What Hurts the Most by Willow Rose is the first novel in a “7th Street Crew” series. The Crew is a set of characters from the past which has come together in the present to solve a mystery involving one or more of them. Early on we meet Blake Mills, an appealing free-lance artist, a bit of a rogue and a bit stupid. Doing whatever one wants as one bounces carelessly through life is appealing to a reader such as myself but having a girlfriend who is married to a general, a power in the local community with hints of connections to a dark force is stupid. Something will go wrong and that central thing forms the theme of this novel. Blake is arrested early in the novel for a crime that we readers suspect he probably did not commit. It might be a revenge thing and a frame constructed by the evil general.