Series: Romancing the Clarksons
Published by: Hachette on May 17, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .
The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Unfixable, Owned by Fate, Riskier Business, Risking It All, Chase Me, Need Me, Up in Smoke, Make Me, Crashed Out, Rough Rhythm, Thrown Down
One Line: This family has definitely piqued my interest!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Ah, I love it when the tables turn and the guy wants to get to know the girl and wants her to know him as a person. In turn, the girl just wants some fun. I like that. Even though Rita is going through emotional stuff and figuring out her life, she’s a woman with needs and a girl’s gotta eat. I like that despite her insecurities and hesitance, she’s not shy about what she wants. Jasper is yet another sexy and irresistible guy that I couldn’t help but love. Seriously, Tessa, how many more of these panty-droppers do you think you’re going to be creating?
What more can I say about a Bailey book? This one is filled with sizzling scenes between Jasper and Rita, but also very sweet and touching moments. I also easily connected to both characters and genuinely liked Rita and understood what she was going through. Jasper draws Rita out of her shell that’s she’s put her in and helps her see how amazing she is and Rita does the same for Jasper, who thinks so little of himself, despite the contrary. They were a fun couple to get to know.
There are some readers that might be turned off by the fact that Jasper and Rita’s love story takes place over a few days, but honestly, I’ve seen romances spark in less time than that and it’s still just as believable and real, if done right. It might not be the all-consuming, epic love story (yet), but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the makings of it. That’s kind of what you have to keep in mind when going into this book.
This series is off to a great start and I really can’t wait for the next book. All four Clarksons represent quite an eclectic family and their dynamic isn’t your typical supportive, loving bunch, but the connection is there. You just know their individual stories are going to be entertaining. Above all else though, this story is about family and I love that theme and how it’ll carry on throughout the books. You’ve got another hit on your hands, Tessa!