The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Marked Men books continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series.
Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancée, who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He's tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment, with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He's set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he's ever seen hook him right away. Wheeler can see Poppy's pain, and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.
Poppy can't remember a time when she didn't see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt by the men who swore to protect her, Poppy's determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm's length. Wheeler's sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn't captivate her, but every time she's with him, she can't help being pulled closer to him. Though she's terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out - and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.
The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she's convinced he's the only man with the tools to fix it.
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Ok but not exceptional IMO
The narration was good but I did not particularly like the book all that much. Here is my review from Amazon.
** CONTAINS SPOILERS **
I have to say that I don't really agree with the 5 stars on Amazon. It is not terrible but it is not 5 star material IMO but others may feel differently. Jay used to use more angst in her books but all the angst from this is from their past before the book started. To me everything is just too overly sweet in this. The H falls for the h immediately. Even the ex who treated him in the past badly (before the book starts) is overly sweet in this book. She gets along with the H and now the h. They become like besties. I mean why not have her be a raging witch that fights them all along to give something interesting to the storyline?
Yes I do like the H and h and they have a sweetness to them but is that really all readers want? Do we really just want this sweet almost instant love that lasts from beginning to end with no real angst - no fighting, no breakups - nothing?
Yes the H is worried the h will go off the deep end if he pushes too hard but she never does and all is pretty much smooth sailing.
I loved a few of Jay Crownover's books (like Rule, Asa, and Nash) but none as of late. They have just been too uninteresting lately IMO. I was somewhat bored through most of this book even though I did like the two main characters. I listen to a few books a week so it takes more than just a sweet story to interest me and this was not it.
I know it is obvious some don't agree, by the 5 stars I see, and that is ok because all are entitled to their opinions. I just think it seems that if a book is sweet and tolerable, it automatically gets a 5 stars. I think books should be exceptional to get 5 stars and IMO, this book had sweet characters but was not exceptional. As I said, that was part of the problem to me, all were sweet from beginning to end, including the ex. Again, they tell you the ex was terrible but that was from the past, before the book started. She is even nice in the book as I said.
For the reasons above, I had to give it 3 stars. I liked the characters but not how the storyline went in the book to the point I would give it 5 stars.