I received this book for free from Author, NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Romance
The most beautiful man I've ever seen is the one who can ruin everything...
The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.
And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.
I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful -- pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.
But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.
And it works--if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can't afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.
Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo...
This book started off a little slow but there was enough tension between Clare and Callan that I didn’t mind the longer build-up. I actually appreciate a good slow-burning romance and the fact that the authors took the time to develop their characters and their story.
The premise of the book was not like anything I remember reading before. The way that Callan and Clare were sort of thrown into working with each other to inventory Jack’s estate was what made it so unique. Learning more about who the real Callan is throughout the process made it very easy to fall in love with him. I really appreciate that there wasn’t a ton of time spent discussing his prior behavior with the opposite sex. I hate when authors beat us over the head with their characters sexual history.
The relationship between Clare and her sister, Olivia added an extra demension to the story that showcased Clare’s strength and determination and her need to be professional and avoid Callan’s charm.
Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without the villian, also known as Victoria aka Callan’s mother. She was an awful human being and as much as I hate her, I feel like this isn’t the last we’ll see of her and perhaps there might even be another side to her as well.
This was a refreshing story of two people who were much more than meets the eye and their journey to peel back each other’s layers and discover what lies beneath. Watching them push each other’s boundaries and allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to let each other in made for a heartwarming read.
I can’t wait to see what’s to come from this series collaboration between two authors who I thoroughly enjoy reading separately as much as I enjoyed reading them together.
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.
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