This is the 14th book in the Uniformly Hot series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. I recommend reading series books in order for better understanding.
Sophia & Max meet under less than typical circumstances. He promised her brother he would look in on her. She is sick of being babied by another brother or friend.
Max just wants to pay his brother in arms back by doing a simple favor. How did he know the sister he was to check up on was seriously hot? His attraction aside, she needs him.
This was an amazingly hot and sexy story! I love the banter. The pages literally sizzle there is so much chemistry. Really fun read. Great addition to the series too. I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
It's difficult to finish a book when you realize you don't like any of the characters.
The prologue starts out a century past when a man and his mistress are in a carriage accident. Of course, this is after their son's wedding. She dies. You find out later that apparently he did too but...
There's this argument about who owns the former brothel that she once lived in/behind/something. Two who are after it are... the descendent of the man and his mistress (the h), the descendent of the man and his wife (the slimy developer), the family whose ancestor ran the place (the "H" is one of these), and the creepy curator of the sex museum who obsesses about the place...and the mistress.
Everyone is out for themselves.
The slimy developer has hired arsonists to burn down properties in the area so he can buy them cheap. The only reason this one hasn't been torched - yet - is due to his somewhat tenuous claim to it.
The family is one of those stereotypical Italian families where everyone is in everyone else's business. They convince the "H" to do things like oh, use police surveillance equipment for their own gain. He of course, has no hangups about using this, any more than he has using his badge to gain access to the h's motel room where he more or less solicits her for sex - if she wants to look for the family jewels that belonged to her ancestress and which are supposedly hidden in the house.
She wants the jewels, presumably to sell so she can reestablish her business.
The museum curator wants to restore the house and, one suspects, have her as its prize occupant.
I read the ending of course. I know her ex husband was snooping around, looking for the jewels. I know a fire was started but they happened to be there and were able to get help. I also know they caught the arsonist.
What I wish is that it had ended a chapter or two earlier - after she disappeared, without her attempting to negotiate a deal with the H's dad, and with him feeling screwed over. After all, he WAS the one who forced his way into her motel room and coerced her to have sex. Jerk.
And somehow, I think the author was angling for humor with this. Hard to laugh when you want to punch someone in the balls.
It was cute, and funny...and maybe I know people in Chicago and/or in the advertising field, which just throws my ability to suspend disbelief out the door.
The friends of mine in the advertising/graphic arts field are self-employed NOW, and not by choice. They also work out of their homes. And why shouldn't they? You don't need an office for one or two people to do advertising. That's unnecessary overhead. Also, they get work mostly by word of mouth and people they worked for while they worked for someone else. To put a fine point to it, they already had a portfolio of sorts before they ever tried to make a go of it. And they still struggle.
So our h decided she was gonna make it big in the big city (why she picked Chicago, I dunno) and got a friend to go in with her after she graduated. They have an office, and they're hanging by a thread. I get the feeling they don't want to fool with the little jobs; just go for the big ones. Well you know what? The little guys pay bills too.
I had very little sympathy for her with regards to her finances. Arrogance got her in that position.
The H...is an alpha male and also a 2/3 blind, reclusive, and almost agoraphobic geek. He's interesting. He's also turned off by women after his money, which is why he initially pretends to be a maintenance guy. He's hoisted by his own petard when he falls for her and she keeps talking over his every attempt to come clean. She does eventually connect the dots but I was beginning to wonder about her intelligence there.
Every now and then, one of these turns out to be a good read.
This one has lots of humor, heat, and an interesting plot. The H has a fear, not of commitment, but of love itself. His parents loved each other a lot, and when his mother was killed, his father fell apart. Scarred him, I would say for life, but since he's with the h at the end, it just required the right person to screw with his head. The h had a different approach - she wanted what her parents had. And she was sure she wasn't going to get it with him. They were brought together because she dated a homeless grifter who stole her mother's engagement ring (a large, badly flawed diamond), he posted bond on the loser for an unrelated arrest, and he wanted to catch the douchebag as much as she wanted to kick the douchebag's ass. Along the way, there was a lot of sexual attraction, sarcasm, wise-cracking, etc.
I'd hunt down the brother's book but it's by a different author. Not sure I want to bother.