Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Boyfriend ~ 6/28/14 PLUS review

Join the Book Boyfriend meme
  • Pick your book boyfriend for the week
  • Current read or not
  • Tease us with something about your boy
  • Don't spoil the book
  • Link up with us
  • Visit the other book boyfriend posts

So my book boyfriend for the week is


Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them . . . was each other.


Let me tell you...

Sexy boy...

Seeing him want me just as badly as I want him has me licking my own swollen lips, and his eyes follow the slow movement of my tongue.  Then suddenly, I'm no longer standing.  He lifts me into his arms and presses my back against the painted wall behind us.  Opening my thighs to wrap around his waist, I shiver again as the new closeness brings friction to my most needy area.

Wounded but not broken...

He's cocky but wounded, charming but lonely, with the sureness of a wealthy man and the desperation of a pauper.

He's a force...

I smile back, grateful he doesn't try to convince me otherwise.  I'd surely give in if he did. Because Daren affects me.  Every other guy on the planet is just that: a guy.  But Daren is a force. And I am a feather.

He loves the book Holes...

It was the same Christmas that our housekeeper, Marcella, gave me a copy of the book Holes.  It's about a boy who digs seemingly pointless holes as a punishment for something he didn't even do wrong.  I was obsessed with the book; I must have read it ten times, and talked about it every day.

He sees Kayla...

He leans in a bit so our faces are just an inch apart and sinks his eyes deep into mine.  Then quietly he says, "I see you."

For a moment, I'm too stunned to speak and incredibly moved by the fact that he listened last night when I spoke about my appearance. His words are more than just a response, they're a gesture, and aside from throwing myself into his arms, I don't know what to do with them.


When I read the first book in this series, Best Kind of Broken, I was a little disappointed with the beginning of the book.  And because I have so many books to read, I rarely give an author a second chance so I wasn't sure I'd read this one.  But I talked to a blogger friend, Jessica from Just A Book Lover, and we decided to read it together.  I'm so glad we did.

I had the chance to meet and talk to the author at UtopYA and after talking to her I really wanted to read this one.  So Jess and I started it one night and finished it the next.

It's so fun to buddy read with Jess.  We have a running text messages going about what we think about the story, who we love and hate (and the hate list was LONG), and what we think is going to happen.  Too many spoilers to share that but needless to say, we were blowing up the text messages.  So much fun!

Kayla and Daren both believe the other is rich and snobby when the exact opposite is true of both.  Kayla's deceased father has left them a scavenger hunt to find their inheritance with the hitch that they are handcuffed together.  Yeah, that was fun.

There's serious chemistry between them.  Daren kisses her the night before and such close quarters makes for some interesting scenes.  They begin to figure each other out, puzzling together what they thought they knew and what they see from the other.  It's a sweet story of understanding someone else and then accepting the sparks flying between both of you.

My only issues were some little logistic problems when they were cuffed together.  We knew who was on what side and things didn't always line up for me.  I really wanted to see the scene where they figured out how to go pee while cuffed together.  Did get a shower scene, though.  

Overall, I enjoyed this one so much more than the first book.  I love both characters, wanted to slap them silly at one point and was thrilled with the ending.  I'm excited to see what comes next in this series.  I'm happy that Amber is going to get her own book.  Really love some of the supporting characters.

This book can be read stand alone, so if you just love a great story with some laughing and kissing then this is one to pick up.

Have a book boyfriend?  Link up with us...


  1. Daren sounds all kinds of yummy. I really should start this series.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. I love buddy reading and exchanging texts about the book! It's so fun! I'm glad you liked this one more than the first. I can see how being handcuffed together, and on a scavenger hunt can make for a humorous story! Daren sounds like a great book boyfriend! A man that loves to read is sexy, and I really enjoyed Holes too. He sounds like the full package :)

  3. Gotta love a boy who reads...even if it is about Holes.

  4. Great pick! I read these out of order and read the second one first. I'm going to have to go back and read this one.

  5. You have me excited about reading this!

  6. I read the first book and it didn't exactly live up to my expectations although I did enjoy it. I think I'll try reading the sequel sometime because it does sound good. Nice review and thanks for the teasers!