Sydney by Jennifer Hanks

I’m working my way through the DiMarco Series by Jennifer Hanks. You can find my reviews of #1, Lucy, here and #5, Kate, here.

SydneySydney is the second book in the DiMarco series and features the DiMarco brother Cameron, twin of Christian from Lucy’s book. Cameron is working a long-term undercover assignment with the FBI trying to take down a local drug kingpin. Sydney is the ex-girlfriend of the target and Cameron is to get close to her to find out what she knows.

Sydney owns a coffee shop with her best friend Maddie. Her parents were killed in a car accident and her only family is her brother Liam. Liam and Maddie had helped her escape her abusive ex-boyfriend and move away to get out of his reach. She hasn’t dated since Danny, but when Matt (Cameron) walks into her coffee shop and asks her out, she can’t deny their connection.

The DiMarco family members have a lot of drama! Cameron hasn’t seen his siblings in two years. They don’t know if he’s dead or alive, until he hears of Jake’s baby being born and lurks outside the hospital to get a bit of news. Luke, because his case as a detective intersects with the FBI investigation, knows what Cameron is doing but must keep the secret as well to protect their large family.

Cam and Sydney have an intense relationship. So far all of their women are strong, fiery women who don’t back down from an argument and the DiMarco brothers all have strong personalities, too. Syd’s reaction to learning Cameron’s true identity is explosive. She doesn’t forgive easily. Especially since the FBI think her beloved brother is involved in Danny’s organization. The investigation comes to a head, and the ending made my jaw drop.

What I liked: Lots going on. There weren’t any slow, draggy parts. Syd and Cam are both good characters. And it’s always good to see more of the DiMarco clan, especially the patriarch.

What I didn’t like: Sydney’s game playing was Not. Cool. She was acting like a high schooler with her “he did this so I will too” justification except her “this” involved an FBI investigation and people’s lives. I get that she wanted to help her brother, but her methods were wrong.

Overall: Good book! And the ending of the epilogue had me starting the next book immediately. Whoa!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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