[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…[/quote]
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: I am a KA Tucker lifer now. And as far as New Adult Contemporary stories go, this is a top favorite of mine. The characters are relatable and smart and witty, and the stories are well-written and compelling with enough truth to keep you intrigued, but enough fiction to give you the escape you might want when reading. Of all the characters, I was most excited to read Ben’s book, and thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I do think it’s probably the best. While each book has gotten stronger and I’ve loved the characters more than the last, they all had their strengths as to why I loved them, but this one just took the cake. I think the writing is even better, and really, I connected the most with Ben and Reese, so I’d say that helped.
Reese, with her purple hair (I had purple hair for the last six years) and her dry sense of humor, was someone I could 100% relate to. She does what she wants, unapologetically, and sometimes it gets her in trouble. I do think she means well, but she was raised by this dragon of a woman, who is so unlike her it’s ridiculous.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Why does no one fucking smoke anymore?”
“Because it’s highly uncool. Plus I already have a black heart. Black lungs would just be overkill.”[/quote]
Reese meets Ben while in Cancun on vacation; he’s there celebrating his graduation from law school. Their one-night stand goes awry when Reese vomits all over him in her most drunken state. She’s able to escape the hotel room knowing she’ll never see him again. She’s already licking her wounds from a short, failed marriage, in which she walked in on her husband in the shower with his ex-girlfriend. Then her one chance at “exorcising” Jared’s demons from her life, she pukes on the guy.
But then she does see him Ben again. When he starts working at her stepfather’s (I love Jack and the way he cares for Reese.) law firm in Miami. Where she also works. Where there’s a strict policy against inter-office relationships.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I lie to get pretty girls to do things. Haven’t you figured that out yet?”[/quote]
Ben, as boisterous and hilarious as ever, definitely gives Reese a run for her money. His good friend, Mason, helped hook him up with this job. Mason is also Reese’s stepsister, and really, he can’t stand her. Where he’s a neat freak, she’s a complete mess. He’s
tame boring, and she’s a wild child. They couldn’t be more opposite, and the fact that Jack (his dad) is so enamored with her, and willing to help her out, drives him nuts.
But back to Ben. He and Reese start spending time together. She helps him keep Mercy (stripper from Penny’s) at bay, and he helps her make her ex, Jared, jealous. Over time, though, those feelings become more, as you can imagine. But they can’t cross those lines. One, because neither wants a relationship. Both jaded from past BS, they are running from commitment, but also, they work together. And that’s an extreme no-no in Jack’s book. Can they keep this just between friends, while still getting something out of it? Their sexual tension was overflowing, and the couple of near hookups they had were hot. But something always got in the way–stopping them. And while Ben makes it no secret that he wants to hook up with Reese, he’s also very verbal about her not falling in love with him.
After a few trips back to his family’s orange orchard, secrets are uncovered, and feelings are growing stronger. They’re there for one another when lots of shit hits the fan, but for two people fighting love, there can be great misunderstandings. What I liked, though, about this story, was that Tucker didn’t take the predictable route. Where it came to Reese and her ex, I thought it would go one way, and it didn’t. And I like that.
There was a lot of hype for this book–especially in my own head. And thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. At all. I’m just sad to see this series end. I’m looking forward to September for the novella … but then … sad. This is definitely a must-read series for me. It’s emotionally charged, but also sexy and funny. You get a little (sometimes a lot) of everything.
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.WEBSITE | BLOG | ATRIA | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | PINTEREST
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