This review popped up on my Goodreads feed and suddenly, I was feeling all the feels just from reading it. Not only is this my first Kele Moon but this is the book which turned me into a Kele Moon fangirl for life. You know you’ve read something special when after more than a year, reading the review for it still makes your heart stop and clench in emotion. Crossing the Line is indeed very special. I was totally captivated by Wyatt and Tabitha’s story. This is the kind of story that makes you believe in heroes and happily ever afters. In other words, my favorite kind of story.
Wyatt Conner is a force to be reckon with in his hometown and in the ring both as a former MMA fighter and current Sheriff of Garnet County. He’s set in his ways and all about following the rules.
But he wasn’t always like that. When he was younger, he fell in love and was loved until circumstances beyond his control took it away from him. His one and only love left him a broken and bitter man who lived only for his job and his duty.
It was interesting to read Wyatt’s story. Although I’ve read his story first, I have since then read the other books in the series and it was already hinted in those books about Wyatt’s lost love. In Crossing the Line, we finally hear his story…well, not just his but Tabitha’s as well.
What I loved about this book is how the author went back to the moment when Wyatt and Tabitha met. We weren’t just given snippets or flashbacks of it, we get their whole story. I usually feel ambivalent when authors go back to the past but here, it was needed. Readers needed to see Wyatt before he became bitter and cynical. I needed to see for myself if what he had with Tabitha was real. And it was as real as it can get.
Although, they fell in love at a very young age, you feel their connection and their chemistry was awesome. Tabitha was pretty much vilified in the previous books as being the bitch who left Wyatt. But here, we get to see her shitty childhood and the horrors she went through. But most of all, we get to see her love for Wyatt. She wasn’t some flighty, manipulative girl who left Wyatt in the dust, she was someone who really loved him and continues to love him in spite being apart for 13 years. I felt that her reasons for leaving was valid. Of course, I would have rather that she stayed than left Garnet but I understood her reasons as well.
She had been a victim for so long that she reacted like one. I usually am not a fan of that in my heroines but honestly, after reading her story, I couldn’t really blame her. Long term abuse abuse does that to a person, and her fear for Wyatt was palpable. It was heartbreaking. She really thought she was protecting Wyatt by leaving. Still makes me teary-eyed thinking about it.
Like the rest of the series, the secondary characters figured prominently in this book. We get to actually see Wyatt’s family; his grandfather and father and how these men actually both loved and lost. I also loved the glimpse into his relationship with his twin Jules. They were hilarious. And of course, we find out about Clay and Wyatt’s relationship before they became best of friends. Nova, Tino and Romeo were prominent fixtures too, especially Nova. I got to say, I can’t wait for his book. It’s going to be interesting.
This book owned me from start to finish, and now even more than a year after, it still owns me. I loved the ending and that epilogue was so worth it. The characters weren’t perfect and they’ve made some questionable choices that had me shaking my head in disbelief but I still ended up rooting for them. A beautiful story about love, sacrifices, and second chances. A highly recommended read.