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 to even begin – this is the 1st book I have read by author BT Urruela and I am so glad that I did. What an absolutely phenomenal book.
I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. BT grabs you during the prologue introducing you to Xander a rough guy who has really had a tough life and is trying to find something, anything better. The alpha male, but not the “jerk” male. He is gritty, rough, and sexy all wrapped up in one. He has done things, things that torture him in his dreams, you want to wrap your arms around him and take away those nightmares.
Paige has had a pretty good life, horribly abusive ex-boyfriend, but she is finally away from him and living with her parents, working with her mom and enjoying her best friend Brandi. And trying to make a life for herself.
When Xander stops at a bar after a long day’s ride he isn’t looking for trouble, just a cold beer. In walks Paige and her father, and before Xander knows it his “Alpha male” side has to come out after a really nasty local decides to make grab ass with Paige. It doesn’t talke long and Xander and Paige begin a roller coaster of a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, grasping the railing because you just know the next drop is coming. And when it does BT sucks you in, spins you around, trying to catch your breath before throwing you into the next curve and down the next drop off.
The chemistry between Xander and Paige is noticeable from the start and grows throughout the story. Xander, the hardened wanderer, whose has kept his heart behind a wall so thick and deep with secrets, couldn’t ever see a way out. But slowly his heart begins to soften, and that wall begins to crumble. But the more it softens, the more the wall crumbles, the more trouble comes his way. My heart ached for Xander so many times throughout this story. Paige, always trying to get to know him more, and get him to open up, may just be the one woman who can break through that wall.
BT has done an amazing job weaving a spell binding story that kept me up late at night, yawning at work and waiting for my next break so I could get another fix of Xander and Paige. This is also the first time I have read a “guy’s” writing of a sex scene and I have to tell you BT does not disappoint in this department. He is going to leave you wanting more.
I finished the book at work, I recommend having tissue handy people. We romance readers always love those HEA’s. Well there is a HEA in this book, but its not your typical and you will be left wanting more, there will be more and I can’t wait. Xander and Paige’s story isn’t finished. There is so much more out there for them and I can’t wait to see what BT brings in the next book.
And I can’t wait for more of characters Irish and Twitch. Oh wow that Twitch is a character and will have you laughing.
“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?”“Deal!”“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!”“What?”“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?”
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.