Did I kick my husband out of the room and devour this baby in one sitting? You bet I did! Engrossing from the first page, the writing draws you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a slow, delicious burn with chemistry that sparks into intimacy that has such incredible depth. The story unravels one scene at a time with an immersive, mysterious feel, leaving the reader in the dark about certain elements until the perfect moment. And while there are plenty of light, sometimes comedic, scenes, the touches of emotion throughout have the impact of a punch to the gut. I loved it from start to finish, and even a slightly disjointed ending did not lessen the impact. This author has long been a favorite of mine, and this book is the perfect example of why.
The story follows Jordan and Riley, two broken people whose lives are forever changed by a chance encounter. While they couldn’t be more different on the outside, they’re both hurting in their own way (yes, lots of triggers). After their initial meeting, Jordan offers Riley an unconventional job, and that sets them on a path that neither one expected. Riley is the brightness that Jordan needed to liven up his life, and Jordan is the stability that Riley needed in hers. Their connection is unexpected but not unappreciated, and it gets deeper with every day. If that sounds like a vague description, that’s because I strongly recommend you go into this one blind. It’s the kind of story that you’ll want to discover as it goes, and that’s all part of the appeal.
This gave me major Wrecking Ball vibes, and that is a very, very good thing. Jordan is the kind of hero that will take a little while to grow on you, but he will absolutely steal your heart by the end. I loved the vibrancy of Riley and how well she complements Jordan’s emotionless persona. The two together have such great chemistry, and I loved all of the little bantery moments between them. It’s the kind of slow burn that requires some patience, developing just a bit at a time, but so worth the wait. This author’s writing style is devourable, and the story flies by before you know it. Yes, the ending faltered for me just a little. I expected a different conflict, and it felt more abrupt than I would’ve liked. But that doesn’t even begin to diminish the love that I have for the rest of the story, which EASILY held my interest from the first page. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming, light and emotional all at once. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this slow burn romance.
There’s more than one way to save a life…
Riley James has everything to live for, a business to grow, goals to achieve. After everything she’s overcome, there’s no way she’s going to let anyone get in the way of her hopes and dreams. Not even a handsome businessman who makes her a crazy offer she would be even crazier to refuse.
Jordan West has everything a man could want. And yet it all feels so meaningless. But when tragedy strikes and he’s entrusted with the care of a two-year-old toddler, life doesn’t seem so meaningless anymore. Jordan West suddenly has everything to live for. Problem is…how does he hold on to that feeling?
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Haven’t tried P. Dangelico yet? That’s crazy!
P. Dangelico is one of my very favorite authors, the kind that I clear out my schedule and binge whenever she has a new release. That love was cemented when I read Wrecking Ball, the first book in her Hard to Love series. I would actually consider How to Save a Life to be an honorary Hard to Love member, because the vibes are very similar. They’re both the kind of slow burns that develop just a little at a time, and feature heroes who are, ahem, hard to love until you get to know them better. If you haven’t read Wrecking Ball yet, I highly recommend you do so – before or after How to Save a Life, it doesn’t matter.
Cam DeSantis’ life is a mess.
How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once?
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted New York Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew.
Now all she has to do is find a way to ignore him for the next three months.
Which is harder said than done.
Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women.
Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um.
What he needs to do is focus on winning another Super Bowl before he retires.
Problem is, the woman living in his house is a major distraction.
And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.
About the Author:
Paola Dangelico loves romance in all forms, pulp fiction, the NY Jets, and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse poop). She was born in Milan, Italy, grew up in New Jersey watching her father paint the covers of bestselling romance authors like Danielle Steel and Amanda Quick, and after a long stint on the left coast, she returned to the right coast to write about finding love in a modern world. Presently, she resides in New Jersey with her fur family.
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