Hot and cold story with strong heroine making the hero grovel and work for it.
3 stars for the first 50% and 4 stars for the last 50%
This ARC has been kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
First work by this author. I love discovering new authors! The lower rating has nothing to do with her writing but rather with my personal taste in male characters.
Kristy Marie sent me the prologue to give me a taste of her book. I was hooked. I loved being in Anniston’s head. This is told from three POV; Anniston, Theo and Cade. It had me very hopeful about the story. But past the prologue I sometimes wondered if I was watching Geographic channel or some David Attenborough ‘s show because it was mating season with head butting between angry and possessive males very determined to win or keep Anniston.
I practically growl. “Stay away from my girl.” He smiles, pushing me back with his chest, and whispers, “Make me.”
Honestly if Theo could have peed on her leg to mark his territory he would have. He did it in fact, kind of…. I was sometimes bewildered!
If you love books with male characters fighting for the female’s heart this is just your next fix!
Theo and Anniston have been friends for a looooong time but secretly harbored amorous feelings. Theo made a huge mistake some years ago hurting Anniston in the process and now he is in the dog house or rather “friends with benefits” house even if he wants more.
I have to say that the girl can hold a grudge like a champ! Make him grovel for what he’s done. I love a good groveling 😊
Anniston is what you would call “one of the boys”. Is it weird that I heard Katy Perry singing “One of the Boys” in my head many times while reading????
Anniston is gorgeous inside and out. She is a badass chick used to hold her ground with big bad males. As Theo’s personal doctor (I forgot to mention that he was a pro playing baseball) she constantly flies between her home town and wherever Theo has to play.
She’s been orphaned and without family for a long time and she has organized her life around Theo’s. Now she wants to do something for herself not always for Theo. She needs it. It will happen when she’ll meet Cade.
When Cade came into the story I was ready to hate him! I don’t like love triangle. But Kristy Marie chose a character impossible to hate! I won’t tell much about him as I don’t want to spoil your fun but just know that the situation he was in had me going all mama bear on him.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful. I just don’t want this woman wasting her time and money on someone like me. There are other people who deserve her kindness.
Cade has feelings for Anniston and Theo won’t be pleased at all. Hence the pissing contest.
As the time passed I became tired of Theo’s antics and his caveman attitude.
“You want Anniston, but you demean her and parade her around like some kind of trophy. She gave up her life for you and you don’t even care. You are the most selfish person I know.”
I love alphas but it really felt like chest puffing… until something changed in the story. New players came in the field and Theo could relax his stance. That’s not to say I fell in love with Theo unfortunately as the competition was not even. I love broken heroes and Cade had his share of drama impersonating my perfect fantasy book boyfriend. Sorry Theo but Cade is my personal winner.
As far as Anniston is concerned now I loved that girl! So much more mature than Theo in my eyes. She is the kind of female character that I love: all badass, commanding and kicking ass. She had all these big hunks licking her hand like good dogs LOL. What I could not understand is why she accepted Theo’s antics? I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. Cherry on top what Anniston achieved was truly commendable and I really liked that side of the story.
To spice things up the author added a threat and the second part of the book had me more invested. I wanted to know what would happen not only between Anniston and Theo but with all the men in the story.
More men in the story you say? Yes! And these side characters were really interesting and loveable. I wanted to know more about them. I wanted them all to have Anniston. An orgy maybe? I’m joking here but what I mean is all these men deserve their HEA and their own story.
Conclusion: hot and cold story with strong heroine making the hero grovel and work for it. I did not like the hero but it’s a matter of taste. The second part flowed better than the first 50 %. Maybe the author needed some time to find her mojo?
Recommend it? I would say it depends on what floats your boat. This book already got some very good rating so give it a chance and make your own opinion.
A big thank you to Kristy Marie for her trust and to Jessica who worked her behind off to have this all ready and rolling!
Thanks for reading!