A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.
Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut — a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?
Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck — but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.
I‘ve now read several books by Kelly Jamieson, and she hasn’t disappointed me yet 🙂 . This book is told in dual POV, third person, and while third person is not my favorite thing in romance books, Kelly Jamieson does a great work with it, and she manages to give unique voices to her characters.
I really liked Carrie and Marco, and I loved how they were so similar in some ways. They valued the same things, they both wanted to be valued by the people they loved the most, and they wanted to feel like they belonged. I really liked that they started out as sort of enemies, but they dropped that pretense pretty easily and admit their attraction.
The romance evolves pretty slowly, even with the strong attraction between them. But they take their time to know each other better, and they spend a lot of time with each other, talking, having fun, being with family. I really liked how ingrained they were in each other’s lives. I also really liked the character development in this book. Both character grow a lot, and they make each other better.
Cátia mentioned this, and I agree 100%, that I love how involved and important friends and family are in this book.
Either way, this ended up being a super great read and it made me want to pick up the first book in the series ASAP.