22yo American heroine is mostly relieved that the taxi ride she shared with a gorgeous and disturbing stranger was finally over.
Only to find out, not only that he is her new roomate’s 30yo brother, but that he owns their lavish apartment and he's a frequent visitor.
She's as cool, brusque, and indifferent with him as she is with others. Unfortunately her constant rejections and put-downs only fire him up and he seems to frequently pop up wherever she is. She eventually gives in to their strong and mutual attraction but makes sure that he's clear that it's only sex.
But with Hero spending time with her as often as he can and tricking her into going on dates and spending the night with him, she finds herself becoming more attached to him. When will she trust him enough to share her traumatic past?
Really enjoyed this book. The writing was smooth and very engaging. Made for a quick read. It was a good mix of humor, sexiness, and angst. It was easy to get wrapped up into the characters and the story. I appreciated how the author skimmed over the salacious details of both Hero & heroine's past yet giving us the general idea of what it was. The focus was on the here and now of their romance.
Loved the heroine in this one. She was a straight-shooter who valued her privacy due to the painful losses she didn't want to deal with. She deliberately acted indifferent & abrupt with others but I never disliked her. We're allowed to see what's underlying her prickly motives and helps us sympathize with her plight. Heroine was truly a caring person but she’s learned that caring could lead to pain. So she guarded herself from any future losses by keeping others at arms’ length. But Hero and her friends were gradually chipping away at her resistances. And we see her affection for them seep through her walls. Her emotional readiness was also a key factor to her growth. She was at a point in her life where she was finally ready to risk living with her emotions again. Having her go see a therapist while taking emotional risks with Hero and her friends was a brilliant idea. It made her major emotional adjustments believable and healthy.
The character development in Hero was also believable. He was a major player--a serial monogamist with a short expiration date. His marriage at 22 soured him on women &, thus, his brief & serial monogamous affairs. Meeting and then getting to know heroine changed his serial status. He became intent on heroine and only her. We see him become more intensely attentive and possessive of her. As strong as she was at resisting caring for others, Hero was equally determined to break down her emotional walls. But in his non-intrusive and understanding way. He understood her need for privacy and gave her the space and time she needed. He was, however, alpha & demanding when it came to her spending time with him and how they spent it together. But he wasn't too pushy. I liked that heroine didn’t let him overpower her. She gave it back as good as he gave—humor, sarcasm, confrontation, and sex. They were a good match in power & control. Very likely HEA(happily ever after).
I also liked the secondary romance between Hero's best friend and his sister. It wasn't intrusive of the main romance and only made the book a more angsty read, especially when Hero's sister had her cancer scare. It was a crucial point that challenged heroine's emotional vulnerabilties and her choice of what she was going to do about it. It was poignant.
I definitely recommend this book.