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This is a new author for me. and it’s someone I’ll be watching for in the future because this hot and humorous Contemporary romance was cleverly written with wit and a smooth pace by RC Boldt. Foster (the hot hero) started his Private Security Consulting firm when he left the Military and this is where he, and his feisty sexy Office Manager Noelle, are strongly denying the physical lure and sexual attraction they have for one another. They both think it’s unrequited lust but, as the ex military co-workers can testify to, Noelle and Foster need to lower their barriers, get together and see that they’re actually made for each other.
Ex Navy Seal Foster is Noelle’s handsome sexy boss.. however, he’s a manwhore and has a commitment free attitude of ‘three and done’ when it comes to his long list of willing hookups. And anyway Noelle’s taken a long sabbatical from men after her disastrous relationship with her ex.. but their good humored quick-witted banter is fuelling their desires rather than dousing them. So, when Noelle’s past finally catches up with her again, his actions puts sultry spitfire Noelle, and sweet sexy Foster, under the same roof. And under that roof they told themselves the biggest lie of all... “it’s just casual” - because it was anything but casual.. however, it was going to take a while.. and it was going to hurt in the end because Foster was punishing himself for what he did overseas. He was denying himself any chance of a HEA until Noelle.. because with her it was different. With Noelle Foster felt much more, tasted true contentment and glimpsed what could be his future.. but Foster’s burden was heavy and he wasn’t ready to open up, forgive himself, admit his true feelings and let her in.. until it was too late.
It was enjoyable, had a good supporting cast of secondary characters and Foster and Noelle were likeable, fun and flirty.. but, after the initial push/pull of their budding relationship, and the drama caused by Noelle’s ex, there wasn’t really anything new. And that’s absolutely fine if you’re looking for a low angst listen.. but, IMHO, the ex could’ve stirred up more trouble which would’ve prolonged the suspense and drama rather than keeping the story fairly simple. It’s got sex, passion, humor, verbal sparring, sizzling chemistry, witty banter and a close band of friends and family whose dynamics and help with Noelle and Foster were crucial all the way. Foster is hard on the outside but protective, loyal and sweet inside.. and his service dog Harley is there for the mentally scarred ex Special Ops Military man - but he steals a few scenes when Noelle needs him too.
Worth a credit? Yes I think so, it had an alternating POV storyline which was good, it put a smile on my face and it was an entertaining and enjoyable listen with excellent narration.
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So there were two initial things I had to get past:
1. The accents, as someone currently living in Texas, with friends all over the south, getting past the initial blaring accents was hard. I put this book down twice because it was so grating. THAT BEING SAID! After the first two chapters, the inflection and insistence seems to disappear and it feels more natural.
2. The beginning writes out like an overdrawn synopsis from both characters perspective. It felt forced and it took a while for their voices as separate characters to shine through. Just because a character SAYS they're known for being a certain way or they carry certain attitudes is just basic writing to me. SHOW Me! Don't tell me.
Other than that, I think contextually the author did a fantastic job relating to and empathizing with soldiers of PTSD. My brother was a marine and went through the same scenarios as Foster (no spoilers) and it shaped him much the same way.
I think the book was overall very well done, If only for a few personal changes.
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