Some people are made for a life of crime
Dragged up on a council estate, Jason Rampling was determined to change his lot. Jason’s a chancer, shameless with his good looks and his gift for earning a few quid. Life is easy when the money rolls in.
Some people are ruined by it
Melissa thought she’d struck gold marrying Jason. Being on his arm meant she was finally a someone. But there’s no glamour in waiting for your husband to come home, or waiting for a knock on the door. Melissa made her bed the day she made her vows – will she lie in it without a fight?
Some would kill for it
After a stretch inside Jason wants to pull off just one last job, the biggest of all, it could solve all of their problems. But this is a game that could cost them everything . . .
Having followed the Butlers over the last few years, I have to say I was a little worried I would miss them when I started this book. It has to be difficult for an author to move away from a series of books that have been written so perfectly, and put them to bed and move on.
I knew we wouldn't be having the Butlers, I knew I loved KC's writing so I was happy to embrace a whole new world. I really couldn't wait to read this book, yet I had told myself I was going to take it slowly and enjoy it. Yeah, right, like that's going to happen. It's quite clear that KC has put her all into this book, and for me personally it's paid off for her. I'm eager to see what others think of the move.
We all make wrong choices in life, some make them more than others.
In this book we are introduced to Jason Rampling. Jason a bit of a ducker and diver, meets Melissa while she is out shopping with her bestie Tracey.
Melissa and Jason seem to hit it off, much to Traceys annoyance as she only took Melissa along to keep her company so she could flirt with Jason.
They soon become an item, both having children of their own from previous partners, this could be a ready made, happy ever after family. (well it could if someone else had written the book).
No No that's not what we want, We need ups, downs, crime, cheating, killing, thieving, lies and deceit. Well we certainly get all that and more.
Jason who lives on the Mardyke estate with his mother, daughter, sister and two brothers. He wants off the estate and a better life for him and his daughter Shay.
This book is Jason going on that very journey and doing exactly what is needed to achieve this. Starting off buying and selling he soon turns to a bigger Life of Crime.
I loved most of the characters in the book and the way the story took them all on a journey of life. There are certainly a few cranks in here to, one of them being Jason's mother. I'm not sure mother is the correct term for her as it seems Jason and his siblings have been dragged up rather than brought up. This is one of the many reasons Jason wants out. Does he see marriage to Mel as his way out, his meal ticket to take on the world?
Mel loves the idea of marrying Jason, a good looking chancer on her arm, worried her friendship with her bestie Tracie will suffer, but best friends can over come anything, Can't they!
A Brilliant read, although at the beginning I felt it seemed a little slower that what we are used to from KC, it's more because we are being introduced slowly to the characters, the book soon ramps up and with a super OMG ending, I have to say I really didn't see that coming.
I'm looking forward to reading more in the future from KC and have just bought again some of her older books, to have another read of. KC is certainly the Queen of this genre.
This book gets the well deserved 5 stars from me for keeping me entertained.