on January 1st 1970
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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.
He doesn’t settle. He’ll stop in one town for awhile just to pack up and move on to somewhere else. Growing up in foster care, Xander has never had a place that he could truly call home. That is until he meets Paige Watson in a small town that he only meant to pass through.
For BT Urruela’s first solo debut novel, I thought Into The Nothing was a pretty good read. I liked that Xander wasn’t anywhere near perfect though he was respectful and stood up for what he believed in. He was relatable. I’m not 100% sure how to feel about Paige. She’s feisty, inquisitive, you can tell that she really loves her family, but it was hard to connect with her at times. One things for sure though is that I truly enjoyed the Watson family and the bickering between them. It made the story more realistic. I loved how they welcomed Xander into their home without question. Then there’s Twitch. This guy was a hoot! I freaking adored this character and he totally stole the spotlight whenever we were graced with his presence.
There were some areas where Into The Nothing was a little predictable and didn’t flow very well. There was one part in particular where I question timing of events. Other than that though, I found it to be entertaining. The ending definitely took me by surprise but I can’t see the story ending any other way. This isn’t your typical HEA and I love that BT took a chance and wrote outside of the norm.