Alright, well, I probably would’ve rated this higher if there had been ANY sort of buildup before our couple got together, lol! There was not. It was all smoldering eyes and “wanna get out of here?” and then a few pages after meeting… that was it. Together. I’m not joking, it was really that quick. Perhaps if their initial encounter had lasted any longer, I would’ve been cool with it, but basically our hero thinks his new real estate agent is hot, and now she’s his – doesn’t really matter if she’s interested or not. Now, this isn’t my first read from ARR, so I was definitely expecting an over the top alpha. And I actually liked Maxim, whenever he decided to speak. There’s something pretty sexy about a man who is so smitten, but when he refuses to leave and makes himself a key to your home (without your knowledge)… there’s a line. Troublesome alphas aside, this reads very quickly and is filled with drama and steam, so it’s easy to devour in one sitting.
The story follows April, a real estate agent whose new client is the man she crushed on in high school. April and Maxim shared one kiss back in the day, and now he’s returned with a bang. One look at April has Maxim smitten, and it’s not long before they’re burning up the sheets. But Maxim burrows into April’s life, and he seems pretty content to stay there. Drama with April’s ex and a killer on the loose send Maxim’s protective instincts into overdrive, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep April safe.
On paper, there’s a lot about this book that worked for me – I do like a protective alpha, and a devoted, loyal one is always great to see. The suspense keeps this moving at a fast page, and there is certainly never a dull moment. Plus, this is steamy throughout, starting off with a bang and staying lusty after that. Did there need to be ex drama AND a killer? Probably not, but it kept things interesting. My only major problem with this is the complete and total lack of a buildup to the relationship. If you think about it, Maxim (a strip club owner) assuming that his new real estate agent will sleep with him within minutes of meeting is kinda skeevy. Having him move in the same day, make himself a key, and decide they’re in a relationship is not much better. But parts of that worked, and if you like an over the top alpha, then he’s actually a sweet one. I just needed more of a connection at the beginning for me to be okay with it. Overall, not a bad read, but not a total win either. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy romance.
With happily ever after being something that happens to other people, April Mayson has decided to put all her energy into her career and living her best life, and things are better than ever.
Little does she know that her world is about to be turned upside down when she’s asked to help out a family friend, Maxim Kauwe.
Now, she’s dealing with a man unlike any she’s ever met before, her ex—a famous musician who’s decided he wants her back—and a possible serial killer.
With all the drama suddenly swirling around her, she will have to figure out if she is brave enough to trust Maxim with her heart and maybe even her life.
About the Author:
Aurora Rose 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.
Her writing 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.
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