'd do anything she could to protect and help them.
When Rose met Brandon, she was struggling. Trying to get money to help pay for her mom's hospital visits.
When things turn worse for her mom. She turns to Brandon for help.
Little did she know exactly who Brandon was working with in his gambling problems.
Rose got suckered into this new life. Her life where her brother kept stealing booze from the bar he worked at, her mom was still sick, but she was doing ok, and Brandon couldn't be with her.
But that's not all - she's found herself in a lifestyle that she knew was morally wrong. She hated every second of it. But with all the threats that hung over her head, she had no choice but to go through with everything.
The ending surprised me a little. But I'm a sucker for a great ending :)
Really good story - think I'll read book 1 next to see if it clears up my confusion from before - the book is written to be read as a standalone book - but I think it might be better after reading the first one :)