Scapegoat by JR Gray

Tatted_book_freak says: "Another intense read by an amazing author!" about Scapegoat by JR Gray in her review shared here and on her bookstagram!
From the blurb:

Special Agent Nolan Hudson

At seventeen, I ran. I joined the military and planned to never step foot in my home town again. Nothing could make me return to that hellhole and the pain I buried there, or so I thought— until I found myself on a plane to that very place.

Almost two decades later, I’m forced home to help find a missing nine year old. As a member of the most elite K9 special unit in the country, it was my job and you can’t exactly say no to the FBI. It should be easy, and I won’t have to face what I ran from.

However, the case is anything but simple and to make matters worse, I’m faced with the last person I ever wanted to see again: Officer Callum Stone— the sheriff’s son and the town’s golden boy. Only he’s not anymore—he’s a ruin of what he once was.

It’s Callum’s kid who’s missing, and all the feelings I’d spent almost twenty years running from rise to the surface.

As secrets come to light, we realize our small town is hiding a lot more than we thought, and we’ll have to follow the trail of deception to get justice and maybe a second chance at love.

Scapegoat is a second chance MM romantic suspense, featuring a small town, some FBI K9 fun, and hurt/comfort vibes. It is the first book in J.R. Gray's Working Dogs series, which will be packed with action, suspense, and humor.

Tatted_Book_Freak's Review:

Another intense read by an amazing author! His love for suspense, mystery and tragedy is a textbook to the depths of my soul. J.R. completely grasped my attention, keeping my mind entirely intrigued with every turn of the page. And, what is up with all these mini-adult kids?! I swear, they continue to fascinate me with their intellect and knowledge!

“ℕ𝕠 𝕞𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕖𝕟𝕤, 𝕀 𝕘𝕠𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦. 𝕀’𝕞 𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕚𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕟𝕖𝕖𝕕 𝕞𝕖.”

I am at a loss of words for what Callum has been through, with both his loss of his heart and the tragic circumstances he has endured within these pages. J.R. spoke with raw emotions when delivering the events of Cal’s upbringing, leading to the inevitable temporary loss of his lover. But, everyone deserves a second chance!

“𝕀 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕𝕟’𝕥 𝕓𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕖𝕝𝕗 𝕥𝕠 𝕙𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕦𝕡 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕞𝕖𝕟 𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖, 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕀’𝕞 𝕥𝕚𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕥𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘.”

Hats off to Nolan for his inability to stay strong with Callum! Though he was never at a loss for words when dealing with him after seventeen years, being blunt and direct with his feelings for him. He handled his hurt like an adult, never becoming bitter but anxious when returning to his hometown.

“𝕀 𝕔𝕒𝕟’𝕥 𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕪𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕟 𝕗𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕪 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕤 𝕔𝕝𝕠𝕤𝕖 𝕒𝕤 𝕀 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕘𝕖𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦.”

This connection was remarkably perfect! Even throughout their struggles, the chemistry was pure.
“This felt monumental. Like we’d waited for each other, even if unconsciously.” I have never experienced a love more pure, more worthy than these two characters! The intimacy was pure bliss, paving way for some explosive smut scenes!!

“𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕟’𝕥 𝕕𝕠𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕚𝕥. 𝕊𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕠𝕟𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕜 𝕚𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕞,”

Maddie and her mouth was everything!! Love an intelligent pint sized character, especially when they have some humorous whit trapped inside 

Rating: 5 Stars

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