“It seems I have forgotten my handcuffs.”
“Oh, am I under arrest?”
“What’s the charge?”
“Making me want you. Every minute of every goddamn day.”
OMG. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! Total honesty here, I had this book pegged wrong. Now, that’s probably my fault because I actually didn’t read the blurb before I started the book. I’d read enough K. Bromberg books over the years to know I enjoyed her writing style so when this book came along I just dove right in having only seen the title and cover. Honestly, I kind of expected it to be more of a light hearted storyline (not even sure why) but HOLY FEELS!! Yes, it was hot and sexy and had some great banter but the emotional depth took me by surprise in the best of ways and I absolutely LOVED IT!!! You guys know how much I adore emotional love stories so this has definitely become a new TOP FAVORITE!!
So even though I never read the blurb first, I’m going to share it here to give you an idea of what the story is actually about. Pro tip: reading blurbs actually helps. Who knew?! lol. Kidding. I usually always read them.
“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”
Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.
Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.
But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.
What’s one night of sex going to hurt… right?
I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.
That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.
Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.
I’ll give her the one night she asks for – like that’s a hardship – but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.
Okay. If you love protective heroes — like the kind of man who will risk his life to save others and go far out of his way to ensure the safety of anyone he loves or who needs his help — then you are going to fall head over heals in love with Grant Malone. Like seriously. This guy is like the very definition of an ALPHA PROTECTIVE HERO. Pure swoon material. He’s a hero’s hero and also of course a sexy police officer and he will straight up steal your heart.
The only girl I’ve ever really loved is the only one it seems I’ll ever really want.
I’m more determined than ever to prove it to her.
Her rules don’t matter.
Her past doesn’t matter. It’s her her.
It’s just the now.
And it’s about damn time.
The heroine is strong and feisty. Her past was incredibly traumatic and the scars left over are ones she’s tried to put behind her for years. But seeing Grant again brings everything she’s tried so hard to bury back to the surface and forces her to face truth she’s spent her whole adult life running away from.
“There’s this look she gets in her eyes. It’s like she’s perfectly fine. She’s funny and outgoing and God is she feisty… but every so often, there’s this sadness, this uncertainty that flashes in her eyes, and it fucks me up. I don’t know how to make it go away.”
“You always did want to save people.”
But he’s kind, patient, persistent, and determined not to give up on the only girl who’s ever owned his heart. He understands her pain and wants to help her through it. And he’s willing to wait as long as she needs.
“I saved—“ I saved you once, and I’ll save you again in a goddamn heartbeat without thinking twice.
I’ve said this about a million times so far but for reals, second chance romances are just my favorite types of love stories. I love all the emotions that come with them. I love the depth. The heart-break. The intensity. The healing. The love that lasts throughout the separation. Something about them — no matter how many I read — just gets to me every single time.
She’s always been there in my mind. Sure, it’s been a long ass time since third grade, but in some sort of way, I knew I’d see her again. She isn’t someone I could easily forget.
But this book isn’t all serious, there are some genuinely fun moment too…
“To what do I owe this pleasure? I know I’m a law-abiding citizen, so I’m not in any trouble, unless you like to use those handcuffs for other purposes.” She wiggles her eyebrows.
The woman is hilarious. “A real man never kisses and tells,” I say with a wink.
“But he does spank and flog,” she comes right back without batting an eyelash, making me choke on air.
Oh and also, this is the first standalone in a new series of standalones — each one features one of the brothers of this hero and I can’t wait to read the next ones. You get to meet Grant’s whole family in this book and I promise you’ll fall in love with all of them! This book does have an epilogue though so you can read it fully alone.
This book really took me by surprise in the best of ways. If you’re looking for a well written romance with a strong heroine, a swoony hero, an emotionally charged and sexy love story that’s full of feels, this is definitely the book you should read next!
Rating: 4.5 stars! Contemporary Adult Romance, can standalone