AUTHOR: Britney King
TITLE: Come Hell or High Water
SERIES: Water Trilogy #3
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
“I’ve been studying her for weeks. I know how she takes her coffee, the color she prefers on her nails, the way her mouth moves when she sleeps. I don’t know what she looks like when she’s happy. But I will.”
When Cheryl Steinbeck-Edwards makes the decision to get in a car with a potential contractor, meticulous hitman Jude Riley and his lovely wife Kate, it appears to be the perfect partnership. Turns out, nothing is perfect, and getting in that car was a poor choice, to say the least.
When Kate decides not to kill the woman, as she and her husband agreed, a series of events, some might even call it karma, conspire to turn their worst fears turn into reality.
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I’ve been studying her for months. I know how she takes her coffee, the color she prefers on her nails, the way her mouth moves when she sleeps. I don’t know what she looks like when she’s happy. But I will.
That’s not to say I meant to keep her this long. And, of course, you, well you, never intended to keep her at all. But then, what’s done is done.
“I want you to be happy here,” I told her the first week she was here, not long after we let the drugs wear off completely.
“I don’t see how that’s possible,” she said.
“Tell me what makes you happy.”
I could see her thinking about my question; I could see that I’d set something into motion. It wasn’t immediate—most things that are truly great rarely are, but eventually her lips turned upward. Slowly, she broke out into a full-on smile, and it was like the sun coming out on a cloudy day. “He makes me happy.”
“Your husband,” I said. It wasn’t a question. Mostly because it hadn’t occurred to me that it should be.
She laughed just slightly. The smile remained. “Something like that.”
“I see,” I told her, raising my brow.
She looked at me then, really looked at me. The smile faded but her eyes lit up. “Not yet, you don’t,” she said. “But you will.”
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5 Stars from Tiffany!
Happily Ever After??
Not sure these two would know what that is if it smacked them in the back of the head. Good grief, once again Britney King takes her readers on one heck of a ride with Jude and Kate. These two were absolutely made for each other, although all they seem to do is bring out the worst. It's not everyday you seriously ask your spouse if he's still thinking about killing you, but just another day in the Water's household.
Jude and Kate are always walking a fine line in thier relationship. He has a job and she has "needs" for what she does. This time around, there's finally something Kate has found that helps...Cheryl. Never having many friends, Kate is drawn to Cheryl, the doctor helping Jude in book two and feels she can't live without her.
Of course Jude is totally annoyed with the Kate/Cheryl relationship and knows that his crazy wife is going to bring thier fragile house of cards and lies down sooner rather than later. He worries about Kate and the kids. Brady and Olivia are getting older and Kate is getting more restless the more she stays home. Jude still has to work, but is finding it difficult to leave as often as he needs to.
"Most men would be sick over this, sick or livid, concerned their wives were up to no good, concerned they were having an affair. Not me. I’m worried that mine is just a plain ol’ cold-blooded killer."
It gets bad. Real bad and at one point I couldn't believe I was actually rooting for something there is no way in hell a person should root for, but this isn't your typical family. Mom and dad are killers, the kids aren't oblivious and things were bound to finally go south. However, I liked that this little family sticks together and kind of knows what they each need and follow the plans layed before them. All of them.
"The only trouble is that when it’s good, it makes it easy to remember how bad it can get."
The book is well written from dual points of view in the Britney King style I have come to enjoy. Jude and Kate telling each other how they are feeling through the reader. So brilliant. There's a lot packed into this final book and like the author, I will miss this special couple tremendously.
Britney King writes modern love stories for mature audiences. She also enjoys suspense and often finds her sweet spot penning a good mixture of the two.
Britney is the author of eight novels and is currently at work on number nine.
She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat and a partridge in a pear tree.
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