Release Date: Aug 27, 2019
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
If Lauren Layne and Harlequin Presents had a book baby.
This is my first Helena Hunting book and I enjoyed it. Great tension, super sexy interactions between both hero and heroine. More than once did I think the story had Lauren Layne vibes, which for me is a good thing. I love Lauren Layne.
You have the rebellious rich boy… ahem, I mean man, Lincoln Moorhead who has come back to town to help with the family business empire since his father’s death. But Lincoln is a mess and a half, a bit immature thanks to his continuous competition with his younger brother and a boatload of family drama. Wren Sterling is the PR genius that keeps the drama sealed up tight and she has been tasked with making sure Lincoln is CEO-ready from his unkempt man bun and beard to his torn jeans and weird t-shirt attire. These two find an instant attraction troublesome and distracting as they try to meet the needs of external forces and find the thing developing between them.
Outside of this fabulous chemistry that makes dialogue zing and tension gather on the page, things I also enjoyed, included the extensive, and rich cast of characters, the big city backdrop, and with it a solid story that didn’t make me feel like I dropped into the middle of a series, which I did.
I liked the heroine, Wren and her take charge attitude. Not too mention how the author could have gone one way with the story, but let the heroine stay true to her character. You know what I am taking about, with manufactured drama because someone decides its better not to discuss things like adults. Hunting allowed her characters to act accordingly, which I appreciated.
What threw me off is that there are lots of high stakes and at times I didn’t like the hero thought he was acting rather childish and not very focused on anything besides Wren. The author did a good job of explaining why he acted so ridiculous, but it was still hard for me to accept personally. The plot clicks along at a steady pace with different side elements to keep the reader occupied. Some of the things are a bit cliché, with the conflict petering out about midway through and I would’ve liked some more development but if you like stories with high drama this book is definitely for you.
Overall, it wasn’t hard to get involved in the story or fall for the characters. I would read this author again and if you enjoy Lauren Layne or Harlequin Presents I recommend this book for you.