In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…
Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?...
Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.
Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day…
I started to read this book while in transit, and it surely kept me entertained and held my interest through the whole story.
The book is number three in a series, my bad, I hadn't read the previous books, this is perfectly fine as a stand alone, but there's a reference made to the previous stories, and I think a reader would benefit from reading them first. And not only that, but I liked the author's voice, the way the story is told, the characters, and the plot, so I would think the previous stories might be something to check out.
The characters are complex, broken, and in turmoil. They were easy to like, and understand. I liked that they thought about things, worked on the issues, and did the work to fix things, that were fixable.
The romance was evident, and even though the passion was high, and the attraction powerful on both sides, there's just enough amount of sweetness, and cute moments, to make it fun and enjoyable.
The moments of danger, the factor of the stalker, the media circus, Max's relatives, Jessi's admires, all bring new levels, elements of spice and pepper into the tale. The solutions are not obvious, the puzzle not solved until the end.
Complex characters, sweet, adorable romance, with added family drama and trace of danger, all ingredients of great entertainment
~ Four Spoons
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