Into The Blood by BT Urruela

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Being released from prison, Xander Evans needs to find the sister he hasn’t seen in years. She holds the key to healing a past he hasn’t come to terms with. That desire has him making the difficult decision of leaving Paige behind. When he discovers just how much trouble Gabriela is in, he fears even he can’t help her survive.

After an ugly separation from the Army, Gabriela Michaels fell in with the wrong crowd. With a drug deal gone wrong, she now has a month to pay back more money than she ever could… or see her life come to a swift end.

Her former flame, Shane Presley, must unite a band of Broken Outlaws to save the woman he’s always loved.

You know, one of my favorite things about new authors is watching them grow. Actually, I love that about any author. When they stretch their wings, challenge themselves, take on new topics. I can honestly say that my respect for BT Urruela, as an author, really grew with this book.

The first thing I will say is that if you read “Into the Nothing” when it originally came out, a few things have changed. I do believe those updates are already online, so if you have it, my impression is you can get the updated version. The reason I mention this is because if you just start “Into the Blood”, some of the timeline will seem off to you.

Normally, I wouldn’t like this but in this case, I thought it was amazing the author did that. One thing that really bothered me in “Into The Nothing” was that Paige’s dad has an ending that I felt needed more time dedicated to it. That is one of the changes and to me, it was so appreciated and worth it. Jack is a really pivotal character to both Paige and Xander.

Moving on to Gabi and Shane. These two were dynamic. We meet Gabi when she has gotten herself into a royally huge mess. I am talking very serious trouble. Not like what we might normally see in a “romance” novel.

There is a trigger warning at the beginning of this book because there is darkness to it. I normally don’t like darker books just because they bring me down. I enjoy reading to escape. However, that said, I do enjoy the darkness when it actually makes sense. And in this story, it made absolute sense. When we learn everything that Gabi has experienced, it made me think. I distinctly remember feeling terrible for her and everything she went through. I wanted to literally find her and help her. Its been awhile since a book brought out that emotion for me.

This book also felt a lot more like the author to me, if that makes sense. This was definitely more action and grit and I felt like that fit this author a lot better. I enjoyed reading a story from a man’s perspective because men do look at things differently. Even if they feel the exact same emotions as women, they can express that wildly different.

Overall, I loved this book. I felt the changes that the author applied to the first book in the series was valuable and it added to the overall story for this group of characters. Gabi and Shane are not a cookie-cutter couple. They were crass, rough around the edges, and I was enamored with them. An absolutely fantastic second book in the Broken Outlaws series.

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