Author: KJ Bell
Source: ARC provided by the author for exchange for an honest review.
Summary:Aidan Hunter lost the only girl he ever loved to his older brother. To numb his pain, he drinks in excess, parties too hard, and sleeps with countless women. When his family expresses concern, he does what he's been taught to do—fake it and pretend his life is perfect. Pretend he loves his new girl and pretend his heart isn’t broken.
Maria Santiago is simply trying to survive each day until she finishes college. As a single mother, life is a constant struggle. Add running from a dangerous past and working in the oldest profession, and all she has is hope for a better life. Hope one day she will no longer feel shame and hope her past never catches up with her.
After Aidan pays to spend one wild night with Maria, pretending to be unaffected by her is impossible. Their night comes to an explosive end and Maria hopes she never sees him again, but Aidan refuses to give up. As Maria begins to accept that Aidan’s feelings for her are genuine, someone from her past threatens her life. Aidan’s not intimidated and takes a huge risk to protect her.
Will the risk pay off and allow Aidan the opportunity to provide Maria with the better life she’s been hoping for?
FLIRTY REVIEW: THREE LIP BITES
Plus, there was this whole backstory with Tori and Tug's brother Brady that, although was briefly explained, I just didn't feel for Tug or their situation because it was now obvious it was written out better in the other series. I wanted to see more of what the love story was with Tug and Tori in order to understand how broken Tug was now and how Maria would ultimately fix him. I just didn't get that strong connection with that subplot.
I also had trouble really liking Tug in the beginning. Especially when he leave Maria to take Larissa home and he lets her play tonsil hockey with is twig and berries. How is the reader supposed to like Tug if he's pulling the same old asshole thing that we can get from the assholes in real life. He's supposed to be our fiction release from the dicksheads we as women encounter everyday. But, meh. I never really loved him after that. He was good with Maria but he lost that appeal I wanted to establish from the beginning. He was a good uncle to Drew and friend to Javier. Tug did show a good sensitive side with them.
The ending, well, I won't give anything away but it's a cliffie. If that doesn't bother you, this book would be a good read. I would recommend that you read the other series first so that you wouldn't feel like a fish out of water with these characters like I did. The author did a nice job writing, although there were times that I felt the characters were immature. It seemed to me that they author wanted to throw in a bit of sassiness and snark that really didn't match the tone of the story. Which isn't bad, but I didn't feel it matched well in this book.
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