Okay, so… I would’ve happily rated this 5 stars had the hero been less of a stalker. I went into this fully expecting the hero to be a lovably overprotective alpha because that’s how Aurora Rose Reynolds’ guys are, but Braxton takes that up a notch. If I met him in real life, I would take out a restraining order and not sleep until he was behind bars. He controls every aspect of our heroine’s life, and though it’s all part of the story, it was just way, WAY too much. That being said, I enjoyed pretty much everything else about the book and there was certainly never a dull moment.
The story follows Dakota, a woman who recently moved to a new city following the end of her engagement. When a friend sets her up on a blind date, she’s amazed by how well things go since there’s an immediate connection and enough chemistry to have them sharing a steamy night together. That all changes in the morning when Dakota discovers that the guy in her kitchen is not the guy she was supposed to meet… and he refuses to believe that they’re not meant to be. What follows is Braxton’s relentless, frustratingly overprotective, slightly crazy pursuit of Dakota.
It’s a light, quick, and sexy read that definitely leans towards insta-love. I actually really enjoyed the tone of the book – it flies by and the chemistry was obvious. Fans of Aurora Rose Reynolds probably already know to expect the hero to be over the top and sweetly dominant, but Braxton is all of that times ten. I do appreciate that Dakota calls him out on his behavior (repeatedly), but Braxton is shamelessly unrepentant. I was still considering rating this higher – because a lot of it is very good – but they have too many unresolved issues at the end of the book for me to say that it’s a healthy relationship. If you consider this just to be pure entertainment, you’ll probably like it more (I shouted “WHAT!?!” at my Kindle more times than I can count at Braxton’s behavior, which was a strange sort of fun), but a healthy relationship it is not. I received an ARC via Give Me Books and am voluntarily leaving a review of this frustratingly fun romance.
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Reynolds is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling
author whose wildly popular series include Until, Until Him, Until Her,
Underground Kings and Shooting Stars.
career started in an attempt to get the outrageously alpha men who resided in
her head to leave her alone and has blossomed into an opportunity to share her
stories with readers all over the world.