Monday, June 2, 2014

Keep Me Closer (Dangerous Tides #2) by Rhyannon Byrd

Five years after the end of his marriage and his career as a detective, Alex Hudson wears a permanent suit of armor to keep the world at bay. Now a PI in South Florida, he believes that he’s better off free of romantic complications—even if a certain beautiful redhead makes him sweat with little more than a look. But he’s determined to steer clear of women and the trouble they bring. Until trouble comes uninvited...

Renowned therapist Brit Cramer has seen her fair share of violence and knows how to handle it. But when a former patient targets Brit as his feminine “ideal,” she finds help in the last place she ever expected—the tall, dark, outrageously sexy Alex Hudson, who saves her from a violent attack. Brit’s been powerfully attracted to Alex from the moment they first met several years ago, but she knew better than to do more than enjoy the view…

The initial uncertainty they both feel shatters in the face of a searing, absolute desire, but their time is running out as they find themselves caught in the sights of a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Before they know it, they’re fighting not only for their lives, but for the possibility that they may have both found exactly what they’ve always wanted and each other.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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*pets the pretty pretty book* I've so been missing out on some damn fine stories by not reading Byrd sooner. Keep Me Closer was oh so good and chock full of suspense, deliriously yummy sex, one shamelessly alpha hero and a heroine that so wasn't afraid to give him a run for his money as they head off against a crazed stalker and an all consuming attraction. *swoons* I mean. Seriously!

It's not too often I really love both the hero and heroine in equal measures but Alex and Brit were definitely one of the rare couples. I loved these two. Them on the other hand...they've pretty much hated each other for years. Kinda. Sorta. Or at least they're trying to hate each other and thank the book Fates it leads to all kinds of explosive tension and good times as the two wind up spending a lot of time together while her stalker is tracked down.

Brit was a pretty great heroine. She's smart, doesn't do anything too questionable safety wise, isn't over the top flaily emotional and actually thinks things through and can see more in Alex than pretty much anyone else. She was just a solid one that really cared about people and her career as a therapist.

And then there's Alex who is hella blunt. This is one hero who says and does just what he's thinking. He's not all smooth and suave and is just...him in all his alpha male glory (without being an asshole hallefuckingluja)! He's had his trust and pride broken by his ex wife and the man is way slow to trust, gets himself all good and freaked out and then has a nice little come to Jesus moment and totally had me falling for him. He's a good guy who just doesn't realize he's a good one and a keeper and gah that just about did me in. He's passionate and that comes out in everything he does from protecting Brit to giving her some seriously good lovin.
Her breath caught as he pushed the first inch inside, and though he felt like he was burning with fever, she was even hotter. And so fucking tight. He started to work his hips in careful back and forth lunges, determined to get inside her sweet little body without hurting her. Each time he pulled back then pushed back in, he gained a bit more of that fist-tight sheath, his mind blown from how snug and wet and fucking soft she felt. But there was still a hell of a long way to go.

When she bit her lip and moaned, "God, Alex," there was a genuine thread of panic in her voice, and he couldn't help but want to soothe her.

"Shh. Just let me in and relax. It'll be okay. Better than okay."

She gave an adorable laugh that was choked. "That's easy for you to say. You're not the one getting crammed full of a massive penis right now."

He lowered his forehead to hers again, his shoulders shaking. "Fuck, Brit, don't do that. Don't make me laugh."

"You don't like laughing?"

"Time and place, Doc. Time and place."
So, yea,  these sex scenes. Oh...mygod. So freaking hot (and okay, funny too)! Alex has a lot to work with and damn he knows exactly how to swing that tree trunk of his. The man rocks a head board, pushes limits and is just sexy as hell. There's a lot of lovin' happening in this one including some back door action. All very nicely done and for those who experienced my cum/gravity rant the other played out in this one but not in my ranty way. The two were just great together in and out of the bedroom. The chemistry was zinging everywhere and just fantastically fun to watch.

The suspense was nicely done as well. It was just the right amount of page time/trouble brewing to keep things slightly on edge but not make the romance feel awkward and out of place in the face of all of that danger. It was a nice balance between the two and while you knew from the start what was going on it was still kind of exciting and nerve wracking hanging on waiting to see what would happen next.

All in all...Keep Me Closer was a damn fine read that left me pretty blasted excited to have found a new author to totally reader girl swoon over. Woot! With sexy suspense and awesome characters this one totally worked for me. No question. Byrd's next will be an auto buy for me.

Have you read Byrd? Have a favorite?
Do you like the enemies to lovers storyline?
Have a favorite rom-suspense that just makes you want to squee?

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