District Attorney Vanessa McGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned - and it starts with seven rules she's laid out for her future. But as she's organizing her best friend's wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa's best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter...
Jackson "Jax" Maris is focused on surfing, training and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth, and finds himself having to pretend he's engaged to his little sister's best friend, Vanessa. When they're force to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa's long-term plan, he has seven days - and seven naughty nights - to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.
Type: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
She was strung too damn tight, and he was taking it upon himself to chill her the fuck out.There are some books that you really love the writing right off the bat but the hero? Well you want to stab him in the toe. And the heroine? Yeah, she could use a good flick or two. Having that insta-connection right from the start with characters is awesome but sometimes it's a whole hell of a lot more entertaining when they actually have to work to win you over along the way. Jax and V. Well they had to work to win me over but man by the end of the book I was just as smitten and in love as they were.
Vanessa and Jax were a trip. The two were basically put together and had to pretend to be engaged so they could handle last minute wedding planning at a super strict and exclusive resort for his sister and her fiance (they're the couple from book one, Seducing Cinderella). Yall know I love the "fake mates" set up so that was totally working for me.
The two are such opposites personality-wise that it brought a bit of bite to their interactions which I really enjoyed. He's way too laid back and she's way too high strung and the two clash from the get go and aren't one bit hesitant about zinging the other now and again. I loved that little bit of snarky humor as the two got to know each other and dealt with their up close and personal living arrangements and their growing attraction to each other.
Sliding onto the stool next to where he stood, she began, "You see, Jackson--"
"My friends call me Jax."
Vanessa pushed her tortoise shell sunglasses up on her head and regarded him with a twinkle in her eyes. "Ah, like those annoying pointy little things for kids that always seem to be underfoot." She nodded as though all the world's mysteries suddenly made sense. "I so get that."
Damn, he liked her spunk. "I'll just bet you do," he said, giving her a huge smile he didn't have to fake.One thing I really enjoyed about the book was that they're both a bit tweaked as adults. They have weird hang ups and "life rules" but as the book progresses you slowly find out what made them that way. Why they're a bit crazy or a little too laid back about things. They had me tearing up a couple times as things were revealed and they had to deal with the past.
There are a lot of funny snarky moments and some sweet ones as well. And the sex? Flipping hot. Just a little edgy with a touch of dominance/submission. Don't fret for yall not into BDSM. This doesn't go there. Just a little alpha male coming out and taking control in a really hot and sexy way.
"So what, now you want to break out the whips and floggers, is that it?"
His hands roved over her back, her sides, her breasts. The roughness of his fingers and palms ignited her skin and reminded her body of where they left off seconds ago. as if it needed reminding.
"No, I'm not into the hardcore stuff. Besides," he said with a quick nip on her clavicle. "All I need to make your ass red and your pussy wet are my voice and my hands."
And with that she received a crack on the other side, causing an identical reaction to the first.Overall definitely a read I'd recommend. Will you love Jax and Vanessa the whole time? Eh, if you're like me maybe not. I had to resist the urge to pound on them a few times. But, watching these two win each other over and winning me over at the same time was a damn entertaining experience and made for a fun read that'll having me coming back for more from Gina L Maxwell.
What say yall?
Have you read Gina before? Have a favorite?
Do you like having an instant connection with characters or like having them fight to win you over?