Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2016
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble…
The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire…
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.
I have to say, this book has exceeded my expectations. Not that they were low, but here I was, after reading many contemporary romances, expecting something akin to a spark to get really excited about the series, and this book excited me. It made me curious about the whole of the Clarkson clan, because I gotta say, they were some characters.
As an introduction to a new series, this book did an amazing job. Not only did I wonder about the romance between Rita and Jacob, but I also wondered how the relationship between the Clarkson siblings was going to be mended, because, yeah, they are an odd bunch. An odd and estranged bunch. Though at times they seemed a bit stereotypical, with Rita being the glue that tries to hold the family together with her crazy idea of a road trip, their eldest brother Belmont the stone guardian, the younger brother Aaron the womanizer and finally Peggy, the youngest sister, aka the runaway bride. They were sort of predictable at the beginning of the book, more so than I usually read, but page by page new sides to them all surfaced and I liked what I saw.
Apart from the Clarkson clan, I have to admit, I really enjoyed reading Jasper’s character. Perhaps this isn’t so, but in my reads, I can’t say that I’ve encountered many heroes who wanted to change their sleeping around ways. I mean, desperately. Maybe Jasper used to be a ladies’ man, but all I saw in this story was a sweet, vulnerable and passionate man. With Rita, they made a challenging pair because they both had their own insecurities that put a dent in their relationship in all the appropriate times. Was it possibly painful for them? Yes, I’m sure. I’ve read it. Did I still enjoy reading about their troubles? I’m sorry to say, yes. Heh.
Filled with amusing moments and interesting characters, this was a fun read. And before I leave, let me tell you that this was a sexy read too. Rita and Jasper might be funny and quirky, but damn they were also naughty. I was pleasantly surprised by their sexy chemistry. This, I’d definitely recommend if you like contemporary romances. I have a feeling many intriguing plots await us in the upcoming books and I’m looking forward to them all.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge and try not to get too excited in my wait for the next book.
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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
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