Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
He prowled to the table, narrow eyed, and braced his hands on it, leaning toward her. “Have you ever seen a hungry bear? Because they don’t throw tantrums. They devour.”
She mimicked his pose, leaning in, getting in his face. “Are you going to devour me?” The second the words crossed her lips, her cheeks heated.
Stop thinking about that, Allison. For real, this time.
If she hadn’t been his employer and fresh off a messy divorce, and if she hadn’t been only a month done with breastfeeding and barely back to feeling like her body was her own—and if Theo didn’t hate her for claiming ownership of Cloud Nine—she would have welcomed a good, old-fashioned devouring, the kind she’d always imagined she deserved, if only the world were a more perfect place and men weren’t such insufferable assholes.
The sexual tension between Theo and Allison was scorching. I love love/hate romances as long as the move from hate to love is realistic. In this case it definitely was. I feasted off every one of their interactions and the drunk flirting between them in the bar had me fanning myself. Oh and the bike ride <3.
Hot relationship aside, I really admire the author for basing her sport romance series around a team of wounded veterans and not shying away from dealing with heroes with disabilities. It really adds another depth to the story. Theo, Will, Brandon, Duke, Liam ….. what a bunch of awesome guys. I loved the way they all had Allison’s back, especially Will for going after Theo when he thought his friend had broken her heart. I love the ladies in the book too, and the way they were so accepting of Allison and Katie.
So why did this awesome book lose one star? Whilst I have to hand it to Allison for being blunt and honest about it, the fact that she admitted marrying her ex-husband just so she could have a comfortable life and be a stay-at-home Mum did make my support of her waver a bit. I wished she had more confidence in herself to want more than that, even after the trauma of nearly drowning.
Anyway, I can’t wait for more in this series. I am especially looking forward to Brandon/Harper’s story.