Meet Casey Reynolds - she is NOT thin, petite, clueless, virginal or submissive. Which is exactly why Travis Craig wanted to, "kick down her door and throw her on that bed." Meet the Keurig killer who makes one tough alpha male go down on his knees and a few other positions as well! All Casey Reynolds wanted was peace and quiet and a long vacation from covering the crime beat in Boston. That's why she agreed to borrowing a villa in Mexico to rest, be alone, and work on her novel. But then he showed up - Travis Craig. He said he was offered the villa to recover from a serious illness. He had just lost his teaching job and had no money to leave. She agreed with his plan to share the house - but on her terms. Soon rest and relaxation were a thing of the past when their double occupancy proved too erotic to control.
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Meet Casey, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist for a well-regarded yet financially strapped Boston weekly. Daughter of a renown sports journalist, the 6’1” beauty is on the edge of a burnout breakdown, her emotional fragility is apparent to all who encounter her. After resigning her long-term position with the paper, the editor / owner, more family than friend, provides her with a villa in Mexico, all expenses paid, as she decides her next move.
Barely a day passes when Casey’s tranquility and isolation are breached by the strappingly handsome intruder, Travis. A friend of her editor’s son, Travis is also in need of a break, and has been offered the same villa for time to regroup as he strategizes for the next takeover.
Sparks fly, initially ignited from annoyance at intrusions into personal time and space, later from the realization of the sexual attraction. While Travis is very confident, and very tired of the ‘femme fatale’ types, and is instantly drawn to Casey’s beauty, lack of pretention and brains, his mission is to get her to realize all that she is. Casey is incredibly insecure and unsure, her height, lack of experience and two failed romantic interludes led her to believe that she is incapable of competing at that level, wishing instead to be tiny and helpless.
As the two interact with witty repartee and a great sense of freedom that comes with those “vacation’ romances, the sexual tension and not so veiled innuendo flows freely. Narrated with a sense of the character’s personalities and allowing the rhythm of the written word to guide their delivery, the dual narrations of Destiny Landon and Lee James fit the characters beautifully, and the delivery helps to reinforce the emotions conveyed in the text, as clearly as if the reader / listener was in that situation. No one paces or crafts dialogue as well as Elaine Raco Chase, and the narrators do not miss a beat throughout the story, those natural pace changes in conversation, emphasis on specific words, trailing off softly in confusion – all performed with aplomb.
With a liberal addition of erotically tempting details and scenes that fit both the timing and the characters, the relationship arc moves in a solidly real trajectory, even as we know that Travis is instantly gobsmacked by everything about Casey. And, for those of us who want, no need that “happy ever after”, this has that, and more moments that will bring a smile to your face and a sparkle in your eye.
I received an audiobook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Saying that Ms. Chase has a way with words certainly is an understatement. She can craft sentences in such a way that the reader is transported into the scene. Her descriptive manner of writing allowed me to have a wonderful movie of this book playing through my head while I listened to it. In addition, the story was interesting, entertaining, enticing, and delightfully naughty! The male and female narration added to the presentation, and the music that punctuated the book was an added bonus. I think you'll enjoy this one!