Steering clear of relationships has never been difficult for demolitions expert Cole Bowen, but now, with his brother’s engagement sending the female population into full-blown hysterics and the town of Alden’s month-long festivities helping along, he finds himself in hell. When he discovers Alden’s new resident and the object of all his wet dreams, Christine Sheridan, has sworn off relationships and is going to hire a gigolo to get professionally laid, he decides to kill two birds with one stone.
Christy is so not drinking again. Thanks to José Cuervo she has her friends signing her up for stud conventions and Cole frigging Bowen offering sex in exchange of fake dates, which is so out of the question it isn’t even funny. She knows the domineering man will push her boundaries, and after battling all her life with self-esteem issues, she isn’t ready for that. Too bad he won’t take no for an answer.
Cole is determined to strip away all of her defenses but refuses to lower his ever-present walls, so when Christy realizes she wants more, she’s left with only two options; walk away or crack his shield and risk her heart in the process.
Gah, this was a fantastic read! What a real, raw storyline. Strong, realistic, emotional.
Loved both Cole and Christy! Cole is just gorgeous and his vulnerability adds to that, and Christy isn’t a supermodel thin perfect Goddess, she’s a real woman with real hang ups, making her impossible not to love and empathise with.
“You know it’s within everyone’s own reach to get what they want out of live. It’s just a matter of attitude and positive affirmations.”
Touching upon obesity, overeating and addiction, not to mention the addition of the trauma experienced by a soldier and an abandoned child, was brave and sensitive to say the least… but Aycart did a sterling job, tackling some seriously difficult issues, issues that so many women will be able to relate to.
As for steam… Hot hot hot. Well written, abundant and racy sex scenes. Also intensely emotional in places.
“I want the right to spend time with you, not only fuck you. I want the right to stay for breakfast. And I want you bareback.”
“Ah so this all boils down to sex.”
“Everything boils down to sex, honey. Always. My drive to fuck you is huge, don’t be mistaken, but this is more.”
He nodded but didn’t reply.
There were two instances when I wanted to scream at Cole and Christy, but no complete heart attacks in this book. And the ending was happy happy happy! 🙂
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