Contemporary Romance, Category Romance
Ebook $0.99 (75 pages, BRAZEN)
He’s always wanted her. Now’s his chance to claim what’s his.
School teacher Marceline Bellini gave up everything—men, sex, anything resembling a social life—to raise her young daughter. To be the perfect parent. But when she attends an engagement party in her standard stick-in-the-mud mode, her friends begin plying Marcy with shots. Just enough to convince her that a little fun doesn't sound like a bad idea... and having some naughty fun is an even better one.
Like finding herself deliciously pressed against a dark alley wall by the very familiar and very hot body of her best friend's older brother.
After years of waiting in painful silence, police officer Aaron Robinson finally has Marcy’s attention. And man, does he have it. But nothing could have prepared either of them for the rush of fiery lust between them. So he’ll just have to convince Marcy he’s for real. And that a rainy, lust-fuelled romp is the first step to a lifetime of completely imperfect happiness…Author Site: website
A Sexy Read-in-One-Sitting Romp (3 stars)
Man, I hate giving an author I usually like a less-than-stellar review but it happens sometimes that I don't like it, no matter how awesomesauce the writer (and the work for that matter) is.
HIS TO KEEP has all the elements I'd want in the bones of a good story, a hot hero, a heroine that I like, great sexual chemistry, and a setting with secondary characters that round it out. But my problem was just that, HTK was sexy—Robert has made closets my favorite get-busy spot thanks to her books—but really spare otherwise. At novella length I felt like there was plenty of steamy connection between the characters but I never really felt like enough background was established to make an emotional relationship feel authentic.
Aaron just wasn't fleshed out much as a character beyond his job and his crush on Marcy. I felt like I didn't know him enough to root for him as Marcy's hero. In contrast, I really liked Marcy. I have a soft spot for single parent heroines and heroes because I understand the extra element of conflict that adds to any romantic relationship these characters get involved in. I really, really wanted to enjoy HTK beyond the love scenes but as a whole I couldn't in honesty give it more than a 'just okay' rating.
If you're more interested in the physical chemistry of the characters let me tell you... these two combust and it is gooooood. But if you want an equal emotional connection to result you may not feel it with this story. I wouldn't go so far as to say skip it, just go in knowing it's short and sexy more than sweet and sexy.
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Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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