Super cute and low angst, this was a welcome change from the last book in this series. I loved the uncomplicated storyline, and the banter between these two was great. I was initially loving the vibe between them, but the TWIST threw everything off-balance, and not really in a good way. It’s difficult to critique the book without giving away spoilers, but the twist was completely unexpected… and it sort of smothered all of the chemistry for me. These two have great FRIEND chemistry and it’s easy to see the instalove on our hero’s part, but… I can’t say that I really felt it myself. It’s more of a relationship that develops because of circumstances, rather than one that’s allowed to come about naturally.
The story follows Boone and Jaxi, two strangers who meet when Jaxi accidentally breaks into the wrong house. Jaxi intended to let herself into the home she’s staying in temporarily, but wound up at the neighbor’s instead. The playboy and the hot mess hit it off right away, and it seems like they might just be heading for a quick and sexy fling when fate intervenes. Suddenly, all of Jaxi’s plans have changed, and she needs a place to stay for awhile. And that place? Is with Boone. It’s more of a commitment than he’s ever made to a woman before, but something about Jaxi feels right.
While I typically love this author’s work, this series hasn’t quite been hitting the mark for me. I liked this one A LOT more than Reputation, but it’s not one of my favorites from the author. Jaxi and Boone were really cute together and I loved the bond they formed, but things escalate very quickly. They didn’t always feel like they were on equal footing (they weren’t), and the speed at which things fall into place for them didn’t help that. I’d also love to read about a Mason who ISN’T a playboy and hasn’t been sleeping around in the days/weeks before meeting their heroine, but that’s just me. Regardless, this is a light, sweet, slow burn romance, and I enjoyed quite a bit of it.
“How did you get in here?”
That’s not what you want to hear when you’re staring into the sea-green eyes of the hottest man you’ve ever seen. Yet I suppose it’s a fair question, considering I’m an uninvited stranger standing in Boone Mason’s kitchen.
If you think that’s bad—just wait. It gets worse.
This charming and wealthy playboy, who can’t pay his bills on time or find his way to the grocery store (but we all have flaws, right?), is sweet. Confident. Playful. He’s almost perfect. And, to make matters worse …
He’s smitten with me.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re rolling your eyes. You’re assuming this is some opposites attract situation—or that maybe we can be friends who turn into something more.
How can this be a bad thing?
Well, it’s simple. I’m not the kind of girl you fall in love with. Just to be sure, the universe reminds me of that in an unforgettable, in-your-face kind of way.
I might have broken into Boone’s house, but I won’t let him break my heart. I won’t break his either. There’s too much on the line to be that reckless.
Start the series with Restraint!
Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one night stands.
She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses. Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue.
Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.
Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone.
He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works.
Until it doesn’t.
What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.
They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get shattered.
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USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, four sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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