5 Rugged Stars
Well, in this case, the second time was even better than the first! This was a re-read for the release of the re-edited version with two added bonus scenes coming out on July 21st.
I’m upping my rating from 4 to 5 stars because it was just that good. I remember loving both Knox and Charlie the first time around but this time, these two on their own and as a team just robbed me of my heart and soul. LOVED THEM!!
Knox is seriously all alpha and sex-on-a-stick and Charlie is sexy, sassy and independent. It was so easy to adore and connect with these characters.
This is a slow burn romance. It’s obvious that these two have off the charts chemistry but each of them have been hurt and it takes time and patience for these two to fully open up to each other.
“I want to gouge his eyes out in one moment and then rip his clothes off in the next. He’s sweet, he’s an ass, he’s warm, he’s cold. He flirts, he scowls, he drives me absolutely crazy, but dammit if my heart doesn’t melt when he smiles.”
The witty banter between these two was hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed their inner dialogues. But what really stood out was how searing HOT these two were together. Talk about an incineration!!
If you’ve not read Tessa Teevan or this series, I highly recommend you do but start with the first book. If you’ve already read it then you know what I mean. I haven’t read book three, got sidetracked somewhere but this re-read was the perfect lead up to Inflame, Lucy and Kale’s story!
**An ARC generously provided by Tessa Teevan in exchange for an honest review.**“Sorry, sweetheart, but you’re going to have to hit a lot harder than that to leave a mark on my skin,” he prods, further irritating me, causing me to ball my hand into a fist again, ready to accept his challenge.
“Let’s get a couple of things straight here, asshole. First of all, when I introduced myself to you last night, did I say, ‘Hey, sexy, I’m Charlotte. I want a good fuck and you look just like the guy to give it to me’? Well, did I?” I ask, seething with anger as he hesitates to answer me. Sure, I may have thought about his lips on my skin, but I never would’ve gone home with him on the first night, no matter what Lucy advised me to do.
He blinks at me, looking from my fist to my face. “Uh…no?”
“Exactly, so you can forget that whole part of your argument, but thank God you’re so fucking noble that you won’t sleep with another man’s woman. Seriously. Fucking kudos. I’ll have to get you a cookie for that.” He snorts, and I glare at him, shutting him up. “So second of all, did you ever ask if I have a boyfriend? Not that it should matter to you since you blew me off when I simply told you my name, but did you ever ask if I had a boyfriend?”
Again, I get a blank stare before he lets out another, “No.”
“So then ask me.”
He clears his throat before he asks the question. “Charlotte, do you have a boyfriend?”
Giving him a sweet smile that’s still laced with venom, I answer him. “No, Knox, for your information, I do not have a boyfriend. I did, however, have a fiancé until a couple of months ago. It looks like we have one thing in common. I, like you, cannot stand cheaters.”
Tessa is a twenty something book junkie who loves creating books boyfriends as much as she loves reading them. Government worker by day, writer by night, she gets little sleep, but couldn't imagine her life any less hectic. She lives just outside of Dayton, Ohio and has been married to her own book boyfriend for nine years. If she’s not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. Her other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Stone Sour.