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 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?"
"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!"
"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?"
4 Star Review by Ashley
My jaw is still on the floor. BT Urruela blew me away with his solo debut. The opening had my eyes popping wide and my jaw on the floor. I liked Xander from his first thought even though I had absolutely no clue what was going on. I will say that there is a lot jam packed into the relatively short time period that this book takes place in. But it all worked really well to lay the groundwork for a unique read.
I haven't read a character like Xander before. His life has been far from easy and though he's managed to make some really great friends over the years, he's a drifter. He is undeniably strong and has just a touch of punk in him. BUT he backs up his words with his actions. If there is one thing that gets him going it is disrespect, especially towards women. Which is precisely how he ended up with the Watson's. There was something so genuine and fun about the Watson family. From the way they bantered with each other to the way they supported each other in their work and how they welcomed Xander into their lives, they were the type of people you couldn't help but like. And as Xander and Paige spend time together and open up to one another more and more you can see the seeds of something deep and meaningful being planted. But as their relationship blossomed, Xander found himself the focus of the towns thugs. He made more than one enemy in his short stint and with each new fight I thought to myself...oohhhh this is who really did it!
There was a good intensity that seemed to stall before it picked back up towards the end. Speaking of which, I found the ending a touch rushed. There were so many details about the smaller, sweet, simple moments given that I felt some of the bigger points were missed. There was so much room to take the ending even further and tie it all together. That being said, the ending was wow. I didn't expect that last little twist at all- and no one was the same for it. While Into the Nothing doesn't really end in a cliffhanger, I am curious to see what is in store for this crew on the adventure they had just set out on.
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.