Published On: June 21, 2016
Maturity Level: New Adult - sexual content and mature content
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Microbiology student Jess Devereaux is a girl with a plan — shake loose from her stalker ex, gain independence from her over-controlling family and, most important for her immediate happiness, seduce her sexy shooting instructor into the wild, no-strings-attached fling she’s been dreaming of.
Gun-club owner Declan Cavanagh is a guy with a plan — do whatever it takes to gain custody of his young half-brother from his violent stepfather, even if it means making cash fast in the bloody cage matches he thought he’d left behind. And he’s been doing some dreaming of his own about sweet, smart, sultry Jess.
When Jess finds herself in danger, Declan decides what she really needs is a bodyguard. Jess is determined to put aside her seduction plan and treat him like the professional he is. Which is not what Declan wants at all.
I obviously love everything Kelley Armstrong writes but this book only made me love her even more. I knew she was great at writing romance (and she did warn us that this book was a lot steamier than everything she’s written so far) but this went above and beyond. I loved the romance in this book. I thought it was cute but also incredibly steamy, which I didn’t mind at all. I don’t often read romance books but I couldn’t help loving this one.
I thought the characters were well developed for a novel this short. We knew enough about them to form a connection with them and I was shipping the romance pretty hard. I loved Declan as a love interest! I loved how hard he was working to come up with some extra money to help his brother. I also loved that while he seemed like a violent guy, he didn’t enjoy doing what he had to do to get this money. I also thought it was adorable how both Declan and Jess thought they wouldn’t get anywhere with each other. It was a fun romance to read about that’s for sure.
The best part of this book is that it’s not just a romance. There’s a little bit of a thriller in there too which is what really kept me interested while I was reading. I thought that the mix of thriller and romance was done very well which I find Kelley is always good at doing.
My one and only minor complaint was that this book wasn’t long enough! I could have used a lot more pages but it was still good for the length that it was. I’m hoping Kelley writes similar books in the future.
I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a steamy new adult book this summer! It was a great way to kick off my summer reading and the only bad thing about it was that it’s going to be hard for other books to come up to this level. I highly recommend this book!
This book is easily one of the better contemporaries I’ve read. It full of romance but has enough action to keep my attention the whole way through.