Author: Susan Hayes
Length : 84 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance
TBR Reviewer: Victoria
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read!
Heat: 4/5 - Smoking Hot
I really enjoyed Ben’s family. It’s loud, boisterous, and pretty much just what I imagined a large family of all boys would be like grown up. Competitive, giving each other crap, and so forth. The family makes up the bulk of the secondary characters in this book, though there are a couple of cops and the gang members who are in the clinic break-in in the beginning and the end of the book.
Kelly only has her sister and that relationship is part of the cause of problems between Ben and Kelly. She’s helping her sister recover from an addiction problem and has thus chosen a somewhat bad neighborhood to live in (all she could afford after paying for her sister’s rehab). Ben, being a cop, isn’t thrilled with some of Kelly’s choices, like walking to work (several blocks away) late at night in a rough neighborhood.
I had a few things that hit “I don’t like” buttons for me, like them sleeping together on the first date. I lost a bit of respect for both of them for not waiting and maybe I’m just too old fashioned, but I wish the sexual tension could have been drawn out a bit longer. I also felt Ben way over reacted to Kelly’s lifestyle choices, and tried to get too bossy for her. But, I liked how he groveled and made up for it in the end, and I liked how Kelly was so compassionate toward one of the clinic robbers at the end of the book. Sometimes I think the world needs more people like her, willing to look beyond the surface.
I like Susan Hayes’ work and will look her up again in the future.