While filling her display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up and sees the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. Thirty seconds later, she says yes. But after four months of falling in love, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA Agent investigating the possibility she’s involved in her ex-husband’s drug business
Obviously Tess decides this means it’s over.
But DEA Agent Brock Lucas disagrees. A man on a mission who’s really committed to his job, he’s spent years in the underbelly of Denver with the dregs of society. And spending four months with Tess who’s as sweet as her cupcakes, he seriously enjoyed his job. But during Tess’s interrogation, Brock learns the devastating secret Tess is carrying and he’s determined to be the man who helps her heal as well as take her back as she walks on the wild side.
As wild and sweet mix, they face challenge after challenge of family struggling with history and terminal illness. Not to mention, Tess’s ex-husband, the drug lord and Brock’s ex-wife, who has a very big playbook are scheming to tear them apart.
But Brock Lucas has wild in him and once in his past on the trail of vengeance he let that wild loose, making a mistake that he would have no idea years later will put his sweet Tess in the position to pay his penance.
When writing a review at Goodreads, there is a prompt that says, “What did you think?”
What did I think?
Welp, it [reading Kristen Ashley] is like taking a drug. A very bad for you drug. And you’re mad at yourself the entire time for being weak.
Yep. It’s just like that.
Getting back to this particular book…it’s got a more tempered hero than the last few. He didn’t have to “force” her into a relationship as in other books. In fact, the relationship in this one started so very quickly and smoothly that there was no tension in the book at all. At least, regarding the two MCs. None. It was an “in the life of” book rather than a romance book. The heroine wanted the hero with her entire heart the entire time. She did not hide this. Ditto for the hero. Boring.
All of the action in this book was achieved by secondary characters: the crazy bitch ex-wife (seems like a KA staple), the obsessed drug dealer ex-husband, etc, etc.
Speaking of KA staples, I want to take a moment to talk about the female relationships in her books. I’ve read about 4 KA books so far…and every single one of them has had wonderful female relationships. I mean wonderful! All the cattiness and bitchiness comes from ex-wives/girlfriends. The rest of the women are kind, sweet (KA loves this word), and always have your best interest at heart. Whaaa?? But seriously. Great female relationships.
Another KA staple is the “My ex-wife is a major bitch who is also a bitch to our kids.” At some point during the novel the hero’s
plot moppets children move in with him (which equals them because he moves in the heroine ASAP). And this has happened more than once…so I’m starting to think that this will happen with any KA book which features a hero who has kids.
Getting back to the book again…
…I’m starting to notice a decided lack of originality after the 1st book. They all have waaay alpha heroes. The heroines are all beautiful with a great body and great hair and great clothes; someone is going to get kidnapped at least once. But try to count on twice. All the heroes talk in exactly the same way and they all drop words and/or letters from words.
Rating Caveat: The rating is based on a how I feel about this book in comparison to all of the other KA books I have read. Also, I have never rated any of the KA books I’ve read on grammar, sentence structure, editing or formatting. I knew what I was getting myself into before I started reading.