There’s some seriously great banter and chemistry in this strangers to lovers romance. It sparks off the page and combusts during the steamy scenes. I love a grumpy hero, and this moody, broody biker definitely qualifies. Ford has spent most of his life avoiding human interaction, so he has no idea what to do with himself when a single mom and her vivacious daughter knock him off his feet. The family moments were great and there’s no denying the physical connection these two share. My only real complaint is that it’s the kind of romance where the love is overshadowed by the lust (more on that in a minute).
The story follows Crawford/Ford, a man who seeks out isolation. He’s happy with his work as a motorcycle mechanic and doesn’t feel like he needs anything more in his life. When he meets single mom Keegan and her adorable daughter, that all changes in the blink of an eye. Keegan throws him off-balance, and the sparks that fly between them are undeniable. Their bickering is a special kind of foreplay, so it’s not long before they’re burning up the sheets. But neither one is looking to put their heart on the line, and that’s a big problem.
I really enjoyed this one – the chemistry is definitely there, and it’s easy to feel the lust. I loved all of the dialogue, which makes this read very quickly. What holds me back from calling this a 5-star read is a distinct lack of the feels; as in, the physical connection was obvious but the emotional one was not. These two have a friends with benefits type relationship for much longer than I would’ve liked, so the warm and fuzzy feelings weren’t really there for me. There’s no denying that the steamy scenes will make you fan yourself (Ford is a VERY intense man, I’ll say that), but I wanted more than that. I also didn’t feel like there was enough groveling at the end. Ford’s actions would’ve been more forgivable if a child had not been involved, but… man, I would not have let him back in that easily. Neither issue made a significant dent in my enjoyment of the book, but they do mean that I can’t call this a 5-star read. Rae’s writing is excellent and showcased in the quick verbal exchanges that jump off the page, so I’m definitely looking forward to more from her in the future. I received an ARC via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy strangers to lovers romance.
LONER by Harloe Rae
Release date: June 11th
“Everyone deserves a chance to be rescued.”
That’s the mantra I’m repeating when a well-equipped biker pulls over to save me. One glance at the scowl Crawford Doxe is wearing proves he isn’t impressed with the task. My efforts to change his mind deflate faster than the shredded tire at our feet. But disgruntled or not, my so-called hero still agrees to fix my flat.
I don’t expect to see Crawford again, but he’s suddenly very visible in our small town. Avoiding him would be my preference. That’s not how this story goes. For whatever reason, my daughter finds an ally in the broody mechanic. Denying her is something I do my best to avoid. I can only hope Crawford’s shine wears off before he tarnishes what little trust still exists.
As if the odds are ever on my side.
Commitments are a foreign concept to him. He doesn’t make any promises to try. That should’ve been enough for me to steer clear. It most certainly isn’t.
What follows can only be described as a disastrous clash of epic proportions.
But one indisputable fact remains. That lone soul has no plans of opening his heart.
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Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.
Harloe is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.
Harloe is the author of the Reclusive series, Watch Me Follow, and #BitterSweetHeat series, Ask Me Why, Breaker, Keeper, and Loner. These titles are available on Amazon.
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