"You sound way too excited about that."One Night Charmer was so not what I was expecting. It wasn't quite as cheeky or sweet as I thought it would be and was still a good read but whew...these two had to fight for their happily ever after and it was messy and difficult as they pissed each other right off and tried to resist a damn pesky attraction and a lot of misplaced resentment towards each other. Add in a life altering decision and holy cow. Yeah. They had their work cut out for themselves.
"I am. Fabric choices get me hot under the collar."
He laughed. "Excellent. This is my new strategy with women. Come back to my place and look at my flannel."
"That would..." She looked him over and tried not to let her mind go to very bad places. Like what it might be like to look beneath his flannel. "Work. That would probably work."
Alright so the quick of it is that Sierra has had a falling out with her parents. Problem was she lived on their ranch and worked for the family company too. So life became a chaotic mess with her trying to suddenly stand on her own two feet. Which brought her to Ace's bar in search of a job. And gets her a whole heap of unexpected issues--some oh so yummy and some of omg this man! variety.
"I've just been kind of an asshole to you. Let's not pretend otherwise."Sierra! Yall I loved Sierra. She's bouncy cheery and just has a glow about her. I really adored her and how she dealt with everything including the hero who could be...difficult. She really showed her inner strength and character in tackling everything and taking a good look at the things about herself she didn't like and changing them. She faced a lot of harsh realities in a very short time but had such heart and determination. I loved her sass too!
She blinked, crossing her arms. "I wasn't going to argue."
"You drink milk with chocolate, Sierra. It's a fundamental fact of life. Cake is better with milk. Anyone who says otherwise is just pretentious."Now, the hero. Ace had being a fucking asshole prick down to an art form. An. Art. Form. Lord help him but he could be a real piece of work. But at least he knew he was being a shitty little fuck when he was being one and eventually figured it all out. As much as he could be a punk shit there was something irresistible about Ace. He really could be a charmer when he wanted to be one. He was hard working and motivated and had some truly heartbreaking things in his past that brought out the jerky in him now and again in regards to Sierra.
"Or doesn't want to drink a giant glass of udder juice."
"Now who's being disgusting? I thought you were a lady."
"News flash, sometimes ladies are disgusting. But usually daintily so." She flashed him a broad smile and batted her lashes.
"Have I ever been very nice to you?" he asked.They managed to work, though. Usually an antagonistic relationship that goes on for so long would bother me but I was drawn to these two and flew through the book before I realized it. That's kind of why I'm leaning towards a four for the rating. I could even understand his hostile behavior towards Sierra. He had a real nasty go about with a woman she reminds him of and he just couldn't seem to let it go. So I got it but wanted to shake him about too because Sierra was awesome. In the end it was wonderful seeing Sierra tackle the harder things in life and not run away or go the easy route and it was both painful and heart tugging watching Ace deal with the pain in his past and his absolute fear of letting anyone close to him. I grumbled and growled along with them and cheered when they finally figured it out. Maybe chuckled a time or two as well watching them battle both on the relationship front and on the work front in the bar he owned and as they worked on getting his pub off the ground.
She tapped her palm over the top of her other closed fist. "Intermittently. You gave me a job. So you aren't really a total troll to me."
"Just a partial troll."
"Serves me right for crossing over your bridge."
"Does that make you a billy goat?" The absurdity of the conversation had him tempted to smile. She was a witch. There was no other explanation for how she'd made him hard as a rock a moment ago, and pissed enough to punch a hole in the barn wall, and had him laughing now.
"Stubborn as hell and ready to head-butt you? Yeah, I'd say that sounds about right."
He cleared his throat. "This will come as no surprise to you, but I'm fucked up."All in all, I enjoyed One Night Charmer. It's not a sweet, light read but it was entertaining and satisfying seeing these two rather dysfunctional people come together and make it all work in the end.
She laughed, a watery, shaky sound. "I do realize that."
Ace has a personal policy against messing around with staff—or with spoiled rich girls. But there's a steel backbone beneath Sierra's silver-spoon upbringing. She's tougher than he thought, and so much more tempting. Enough to make him want to break all his rules, even if it means risking his heart…