Wrong guy. Wrong situation. Might be right.
Free of her overbearing family and their dreams, not hers, Kayla Gallagher is living for herself instead of for her clan's successful restaurant. Step One: finally make her move on Aiden Patrick, the bad-boy son of Gallagher's long-time repairman. Too bad Aidan’s taciturn older brother shows up instead . . .
As the “responsible Patrick,” Liam has always made a conscious choice to do the right thing. He likes fixing things for people—whether it be a broken appliance or a bad situation. Which means he can’t just brush off the quiet Gallagher. Clearly, she needs a shoulder to lean on. But suddenly a shoulder becomes so much more, and Kayla isn’t the quiet little girl she used to be. She’s a vivid, down-for-anything woman showing Liam several sizzling ways to put passion first . . .
As things heat up between them, Liam’s family threatens to come apart for good. The only way Liam can set things right means giving up Kayla. But she’s not about to take no for an answer—or let their chance for something sweeter than desire crash-and burn without a fight.
It is all fun and sexy as all get out until the family drama spills over to the budding relationship and things get real.
I jumped into the book two in the series when I saw it on NetGalley and the joy of the cover picture allured me to read the blurb and I was hooked. So I can not tell you if Kayla Gallagher's family troubles and being disowned by the family has been divulged in details in the previous book, but here it was more of a statement of things that happened in the past. Why did she get tired of her family and what went on before she felt the need to walk away and change herself, I still have no idea.
Kayla was at the crossroads, she was looking for direction to go, she was unemployed, broke, and vulnerable - maybe not the best time to start a new relationship. But her life long crush Aiden asks her out, and she is not about to say no. Only, Liam shows up instead of Aiden.
Liam had his own family drama, he just didn't seem to be aware of it. The dysfunctions in Patrick family are plentiful, thus introducing some of the most unpleasant secondary characters around. Liam himself had a need to fix things for everyone around him. He is a kind hearted, protective, and loyal. His feelings for Kayla has been simmering for awhile. He is under immense stress with his family, yet I still find it hard to accept some of the decisions he made.
The chemistry between Liam and Kayla is scorching hot, and the long detailed sex scenes seem to take over the tale at one point. Nothing wrong with that, but I need a bit more emotional development with physical adventures as well. Regardless, I was really enjoying the story - it was fun, entertaining and hot - until the conflict came and I cringed as the protagonists turn into different people leaving me to ask if I know them at all. The decisions and actions taken during the conflict were not equal to the redemption, in my opinion, with anyone. Not with Liam, Aiden, their mom, or even with Kayla. And the epilog proved that not much had changed regarding the family dynamics with the Patrick family. I guess in a way that kept things real and life-like, I just had hoped that Mrs. Patrick would have seen 'the light' a bit more brightly.
Will I read more by this author - absolutely if the opportunity arises. With all the twists in the plot, even with the couple shortcomings (in my opinion) that I ran into, I found the story delightful at times, engaging and compelling at all the time and was invested to finish the book and find out about the destiny of the main characters.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me