Ryan writes chemistry very, very well. There were some scenes in this that, oh my, were a lot of fun. And, this really was a slow burn. There was an encounter at the beginning, and that encounter sustains the book until close to the 3rd act of the book. And, this is a talent...and is not easy to sustain the interest and the chemistry as they work through their relationship.
More important than the chemistry, I liked Smith and Evie. A lot. I believed in them as people, and I thought their reactions and actions were realistic. I liked that Evie was young, but not necessarily naive. She made some mistakes, but they were the kinds of things you make on your first day at any new job. But she was also allowed to be competent, her own person, and to be good at her job. I appreciated that Smith was not the guy who came in to rescue the younger woman, but the man who wanted to date the woman he was attracted to.
The older brother/younger sister is fairly common, and the idea that the main tension is going to be through the brother and his reaction is also done, a lot. But, in this one, while that was definitely there, it also felt fresh. I liked the way Smith handled things with Cullen, I liked how up front he was. I found it refreshing.
I am looking forward to the next in the series and I definitely recommend this book.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.