Truth and Humility by J.A. Dennam
Release date: March 9, 2013
Danny Bennett knows that most of what keeps her family feuding with the Cahill clan is baseless accusations from both parties, but that doesn’t keep her from taking sides. After all, when her fun-loving brother, Derek – the person she idolizes the most – has been accused of murder, her loyalties lay solidly with him. But her loyalty to her chosen future is what she puts first when she applies for a dangerous job in order to pay for her college education. Accustomed to living on the edge, Danny welcomes a good challenge...until she realizes she has unwittingly landed herself in the bowels of the enemy camp and fallen prey to her brother’s irresistibly sexy accuser.
Driven by hatred, Austin Cahill knows exactly what to do with the Bennett girl who saunters onto his jobsite under false pretenses: use her as a weapon against her brother, the man he holds responsible for his fiancé’s fatal drowning. Derek Bennett must pay for his crimes, but Austin must coax a confession out of him first. His plan to “own” Derek’s beloved baby sister should break the man, but he soon discovers a much bigger obstacle...his burgeoning desire for Danny. When Derek comes for her, will Austin be prepared to let her go in exchange for the truth? Will his quest for vengeance destroy the woman he’s grown to care for? Or will it be the truth that brings them all down?
I had a difficult time with this book in the very beginning. I thought this was going to be your typical present-day Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story kind of book. Then the book’s true plot entered.
Danny will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. She is strong, smart, fast-tongued, witty, hard-working… you get the point. She is the total package, and she can hang with the big guys! She is more than just strong-willed, she is determined.
Austin isn’t your typical salvage yard owner. He is caring and giving… except where Danny is concerned. He vows to not let her infiltrate his business. He thinks she is a spy from his family’s enemies. It takes him a while to realize that she truly wants to work for him. Although he tricks her in to having to stay employed at his yard, she toughs it out and proves herself.
Then the fun begins. Not only does Danny form bonds with her co-workers, but she just may show Austin up in his own world. She also throws him through some loops in the process. Then the fun begins. Things go awry, accidents ensue, people are getting hurt. Fingers get pointed back and forth from both families. The century-old feud has taken control of everyone. No one trusts one another. Austin and Danny can’t seem to trust each other even though they have connected in so many ways that should be off limits.
As lives are at stake, it is up to this cast to figure out just who is trying to hurt and kill who. No one knows what danger lurks around each corner. The biggest test of all is love. Can love survive the feud? Or will love take the lives of those around them? I can’t give away anymore of the story. Although you are probably scratching your head right now. You should be. I was for a moment or two. I got whiplash from the bouncing ball in the second half of this book.
This story is well-written. It will leave you hanging for the next book in the series. Which, by the way I have read also… My oh my… This is the beginning of a wonderful, suspenseful story of two families coming together to save each others’ lives. The bond these families find is unbreakable, or is it? This is a series that you should definitely read!