Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.
I got Becca right from the start. I liked her. She was fun and someone I could see myself hanging out with and someone I would support and go to bat for. I loved her reaction to Dax, that immediate pull. I was rooting for her throughout the book.
Dax wasn't someone new to me as I've read the other books in this series. However, if you haven't read Jessica Lemmon before (why haven't you??) this is a great book to start with. What I loved most about Dax was how he pushed Becca and his confidence in her. It was really a side to him I didn't fully expect.
These two have sparks flying from the start. It was fun to watch how they progressed together. The sex was hot and steamy, but there was more to them and they certainly weren't expecting that from each other. I loved the growth of their relationship-and the ending was sweet.
Jessica Lemmon's writing just flows. The pacing works and the story is spun so that it seems new and fresh. I believed how this story played out. Again, this is the third book in this series bu tit can absolutely be enjoyed as a standalone. I read this book in one sitting simply because I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Forced proximity books are fun. The idea that 2 people who would not have been attracted to one another (or who would have been possibly attracted but not acted on it) are put into a situation where they are not able to ignore one another, well, this appeals to me.
Dax and Becca are attracted to one another. He is a guest at the wilderness retreat hotel where Becca works. He is supposed to be in one of the cabins that is far away, and is planning to be camping...so they should not have any time with one another. But, life (and nature) intervene and we get a really hot romance.
I love the characters Jessica Lemmon writes. How real and compelling they are, and how much they seem like the kind of people you would want to know. This makes them easy to read about, and makes them characters it is easy to invest in. And, how fun this is.
The romance is hot, the sex is steamy, the characters are at time funny and charming. Becca's brother is frustrating, her family bond interesting, her relationship with her coworkers adds depth without overshadowing the Dax and Becca romance.
This book is a part of the "Real Love" series...and that is how it feels. You think they will be ok, that they will work out in the long run. And, this is hard. You need tension and conflict in order for the story to be interesting. Too much tension and you doubt that you are reading about a couple who is in it for the long haul...not enough, and you feel like you are reading about 2 characters who are not invested in the relationship. The balance in this title is excellent and the story is enjoyable.
I recommend this book.
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