Alibi (Brantley Walker: Off the Books) – ARC Review

Alibi
by Nicole Edwards
Release Date:  July 27, 2021
Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited
Book #5 in the Brantley Walker: Off the Books series
Number of Pages: 250
Kindle Edition
Source:  ARC from author
Romantic Suspense M/M M/F
Ages 18 and up
Read 7/13/21 to 7/15/21

Travis Walker has been battling dark urges since the day Juliet Prince kidnapped his six-year-old daughter four months ago. Although Kate was returned safely, the woman responsible vanished.

When their attempts to find her keep coming up empty, Travis let his need for retribution consume him and it nearly cost him his relationship with his family. Thanks to help from Gage and Kylie, Travis came back from the brink and passed the case back where it belonged: with the Off the Books Task Force.

What they don’t know is that, despite their best efforts and repeated failures to find her, Juliet doesn’t intend to run forever. She’s coming back to Coyote Ridge to settle the score once and for all. And this time, she intends to bring Travis to his knees by taking what means the most to him.

When the unthinkable happens, Travis’s need for vengeance is renewed and he will move heaven and earth to avenge his family.

I simultaneously wanted to never put this book down and had a hard time continuing. The title says it all. Since this is NOT a standalone, you’ve already read the first four books of this series and know Travis is going off the rails. I don’t blame him. He is entitled to his rage. But I just knew there would be things happening in this story that would change everything for the Walkers and everyone else in Coyote Ridge.

As with any romantic suspense, it is extremely difficult to review this story without spoilers. But I absolutely will not spoil this story. That also means I will be extremely vague in this review. My main purpose is to tell you, the potential reader, that Nicole Edwards does in this book what she does best…hits you in the feels. Man, this story is a gut-punch.

From the very beginning I have loved Brantley. More than that, I adore Brantley and Reese together. Because they are the men behind the task force, we still get to see them a lot. But this story is very heavy on the Travis/Gage/Kylie relationship. Which makes sense since it’s the kidnapping of their oldest daughter that kicked off this task force in the first place, and the kidnapper is still out there and a major threat. There are a slew of emotions their marriage goes through in this story. The author leads them through, helping them to help each other find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, we can’t forget JJ and Baz, or Trey and Magnus. Both couples do a lot of push/pull in this book. I find Trey and Magnus fun and cannot wait for Trey to get over himself and open himself up to more. Baz and JJ have a lot to work through, but it was wonderful to see JJ let herself to a bit. I’m hoping that she, or someone, helps him to push for a bit more in his situation because he is being strung along for no reason.

Listen, this book will break your heart. It will also build you back up.

5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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