Series: Fool's Gold #13
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.
Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.
Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.
So I am new to this series, which apparently has been going on for 12 books prior to this one, but to be completely honest I didn’t feel like I stepped into a series where I felt like I didn’t belong. I think it helps that in this book both of the characters in the book seem to be newcomers to the town, so because of that it you as the reader get to discover the town along with them and start to belong at the same as the characters do, so if you are wary about reading this book because its so far into the series, you shouldn’t let it stop you, it’s a good read.
So I really liked Taryn, she’s a strong career woman, surrounded by a bunch of men but yet she’s clearly the one in charge, even though the men in her life all seem to be alpha types. I liked that her partner in her business is her ex-husband and that they have such a great relationship with each other, I would easily say that her friendships with the men she works with are some great ones that really stood out to me. I liked that Tayrn wanted to give back to the community that so willingly accepted her into their small town, she really does have such a kind heart even if she has a tough exterior.
Angel is one of those great tortured alpha man types, and I fall for them every time. They author makes a point to point out a very noticeable scar that he has at every chance, but I love how no one in town judged him for it or pushed him aside, everyone was just so accepting. Angel lost his family, and understandably he has a hard time dealing with that loss, but Taryn is so understanding and like her he has a great set of friend that really care about him.
As for the romance element in the book, Angel and Taryn are pretty steamy and they have great chemistry. But more than that they compliment each other in life not just in the bedroom, and I think that’s what makes them so great to read. It’s funny how closed off these two people are, how much they don’t want to get caught up in something super series, but at the same time they have a hard time not bonding with each other because the two of them just work as a pair.
I would highly recommend this book, it’s really a great read. And more than that, I have to say that I think the secondary characters, all the townspeople really make this book come alive. There are so many interesting people that really put both Angel and Tayrn in some great situations that make you connect with them on so many levels, not just a romance one. If you are into contemporary romance then you have to try out this book, I know I will be on the lookout for more books by this author.