I really loved reading Second in Command by VK Powell. This is the second book in the Fairview Station series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the first one. This book can be read as a standalone book.
This story centers around Lieutenant Jazz Perry, adopted daughter of the Carlyle family, social worker Emory Blake, and a young at-risk child named Shea Spencer, who has been in and out of the foster care system. There are a good many secondary characters, both good and bad. Those of you who have already read the first book will meet several familiar faces. All of the characters are well-drawn, realistic and likeable (except the bad guys of course). I liked that the author let the characters have flaws, both physically and socially. They weren’t all super thin models with unrealistic bodies and perfect histories. It was refreshing to see more realistic characters still described as beautiful.
There is mystery and intrigue in this tale, and of course romance. The story and the characters will keep you reading until the end. I know it did for me, and now I want to go back and read the first book. I also hope we will see more books in the series about the rest of the Carlyle family.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.