Copy received via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Contemporary Suspense Romance
Series: – 1st in the series
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 4
I really enjoyed this.
It opens with Conlan in a coffee shop hoping for a glimpse of the girl he likes (although has no intention of approaching), after he has not seen her for 2 months.
Jess is recovering from a horrific attack from her ex boyfriend, who has powerful connections and an iron clad alibi for the night of the attack, and as such, Jess is feeling very vulnerable as nothing can be done.
When her ex approaches her outside the coffee shop, Conlan steps in and saves her and then, recognising the situation, offers her the help of his company, that specialises in offering self defence and security for women in Jess’ situation.
Conlan is determined to not act upon his feelings for Jess, due to her situation and his own history and demons.
I really liked both Conlan and Jess. They both had demons to fight, Conlan on an emotional side, and Jess, with a truly terrible ex. Think more Criminal Minds than just an abusive ex.
In a way, Jess was braver than Conlan, willing to move on and try for a relationship, despite her history, and wanting to learn to fight back and take back control of her own life.
But, I adored them together and Conlan would have given anything for Jess, even before he even truly realised his own feelings himself.
The build up to the final showdown with the ex was perfectly tense and nerve-racking. It had me feeling nervous and unable to put the book down, and hurting for Jess and Conlan and what was to come.
All in, a hugely enjoyable 4 stars and I hope Jack gets a book.
But why not a 5? Well, I have to admit to being a bit eye rolley when Jess turned out to be a virgin, but I could see why the author made it so, I just did not expect her to be so, and it was added as a fact rather suddenly and unexpectedly. Also, the plot line of some sort of elite security, offering protection, then ofc, the villain getting the drop on them unexpectedly is a bit obvious and over used.
Amazon Uk Link: Teach Me (Southern Nights Series Book 1)