Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. After hitting a wall with her dream career, she’s back in her hometown, living a life as monotonous as swimming laps in the neighborhood pool.
Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of her failure to launch. The last bonfire of the summer is an ideal way to let off steam, especially when she runs into Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school.
Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat.
A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need…
Warning: A friends-to-lovers twice over story that contains some hot ’n’ heavy kissing in the waves, hair pulling, and a man who knows how to use his hands. It may also feature a few practical jokes—only the fun kind, of course.
This book and I had a bit of a wobbly start, but as the story progressed I found solid footing with it and it turned out to be an engaging friends to lovers story with characters that was sweet and pretty damn hot and by the end of it, believed they were meant for each other.
The whole wobbly thing in the beginning was actually due to Jamie. While I could understand and even empathize with some of her feelings of inadequacy in comparison to those of her older siblings, it was her attitude towards them, her parents, and even that of her soon to be in-laws, that was a major turn off for me. The pity party and dismissive feel of it didn’t endear her to me, but thankfully as the book progresses she starts to grow up more and in the end I found that I liked the person she was turning into, but she couldn’t have done it without a little push from Dean. Dean was the star of the book for me. He had his issues, no doubt, but at heart he was a good guy and his attention to detail made him sexy as sin.
Their friends to lovers relationship, as well as both of them getting their lives in order is the focus of the story and I liked how they ended up being intertwined. Their ‘what stays in vegas’ style weekend not only brings to light who they are at their core and what they could be to each other, but gives each the confidence boost to take the steps they hadn’t believed they could for themselves. The progression of their relationship wasn’t a total surprise, but it was still enjoyable as was how they both worked things out, not only with themselves but with their families.
The Bottom Line: A quick, sweet and sexy friends to lovers story that can be read as a standalone.
~ ARC provided by Rockstar PR in exchange for an honest review ~
Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.