My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Cont. Romance
Series: – First in the series
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5)
I loved this story. Truly truly loved it. In fact I was upset when it finished in way I am usually only upset with a KA book since I have finished it when I was enjoying it so much, and am left not wanting to start another book as it cannot be as fun.
I found it a very engaging read, and was very much relationship driven.
There were no misunderstandings, no awful ex’s making an appearance or anything. And I liked how the hero, he was the one all for a relationship and confident in what they could be (despite a horrible childhood) and it was the heroine thinking she was not good enough and with the emotional hang ups.
And we got to about 16% before they even met, but it did not feel like I was waiting for the story to start. Instead I was enjoying the anticipation of how and when they would meet, while thoroughly enjoying myself experiencing the relationship between the heroine and her sister, and the hero and all his family.
And for those who have read my reviews before, more often than not, I have no strong feelings either way for the heroine, she is just there, more of a Mary Sue, or annoying in a whiny crying way, or so perfect every bloke she meets is enraptured by the promise of her magic vagina! I am all about the hero.
I ADORED the heroine in this book. She was funny, a touch bad tempered at times, could be a little Grouchy, strong in some ways, while hiding a vulnerability. She was a great heroine, I loved her.
And the hero was equally as engaging. He was all in, he knew what he wanted and he had an awesome family! Some of the best moments in the book were when we spent time with his family.
He was a fire-fighter and could be an alpha and demanding, but at times was willing to make himself vulnerable to get through to the heroine and he had his cute moments One of my favourite moments being him watching The Lion King the first time.
“Wait. Did the asshole lion uncle seriously just kill his brother? He’s actually dead, not just faking?” Caleb said in disbelief, his beer bottle frozen halfway to his lips, a horrified expression on his face. “I thought this was a kids movie?”
“I was eight when it came out, babe. I didn’t have the same childhood experiences as most other eight year olds….. Fuck off Scar! You know he’s not responsible. Don’t run away kid! Don’t do it! You’re a mother fucking bastard Scar.” Caleb yelled at the television.
I bit back a smile as Niki got up from her chair and came to sit on the other side of Caleb, rubbed his shoulder comfortingly and offered him her tub of ice-cream.
He put down his beer and accepted the ice-cream and a spoon.
As he kept yelling at the movie, she started consoling him with promises things got better for Simba.
For a first book by an author I was really impressed and cannot wait for the rest of the series, Caleb has some VERY interesting brothers, and a Russian Fire-fighter friend!!!
If I had any niggles, maybe it was because there are A LOT of ppl introduced in this book, Caleb does have a big family, but then we had his team introduced with a little intro on them too, but then this is the first book in a series, that will continue on with these characters. And in all honesty I did manage to keep track of who was who, as they were introduced at appropriate times. And I do not feel like I got a true description of the heroine’s appearance other than the basics.
Editing wise, if you saw my updates as I was reading, there were some very minor issues, of wrong words used, or missed, only very minor. I was sent a re edited copy after I had read it, and checked the couple of pages that I could remember had issues, and they were still present in the edited version. However, as I say, only very minor, and in no way affected my enjoyment of the book. All in a very enjoyable, funny, engaging, solid strong first book by his author and hopefully it will continue on as the series goes on.
It was so close to a 5 stars, I really enjoyed the story loved the hero and heroine and I finished with a lovely big happy sigh. What more can you want really.
Now, I need a Nate book, the sexy grumpy, not at all talkative oldest brother!!!! Yes please!