Time Served

Time Served

by Julianna Keyes

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"One of my favorite things in this book is that it doesn't pull punches… If you're looking for a gritty story with a lot of heat (and I mean a lot) and real characters, I'd definitely recommend Time Served."—Dear Author, recommended read

Dean Barclay had nothing to do with my decision to flee my old life, but he is 100 percent of the reason I vowed to never look back.

I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean—dangerous, daring, determined—away from the crowd and climb into his beat-up old Trans Am. I was sixteen and gloriously alive for the first time. When I felt his hand cover my leg and move upward, it was over. I was his. Forever.

Until I left. Him, my mom, and the trailer park. Without so much as a goodbye.

Now Dean's back, crashing uninvited into my carefully cultivated, neat little lawyerly life. Eight years behind bars have turned him rougher and bigger—and more sexually demanding than any man I've ever met. I can't deny him anything…and that just might end up costing me everything.

101,800 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426899621
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Series: Time Served
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,307
File size: 374 KB

About the Author

Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills--or terrifies--her as much as the blank page. She writes sizzling stories with strong characters, serious conflict, and lots of making up. For news on upcoming releases, behind the scenes insight, giveaways & more, sign up for her free newsletter at juliannakeyes.com/newsletter.html.

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Time Served 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First sex scene turned me off, stopped reading but was curious so picked it back up, glad I did. Would recommend. I wish B&N would put a line limit on all the reviews so readers don't repeat the whole book!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story made me mad, made nd smile, made me want to hit something again..LOL This is my first time writing a review. I'm lazy people...so this should give you an idea how great i thought this story was. Very steamy as well. I'll definitely be reading more of her!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for flowers and chocolates and tender declarations of love, you're not going to find that here. What you will find is a gritty, compelling story, that of Rachel and Dean as they reconnect after 10 years apart. During the 10 years since Rachel left her trailer park home and her boyfriend like a thief in the night, she's become a relatively successful lawyer and is on track to a promotion as she investigates a class action suit against a company whose workers were poisoned. On the other hand, Dean spent most of that time in jail for armed robbery, only in the last 2 years being on the road to respectability again at his warehouse job and using his meaty fists to workout his stress in a boxing arena. They were never meant to meet up again - but they do, and just like when they were teenagers, they can't keep their hands off each other. But what will be the cost to them both? There were parts of this story that I really liked and some that were somewhat disappointing. I thought the legal case aspect and Rachel's job started out really well and was very interesting, but then it kind of fizzled out for me and didn't really end up where I thought it would. I didn't feel like there was a lot of 'romance' in the story either. What there is though, is a definite sexual chemistry and connection between Rachel and Dean and the sex scenes between them are super hot. Lots of rough sex happening here, fully consensual and really emphasizing that even if they don't like each other very much to start (and for much of the story), they still have a connection. I liked their scenes together, gritty and emotional as they are. Both characters had some good parts to them, and show a lot of flaws. There is no denying that Dean is an ass, acts like a jerk for the majority of the story, and truthfully isn't fully redeemed by the end either. And I'm okay with that, because after 8 years in prison, I'd find it hard to believe that he'd become a softhearted romantic man just because Rachel is in his life again. I felt like that was very true to his character. And despite his antagonistic ways, Rachel knows that she gets to him, as he gets to her. Rachel's character was interesting too, as a woman who has pulled herself up by her bootstraps and made something of herself. Giving in to Dean's sexual demands seems like a step down for her, though it's easy to see why she can't resist him. The sexual connection is all they have to start with besides some good and some painful teenage memories. It takes much of the story to establish a more meaningful and positive emotional connection, and even that is pretty rocky. But they get their happy ending, one they both deserve, one that shows there is still a lot of work ahead to build the trust again between them but that they are both willing to put in the effort. I really liked the secondary characters in this story too, ones that added scenes of friendship and scenes of tension into the mix. They definitely rounded out the story well. Truthfully, I had a hard time putting this story down once I started it, and overall I found it to be an entertaining and compelling read. 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't take the time to review very often but this book was fabulous.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Rachel was sixteen when she left the boy she loved, her mom and her trailer park existence. They run into each other years later and now she is an attorney and Dean spent eight years behind bars. The chemistry they had before is there and the sex is hot. I enjoyed the premise of the story and the intensity of the two characters. I was hooked from beginning to end. Excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The legal proceedings had more spark than anything that happened between the hero/heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books, I feel so connected to the characters and it can get steamy. I've read all her books and I never seem able to put them down. You will not be disappointed in this purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing. One that I'd read again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Keyes' writing. She is new to me and I can't be inside everyone's head. Great read and loved this couple's story.
Romance_girl More than 1 year ago
draws you in and keeps you wanting more. The emotions run high with these characters and you can feel for both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy and heartbreaking.... makes for a perfect romance novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. HOT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The characters were real, flawed but engaging. It moved at a good pace, had good secondary characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting subplots and supporting chacacters. Emotional story between main characters: regret, revenge, love, passion. Hard to put down. Will read more from this author.
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Great story
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Loved the story & Dean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending, I actually cried!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant spell. It was prety good for a love story witha gye and a girl. Me i prefer both ti be girls. I have a girlfriend. 4stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story of old love rekindled and burning hot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and a page turner. I lived it!