Hard (Chicago Underground #2) by: Skye Warren

What Colin doesn’t know can’t hurt him.

At least that’s what I tell myself about the secrets I keep. I don’t have a choice, not if I want to keep my daughter safe. And keep him Colin safe too. There are enemies in the shadows waiting to strike from all sides. I’m holding them out with my bare hands, but it’s hard not to get crushed in the process.

And the truth has a way of coming out.

If I’m not careful, the past I’ve been working so hard to hide, the pain I’ve been fighting so long to outrun, will wipe out the man I love.

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Man what another good book by Skye. Still ends in a type of Cliffhanger but at least the next book it already out.

In this book Allie is moved in and things seem to be going pretty good. She is confronted with two police officers asking about Colin and some of the dealings he may be involved with. She does not give them anything. Later she is confronted by the mean cop and he blackmailed her to get information from Phillip (Colin’s brother). Then he gropes her. That brings back memories of a time when Shelly took her to the hospital after she had been raped. She was raped by a cop in the hospital room that night.

Colin seems worried about her but she does not tell him what happened. She has told him about being raped after Colin confronts her asking why Andrew (the father of Bailey) was apologizing before he even tried to punch him. She told him what had happened but not all of it.

She is falling in love with Colin and so scared that she is going to lose him. She has nowhere else to go but she doesn’t want to, she is starting to like the little family that they are making together.

She had a bad night one night and asked Colin to hurt her and the next morning he couldn’t even look at her, because even though he didn’t hit her, her face was bruised because of the floor and Colin didn’t want to hurt her at all.

She was confronted by Rick (her old boss) and he tells her that Colin paid off all of his gambling debts in order for him to leave and shut down his bakery so Allie would be dependent on him for everything. She was a little upset over that but let it go.

She met with Andrew and asked him to leave them alone. He agreed to sign the paperwork and leave, but asked if he could still send money to help with Bailey. She agreed. She told Colin about it but he was drunk and didn’t remember her telling him. The next morning he called to tell her what had happened and they took Bailey to the zoo to celebrate.

They went to Phillip’s to dinner and she got Shelly to help her sneak into his study to try and get some information on up coming shipments. She didn’t know if she was going to give the information to the police or not but she would have leverage any case. She got the information and went back to the group. Later Bailey needed a diaper change and she went back into the study because some things were bugging her.

She found out that Colin paid Rick off the week after they had met. And she also found out that Phillip had hired the guy that was rough with her to do something to her. She didn’t think Colin knew but she still could not help but ask if he knew that guy was targeting her. He didn’t. She could not tell him about what she found out because that would show Colin that she was snooping. She didn’t know why Phillip was like this to her but she knew one thing. She needed to get Phillip and the cops going at each other and her and Colin out of it. How she will do this she has no idea but she will try.

 

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