Series: Finding Fate #2
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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.
I’m a fan of Chelsea Fine, I really enjoy her new adult books. I really liked the first book in the series, Best Kind of Broken, so I was ready for the sequel. I have to admit this is not to first book I have read where characters are handcuffed together, but it’s definitely the first where the characters are handcuffed together for days because of a will. It was definitely an original concept, and it worked pretty well in my opinion.
First off, the book starts at a funeral. Kayla’s dad has passed away, a man Kayla has little relationship with for the past several years. So when she shows up to the reading of the will she’s more then shocked to find Daren, the kid who used to take care of her dad’s landscaping there as well. And things get even weirder from there, they have to be handcuffed together if they want to get the inheritance that her dad left them.
Both Kayla and Daren have preconceived notions of who each other are, and it turns out they couldn’t be further from the truth. But both of them are stubborn and proud and so it takes a good chunk of time before the two of them find out the full messy truth of each others situations. In the beginning they are both pretty sarcastic and at times hostile to each other, but they also have this kind of magnetic pull to each other, and chemistry that they neither of them can really deny. Which definitely makes things interesting to say the least.
In truth this book has a lot of heartbreaking moment, there is a deep sense of sadness in both Kayla and Darren, especially for Kayla as she starts to find out that the things she thought she knew she really didn’t. But the best part about the book is the longer that Kayla and Daren are stuck together the more they start to open up about the truth of their lives. And more then that they also seem to see through each others inherent insecurities and hang ups, and both of them bolster each other up, and its really sweet to watch the two of them evolve together.
I really did enjoy this book, I am a big fan of Chelsea Fine’s writing style, and while I have to say I liked the first book in the series a tiny bit more than this one, this one was a great addition the series and I am looking forward to the third book. So if you are looking for a good new adult romance, check out this book.