Sometimes falling in love is the easy part…
A Rancho del Cielo Romance.
Locke Jackman is single, childless…and he has a bad case of empty nest syndrome. For years, as he fought tooth and nail to keep his brothers and sisters together after his parents died, his entire life was focused on his responsibilities.
Now his siblings have all moved on with their lives, and there’s no one around to distract him from his overpowering attraction to his sister’s best friend. Their mutual desire is stunning…but then again, so are the secrets keeping them apart.
Susie Packard’s nightmarish marriage taught her what happens when she gives in to her weakness for powerful men. Too bad the big, stoic frowner across the street—the one who sets her bells jangling just by breathing—has her in his sights.
Try as she might to keep her emotional distance, Locke is determinedly knocking down all her walls. But as much as she wants to be the woman he needs, she knows better than most— passion may have its rewards, but every secret has its price.
This book contains a hot, modern-day Viking seducing his way to the heart of his woman, a stubborn lingerie designer with a world of secrets and a very deep bathtub… Enjoy!
FTC Warning. I wasn’t paid for the review but did get it from the publicist. I consider myself of a fan of the series prior to reading it.
There are three things I love about this series;
One: No two books are alike. Some are angsty goodness and some are hilarious but all are fabulous
Two: They all leave me with that lovely feel good factor that makes me read them over and over again.
Three: The heroines are all fantastic.
This is the fifth addition to the series and I do recommend that you read the previous book before starting it to get introduced to the characters of Locke and Susie.
I don’t know how to do this review without adding spoilers but I’m going to try my blooming upmost. There is a plot point that I won’t disclose that occurs within the first 5% of the book but, still, it’s a doozy so I’ll leave it out of the review.
I loved the chemistry between Locke and Susie in The Virgins Revenge. In that tale, they blatantly had been harbouring some sexual feelings towards each other but, during the course of this latest addition to the series, these feelings explode. After one spectacular night together, Locke realises that Susie is the only woman that can make him happy. Convincing Susie of that is the issue…
Locke is one seriously swoon-worthy dude in need of some happiness. When his parents died, he took over the role of raising all his brothers and sister. At a very young age, he had his life, and future, put on hold to raise others and now that they are all grown he is at a loss as to what to do with himself. The only thing that he can truly say he wants is Susie and she is pushing him away with both hands and feet!
I adore Locke; he may be my second favourite hero in this series (my heart belongs to Raul). He is so emotionally aware that he instinctively knows how to treat her and the other players in this book. He is the ultimate protector character; strong, dependable and guaranteed to keep all the ones he loves safe. He is just what she needs and I honestly thought that she was good for him; she didn’t allow him the freedom that he got from his family. He was completely naive with affairs of the heart and got a few things wrong but, ultimately, he got it right in the end J
Susie is a lady with many many secrets. Her previous marriage left her with scars of the emotional and physical variety and she can never put down roots for the fear of him finding her again. When Locke starts to press for something more, she knows that she can’t give him what he needs. I adored her and her strength of character. I thought no less of her for her stance on moving on quickly; I can’t imagine being in such a situation and not having survival as my main priority. That being said, I didn’t know how it would be conducive to the telling of a love story. I don’t know why I ever question Dee Tenorio J
The romance between them is sweet and sexy. I loved the way that they fit together; Locke is the perfect man to help Susie learn to trust again. The story of their journey kept me hooked from start to finish and I know it will be another addition to my keeper shelf.
Another fabulous addition to the series, with another fantastic pairing for me to fall in love with. If you like your romance angsty and funny, this is a series I recommend!