Series: Everyday Heroes #1
Author: K Bromberg
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23 Oct 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads
From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them.
“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”
Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.
Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.
But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.
What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?
I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.
That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.
Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.
I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.
Cuffed draws you into the characters lives and doesn’t let you go, Kirsty makes damn sure you are invested in the characters to the point where their happiness becomes your primary concern.
The dual narrative provides insight and understanding to both the main characters as well as introducing the main players for the future books in the series.
Grant and Emerson were best friends when they were little children, their connection the forever type that is until Emerson shares her most painful, heartbreaking secret. While Grant promised Emerson he wouldn’t tell anyone else he is mature enough to know that Emerson needs to be removed from the situation she has no control over. When you work in education you have a duty of care to the students, safeguarding is one of the key topics, handling sensitive information etc. and the need to pass any issues on the to the correct people as a matter of urgency. I admired Grant for being strong enough to break his promise to Emerson but ultimately saving her in the process.
However, Emerson subconsciously harbors a lot of trust issues due to Grant’s treachery compounded by the horrific events of her childhood and her mother’s misplaced guilt and broken faith in others. Although Emerson has repressed a lot of the memories of her torment as a way of protecting her mind from the horrors she endured, there are still triggers within her psyche. I honestly can’t imagine having to deal with all of the trauma Emerson faced at such a young age. No details are given within the narrative but your imagination can fill in the gaps.
Returning to her hometown after 20 years, Emerson feels drawn to Sunnyville in order to put down the roots she has been lacking since she left. It honestly feels as if all roads led to Sunnyville and ultimately, Grant.
Grant has always wondered what happened to his best friend and although he knows what he did ultimately saved Emerson, he also can’t help but feel responsible for her leaving. Seeing the grown-up version of Emerson rocks Grant’s world off its foundation. Grant has a serious case of white night syndrome which a good thing in his career within law enforcement. although Emerson isn’t the only one dealing with latent repercussions from their shared childhood.
The chemistry between Emerson and Grant is off the charts resulting in an agreement to explore their joint passion. Their emotional connection quickly re-establishing itself stronger than ever – something Emerson doesn’t know how to handle and with Grant’s player reputation it is surprising how comfortable he is with his emotions and the work he is prepared to put into his relationship with Emerson.
I completely adored Grant, he is the type of person that is willing to go that extra mile for others but especially those he loves.
I especially loved the way in which Emerson is able to gain emotional stability and begin to form emotional ties to the people around her where she previously kept her distance (emotionally) as a means of self-protection.
There is a lot going on in the plot of Cuffed both with Emerson and Grant’s relationship but also their careers and friends – you will find it difficult to put the book down until the last page. I always feel as if the characters are going to do something without my knowledge if I leave them alone for too long 😉
Cuffed shows young love can be true love and it can overcome whatever barriers are placed in its path ♥