Series: #2 Thompson and Sons
Genres: Erotic Romance
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His goal is to stand firm
As the middle child in a big family, Len Thompson has found it easy to slip under the radar. His relationships outside the family-run garage tend to run a mile wide but only an inch deep as he keeps his heart, body and soul protected. But when the one woman he’s always wanted makes it known she’ll soon be leaving town, he can’t resist letting her into his carefully constructed fortress.
Her gift is rocking his world
Chasing her best friend’s big brother has both entertained and frustrated Janey for years. She’s not sure what triggered his change of heart, but hell, yeah, she’ll accept it. All of it. Every kiss, every touch, every bit of body-shaking pleasure. Working to meet her renovation deadline is suddenly not nearly as interesting as the mind-blowing escapades she’s enjoying with the big sexy mechanic.
When old fears threaten, Len must finally choose—face his past or let their future crumble.
FTC : I requested this from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. The author is a frequent visitor to the blog and is a twitter friend.
There is a reason that I loved this book so much, a trope related reason that I cannot share as it is a bit of a spoiler… GOD-NAM IT!
Janey has wanted Len for what seems like forever, but he has always stayed away. She knows that he feels the connection between him but he’s also made it clear that he has no interest in acting upon it. When, one night, Len has to step in to save Janey from some would-be date-rapists, something between them changes. After spending time protecting and caring for her, he can no longer deny the powerful attraction that he feels. With a sell-by date on the relationship, due to her imminent departure from town, he feels that he can finally give into his urges and have some fun whilst protecting his heart. Honestly, when will these heroes ever learn?!…
I liked Janey. I liked that she knew what she wanted and was prepared to fight for it. I also enjoyed the fact that, even with the depth of feelings she had towards Len, she wasn’t prepared to let him walk all over her.She was a strong woman (as shown by her work) and she only bent so far to accommodate the sharp edges to her dream man. She accepted him for what he was, accepted all of his secrets and she never asked him to change, only to compromise for the sake of their relationship. I liked that she brought her own strength to the relationship, that she was the emotionally strong one who was the rock in their relationship. It was one of the many stereotype role reversals that ran through this book and I liked it!
Len was a completely different kettle of fish for me. At times he was everything I wanted a hero to be. He was gruff, strong and silent; he was just like the milk-tray man. Then other times, he was creating difficult situations for himself by completely over-reacting to situations. I know why he pushed all women away, I know that these were the actions of a man emotionally damaged from being a child but he constantly went to the worse possible outcome for any situation. It made for great reading but I just kept thinking how incredibly tiring it must being that high-strung. His secrets were many but they were terrible only to him; I just wanted to give him a massive cuddle every-time one was revealed.
The chemistry between these two characters was incredibly well written. The sex scenes, as I have come to expect, were scorching hot and on the page. If I had to pick a favourite, I’d have to pick a particularly panty-melting mutual masturbation scene … *fans*. There is something for everyone else with shower sex, anal play, dirty talk and sex over a classic truck. For a man with very few words, Len certainly knew some damn dirty ones.
The highlight of this book for me was in the last few chapters. I won’t spoil it but it made me swoon and go “awww” a lot (therefore gaining some funny looks!). It was a lovely resolution to the conflict.
Overall, I am truly enjoying this series. With a gruff man protecting his heart and a woman determined to get his attention, there was really only one way this was going to end but it was a damn fun ride getting there.