Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
Series: The Academy
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Charlie Burns and Ever Carmichael’s relationship starts off steamy enough. Ever just wants casual sex with a man. Charlie fits the bill since he has a strict no-commitment mentality. The two agree and they light up the sheets. Eventually, Ever realizes she needs to explore and meet other men.
Charlie is a bit perturbed that Ever has decided to date other men. They had a good thing and he can’t believe she would mess it up. He sets out to mess up her dating life. He should be the only man in her life.
I was amused that Charlie is described as a commitment-phobe but he immediately dislikes the fact that Ever is dating other people. He doesn’t even know how to label the emotions coursing through him at times. Obviously, he cares more than he lets on. He is almost border-line stalkerish. There is this insta-lust/love factor that plays strongly in the story.
It was hard for me to relate to these characters because they both act so young. Charlie is the annoying ladies man who has something to prove. Ever is focused on her career as a caterer but is scared of relationships, meanwhile she decides to date other men. Every single secondary character had some issue.
The sexual chemistry in this book is off the charts. Ms. Bailey knows how to heat up the pages. The author throws in a bit of angst to shake things up and things get a bit mushy. Overall, this is still a humorous and cute romance.
This is my first book by the author and I hope to get a chance to read another one. There are plenty of characters to build a series from.