Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, One Two wins the 2017
Millennium Book Award
Cruz Zaffino leaves prison after a serving a decade for a crime he didn’t commit. With his life all over the internet, there’s nowhere he can go to avoid his illicit past. Involved with one of Chicago’s toughest gangs, he made enemies bent on ruining everything he has. Nowhere is beyond their reach. Every day, Rosie Marlow lives with the scars from the worst mistake of her life. It’s the one secret she has in her tiny, gossip-fueled town. When Cruz walks into her bar, covered in tattoos and dangerous attitude, she’s captivated. His rough sexuality makes her melt, and his harsh experience calls to her own broken soul. But her story is private and buried so deep, she’s never had the strength to share it. She’s the unexpected light to his darkness, yet he knows she’s hiding something. Sultry summer nights in each other’s arms weaken her resistance and taunt her with the idea of forever. But as his adversaries draw close, can she love him enough to let him go?
A refreshing and sincere read that quickly sneaks past your defences, Record Of Wrongs is sure to lift your spirits as Kay explores the veracities of love, second chances and redemption in a small town setting that feels wholly authentic. Notably, it marks something of a step change for Kay but it’s one with which she has certainly distinguished herself. She isn’t the kind of writer to fall back on clichés and she doesn’t aim for flawless. Relationships are tested by human frailties and it's these that she captures so well whilst bringing a level of compassion to her characters that’s pleasingly devoid of condescension. At its core it’s a girl meets boy romance and whilst the premise doesn’t sound wholly original Kay convincingly transcends trite tropes to deliver a narrative that’s both eloquent and persuasive. With a well-considered plot, it could easily have fallen prey to sweeping sentiment, but here she strikes the perfect balance between idealised romance and the often more sombre overtures of reality. With a canny ability for picking special moments between her characters on which to expand it’s these that bring Rosie and Cruz to life. Creating a special kind of chemistry that reminds us how some people simply click, no matter what lingers in their past.
An edgy small town romance with real soul and all the hallmarks of a bestseller,
Record Of Wrongs is highly recommended.
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Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story, about a magic ring,that won a statewide Young Authors contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program. In her teens, writing took a back seat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.
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