Galen had been counting on Lacey's wedding to put her out of reach—and out of his mind—once and for all, but their steamy Puerto Rican escape is testing all his boundaries. Now that Lacey’s embracing her inner bad girl, Galen is tempted to throw in the towel and claim her for himself. But with the biggest fight of his career on the line and an important business merger threatening to derail Lacey’s resolve, their romance might be down for the count before it even begins.
Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
"...If you want to plead the fifth and not answer, you have to drink one of the full shots. Got it?"
"Sounds pretty simple. I'll start," he said.
"Wait, why you?"
"My house, my liquor."
She curled her lip and shook her head. "Geez, what happened to ladies first?"
"I save that mentality for the bedroom. Outside the bedroom, it's an even playing field, so man up."I absolutely loved Galen and Lacey. Loved. Them. They've known each other since they were kids, he's her best friend's older brother, and the two have always teased each other mercilessly.
But things... oh they are a changing. Starting with Galen stripping her right out of her wedding dress in the parking lot of her reception, tossing her on the back of his motorcycle and escaping the gloriously spectacular train wreck that was her wedding after she finds her brand spanking new hubby knocking boots with one of her bridesmaids. Yeah. It was quite the start to their story ;)
There's some humor, some squeeze your heart moments and lots of sexy bits as Galen sets out to help Lacey get back on her feet after her safe and boring life pretty much falls apart. And oh my word once the two finally accept the off the charts chemistry that's freaking snapping between them things get...good and steamy!
Whew. I really liked these two. They're good people and I loved the history and relative ease between them.
I really felt for Lacey. She's always done everything to please her parents and just never let loose and taken any risks so it was fun to see her exploring her options and trying new things. She really grew on me as the story went along.
Galen on the other hand, I seriously think I fell just a little in love with him right from the start. He's a huge chunk of a man, a champion boxer, and has that cocky confident thing going on that I love. You could just imagine a wicked little glint in his eyes every time he'd throw down a challenge at Lacey. I really loved how he pushed her to be just a little bit bolder, to take risks even if they turn out disastrous--think rogue waves whipping off swim suit tops and unknowingly making friends with swingers looking to, um, swap?-- and just be herself.
While some things were a little predictable along the way as these two finally found their way to each other, all in all, it was a fun, sexy romp that was sweet, heart warming and in the end left me smiling. Bell really pulled me into this little world and has me very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.