Tai Randolph has spent the past year putting her life back together. Everything appears to be on track until her cousin Jasper slaps Tai and her boyfriend Trey Seaver with a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Tai is determined to not let Jasper ruin their lives and decides she must find out what’s behind the lawsuit.
Jasper, however, has a high-priced lawyer to defend him against the criminal charges he faces and to sue those who took down his empire. Jasper is also the leader of a white militia splinter group so violent even the KKK stays clear. When witnesses for the upcoming trial against Jasper start dying at the hands of a killer, Tai knows she and Jasper must have one final showdown. Only one of them will walk away, and she’s determined it will not be Jasper. Will she be able to overcome Jasper’s devious plan or will she ruin her life and Trey’s?
I was immediately captivated by Tina Whittle’s character, Tai Randolph. I have almost nothing in common with Tai, yet there was a connection. Tai is one of those caring individuals we all want to succeed. Once the plot of “Reckoning and Ruin” kicks into gear, it moves quickly. The mounting levels of danger Tai faces make her actions seem natural and necessary. There’s nothing fortuitous or convenient in this novel, everything happens for a legitimate reason.
The dialogue throughout flows nicely, with each character having an agenda and purpose. Whittle handles plot pacing deftly and maintains tension, not via one shootout after another, but by the creation of conflict between characters. In short, everything feels natural and a part of the story.
FTC Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by its publisher.