Genres: Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Crime, Romance, Contemporary
Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He’s never felt like he’s had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he’s ever known.
Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she’s missing….is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she’s ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.
A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.
A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Into The Nothing,” is the first solo novel by Author BT Urruela. This novel is listed as romance but there is a strong focus on crime, mystery and suspense. Based on the blurb you have a good idea of what this story is about, however there were some twists and turns of a darker nature that I didn’t see coming.
Xander was a man with a less than stellar past in which he made many mistakes, some of which he apparently hadn’t learned from. That being said, I still liked him and I was praying all the while that he would get his HEA. No one in this life is perfect; we all do stupid things! However, Xander didn’t deserve every tragic thing that happened to him. He was a wanderer with no roots or any hope for his life to be anything but what it was. Then he met Paige and her family.
Ok, so Paige was not my favorite character. I found her hard to like. She was forward and pushy and most of all, when it mattered, she let me down…as well as Xander.
With the exception of the first few pages, the first half of the book was a bit slow with the last 20% picking up. I was tapping my Kindle pretty quickly by that point. There were many parts of the story I liked and a couple that I struggled with. One negative aspect for me was because of the blurb and the first few pages, we knew what happened to Xander. Because of that I was too focused on waiting for that “ball” to drop, concentrating on the who, when, and where rather than the story. But that is just me! I need to know my HEA is on the horizon. “Into The Nothing” pulled some new emotions from me causing me to step out of my comfort zone. Whether that is just something particular to my tastes or not, it is not a reflection on the author’s writing. I want to made that understood. The good point…is now I know what I can expect from the next book in the series; the writing style of the author. And I will read the next book, however I’ll be going into it with an altered perspective. And that’s a good thing.
This novel was written in both H/h POV’s which is my preferred style to read. But in this case, I think I would have liked this one to be from Xander’s POV only. I felt strongly that this was “his” story. All in all, I was glad I read this novel. It was a bit darker than I’m used to but I really liked it.
My Rating…3.75-4 Stars!
SPOILER ALERT REGARDING SOME TRIGGERS! ONLY CONTINUE TO READ THIS IF YOU ARE EFFECTED BY TRIGGERS!!!!……
*There are some triggers in this novel regarding drugs, fighting, attempted rape, gruesome murder and mental illness…