This hero-centric story is a little darker than O’Reilly’s previous novels, but with enough room to display the sexy humour I so love in her work.
The set-up of this novel is a little convoluted. Amanda Sedgewick is desperate to discourage the attentions of Avery Barrington, so she turns to his brother, Joe, to act as a decoy. When it becomes clear that Avery just won’t get the hint, Joe reluctantly agrees to help. Little does he know that Amanda’s always been, well, interested in him—but it doesn’t take him long to figure it out.
Meanwhile, Joe has feelings of inadequacy, having lived in his brother’s shadow all his life, and he can’t quite convince himself that he can give Amanda everything she needs.
The story is a little darker than O’Reilly’s previous novels, but there’s enough room to display the sexy humour I so love in her work.
The roller coaster started to climb up the long, long hill, creaking all the way, the chain grating against the steel track. And Amanda slid a pair of Whisper Pink Second Skin Hipsters down her long, long legs.
‘But you see,’ she went on, ignoring his heart attack in the making, ‘I can change. You can change. What we think we are,’ she held up the panties like a battle flag, ‘isn’t always what we have to be.’
Two boys behind them clapped Joe on the back. ‘Dude!’
The car stopped, poised in midair.
Amanda stared him down.
Joe couldn’t move, couldn’t think, couldn’t breathe.
One pair of Whisper Pink Hipsters billowed in the breeze.
And then the car dropped down the hill, gravity taking over, and the one pair of Hipsters swirled away.
Oh, God. He was trapped on a roller coaster with Amanda in black leather, no panties and a ‘take-no-prisoners’ gleam in her eyes.
The conflicts in the story centre more on Joe’s issues rather than Amanda’s, and he’s not your typical successful-in-everything alpha hero. At times he was frustrating and his actions weren’t always easy to understand, but it was entertaining to see him trying not to succumb to Amanda’s seduction.
Yay or nay?
This isn’t my favourite O’Reilly book, but it might work for those who like her more angsty Blazes. The hero is occasionally frustrating and his actions aren’t always easy to understand, but it’s entertaining to see him trying not to succumb to Amanda’s seduction.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the author.