Honestly? I wasn’t all that excited to read this book, because while I’ve enjoyed the series a lot, I just don’t like this hero. Manwhore heroes can be tough for me, and even the heroine describes Tibbs as “gross” because of his “ho parade.” Yes, those are actual quotes from the heroine. It’s one thing to know that a hero is a player and it’s another to have seen him in action for several books prior to the start of this one, that’s all I’m saying. But you know what? I actually enjoyed a whole lot of this, definitely more than I expected to. These two have some serious chemistry, and their banter was spot-on. Gephart consistently writes great comedy, with love stories that are nontraditional, and often unexpected. So, while there were things that bugged me about this romance, it ended up being a pretty solid read.
The story follows Justin Tibbs, the over the top player that we met in previous books. As a firefighter, he’s used to women being drawn to him, and now that all of his friends are coupled up, there are more girls for him. But when he runs into his cop friend, Tessa, out of uniform, she becomes his sole focus. They’ve always been friendly with each other (like she’s one of the guys), but Tibbs has never been attracted to Tessa – until now. And though Tessa is attracted to Tibbs, she has no interest in being the next in his steady stream of one night stands. But their chemistry is impossible to ignore, and sooner or later, one of them is going to break.
I really wasn’t enjoying this at the start, because Justin’s past was brought up frequently, and I didn’t love how Tessa was depicted. But that shifted somewhere along the way, and then I was rooting for these two. I loved Justin’s unwavering honesty, and the fact that these two already know so much about each other going in. And I also love how strong Tessa is. If there’s a woman who can handle Justin, it’s her. So it was easy to see them together and root for that happily ever after. The playfulness was great, and it’s got some very sexy scenes. I’m not personally a fan of the conflict at the end, but it was handled well, and really shouldn’t have been all that surprising. It definitely took some time to process my feelings about it, and I still don’t like it. That being said, I enjoyed a significant amount of this love story and probably would’ve liked even more if not for my bias about the hero. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light and sexy romance.
Justin Tibbs— Bailing and heading to Tessa’s apartment. If you don’t hear from me in twenty-four hours, she’s probably killed and tossed me in the Hudson. Tell everyone it was a good way to go, and I’m not even sorry. Enjoy the rest of your night, I know I sure will be.
Jared Leighton – Tibbs, do NOT screw around. She is NYPD and a friend, have you completely lost your mind?
Justin Tibbs —Sorry, brother, I need to see this through. I haven’t been this intrigued by a woman in a very long time. Worth dying over. Been nice knowing you.
Jared Leighton— Tibbs, come back to the bar before it’s too late.
Jared Leighton— Jesus Christ.
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T Gephart is a USA Today and International bestselling author from Melbourne, Australia.
With an approach to life that is somewhat unconventional, she prefers to fly by the seat of her pants rather than adhere to some rigid roadmap. Her lack of “plan” has resulted in a rather interesting and eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history. She’d tell you all about it, but the statute of limitations hasn’t expired yet. But all those crazy twists and turns have led her to a career she loves–writing romantic comedy.
When she isn’t filling pages with sassy and sexy characters with attitude, she’s living her own reality show in the ‘burbs of Melbourne with her American husband, two teenage children, and her fur child–Woodley.
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