Title: Into the Nothing
Series: Broken Outlaw #1
Author: BT Urruela
Release Date: June 21, 2016
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.
“How about twenty questions?” I ask.
“I hate twenty questions.”
“How about five questions, then?”
He cracks a smile and lifts an eyebrow. “How about three?”
“So, have I mentioned how much I fucking hate Tuesdays?” Brandi’s voice cuts right between us. Xander looks relieved.
Me? Not so much. “Damn it, Brandi!”
“Oh nothing. Can you grab me Fireball though? Pretty please. Two of them.” I look at Xander. “You’re taking one.”
“Three. I am too, bitch! Fuck Tuesdays!” Brandi calls out from across the bar as she begins filling the shot glasses from the Fireball chiller.
“Question one. You said you’ve been traveling for a while now, right? Do you ever get tired of it? Ever feel like settling?”
“Damn. Starting out with the heavy hitters, huh?” He eyes the shot glasses as if hoping it will somehow make them fill faster.
“Need me to go easier on you? Maybe a finger or two first before I go in with the whole fist?”
He looks at me in disbelief. “Did you really just say that?”
“Just answer the question, two fingers or three?”
This is the first contemporary romance novel I have read by a male author and I have to say I did enjoy his writing style. The story was not at all what I was expecting, there was some pretty big twists and turns that happened in it and I have to admit after the first few chapters it was anything but boring.
The story started a little slowly for me but once I got a few chapters in it definitely picked up and held me captive. There were a few times I felt the story lost a little of its momentum.
I really liked Xander and Paige, both characters were likeable and kept my interest throughout the story. Xander was a no nonsense type of guy. He didn’t take any sh!t from anyone. I loved how respectful he was, especially to women and the Watson family.
There were quite a few parts in this book that pulled at my heart strings, I have to say I didn’t cry but it was a close call. There were plenty of emotional scenes in this book and I think BT covered them well.
Paige’s outrage at Xander’s alcoholism kind of annoyed me, I understand she was mad about his driving but in the end she drank just as much and continued drinking excessively long after Xander stopped.
This was a great solo debut by BT Urreulla, his writing intrigued me and kept me hanging on through this. I have to admit had the ending not been so abrupt I would have been giving this book 4 stars. I felt like there was so much more I needed to know.
BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover’s Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.