Every red-blooded male in St. Helena wants Harper Owens…as a friend. Despite her efforts at seduction, Harper seems to be destined to end up alone. The only guy with a knack for unleashing her inner vixen is firefighter and resident rule-breaker Adam Baudouin. Agreeing to a faux-mance could help him secure a promotion—and save her family’s lingerie shop, the Boulder Holder. But playing with fire has consequences. Especially when the flame comes courtesy of St. Helena’s own Five-Alarm Casanova.…
None of Adam’s quick-and-easy hookups have prepared him for a connection this extraordinary. There’s more to the milk-and-cookies art teacher that he’d love to explore. But first he has to convince her to trust the town’s most notorious playboy. Even tougher—he’ll have to trust himself to be the real-life hero this warm and sexy woman deserves.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I can’t believe I haven’t read the first book in this series. I really enjoyed the second book and as soon as I read it, I swore I was going to get the first book and read that too. But I guess I got caught up in other books and blog tours that I was part of. Anyway, when this book was up for review as well, I grabbed the chance right away because I trust that the author would give me yet another good addition to the series.
And I was right. Honestly, this book is not going to be for everybody, but that’s how all books are anyway. What I really liked about this book was the difference between the main characters. The hero was a player. He liked short term relationships, if they can even be called relationships. The heroine was the girl that men always overlooked. It was an odd pairing, but it was a surprisingly good one between the two of them. I like the development of each character throughout the book. I think the heroine started out as weak and insecure, but she slowly became more sure confident. The hero who would go to lengths to achieve a goal somehow found a more meaningful reward. This is a good book, and if there will be more from this series, I’ll definitely be watching out for it.
Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Sugar, Georgia series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, the Heroes of St Helena series, and her upcoming Sequoia Lake series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.
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