Series: Life and Love on the Lam #4
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports, Thrillers
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Mazie Maguire doesn’t need some lousy awards panel to tell her what she already knows: Ben Labeck—the chiseled, 6'3" photojournalist and hockey player who drives her wild—is the Sexiest Man Alive. And she especially doesn’t need the rest of the world to know it, too. Watching every last woman in the Milwaukee metro area throw themselves at the man who shares Mazie’s bed is more than any respectable single lady should bear.
So when Ben has the nerve to “forget” to call for a week, Mazie decides to call it off for good. But as she jumps back into the dating game, Mazie catches the attention of some real bad boys: The Skulls. When the motorcycle gang kidnaps Mazie in a case of mistaken identity, she suddenly sees Ben’s behavior in a whole new light. She’d do anything to wake up in Ben’s surprisingly tender arms one more time—so long as the Sexiest Man Alive doesn’t go and get himself killed trying to save her.
This is actually one of the few series I wish I had read the books prior to reading this book. I’ve gotten really used to jumping in and out of book series, and most of the time it’s fine, but in this series I think I really would have benefited from reading the previous books. It’s not that you can’t read this book without reading the others, its more that it took longer for me to get into the book because I didn’t know the characters the way that I think the author intended going into this book.
That being said I really did end up liking the book once I got into it. I think the best part of this book is the humor. I thought that the inner monologues of the characters were really kind of hilarious, especially in how they react to each other. It’s clear to me that the author has a great sense of humor and is able to translate it really well into books. Also the humor really keep the pace of the book up, it kept things from lagging along.
Mazie was an interesting bit of contradiction to me. She is really goofy, which I loved, but there is a lot more to her character than just that. She’s really strong and independent, and on top of that she’s also very set in her ways. But at the same time she is also insecure and jealous, it makes for a really interesting combination. I think what I liked about Mazie is that she is just easy to identify with, I think people, women in particular, have a hard time not comparing ourselves to other people and having insecurities because of it, and I think Mazie was a great example of that kind of behavior. But at the same time she is a really strong person, which I liked, so it worked for me.
I liked Ben. Sure he does some stuff in the book I didn’t complete love, but he’s a person, and it’s understandable to see why he did/felt certain ways during various times in the book. Throughout the course of the book you really start to understand how he feels about Mazie, and Ben realizes how much she means to him, but the book is process of him getting to that point. After he is named sexiest man alive, I’ll admit it, he lets it go to his head a little bit. But even when I sometimes wanted to shake him, he just came across like a good guy, so it was easy to give him the benefit of the doubt that he was going to come around to a good place.
Overall I thought this was a cute and funny read. I wish I had read the others books first, so while I do recommend this book, I wholeheartedly recommend starting at the beginning of the series first.