Series: Barnes Brothers #2
Published by Berkley Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, New Adult, Romance, Tattoos
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Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.
As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.
I love a tattooed girl, heck, I love a tattooed guy, maybe it’s because I’m tattooed myself, but either way I love it. There were a lot of things about this book that I enjoyed, the whole wedding scene start up, the mystery surrounding Keelie, and the Barnes family and all of their different personalities.
So part of what I liked so much about this book was Keelie. When the book starts Keelie is at a wedding of the guy she has liked for a long time, so clearly that whole thing did not work out. It does seem a bit awkward that she is at the at Zach’s wedding after she kissed him, but on the plus side it seems like the two of them have been able to put the whole kissing thing behind them, especially since Keelie felt nothing when she kissed the guy she thought she liked. Little does she know but Zach’s brother Zane has always liked her, and has no problem asking her out all the time, of course she takes the whole thing as a bit of a joke, much to Zane’s dismay.
Keelie is tattooed and very pretty from her description. She also seems to be a bit more on the reserved side, but I think that comes from her past. It’s like she is trying to be as under the radar as she can be, she doesn’t want anyone to really notice her too much. It’s clear from early on in the book that she is hiding something about her past, and it definitely makes her nervous. The whole mystery behind her and her past totally kept me interested in the book, I also really liked how much her friends care about her and are willing to go to bat for her. I think that says a lot about a person.
Now as for Zane, he definitely gives off a hot Clark Kent vibe, which surprisingly worked for me. It easy to see that Zane is just a really good guy, and I liked how patient he was with Keelie and getting her to see him as something more and start to open up to him. He has some great moments where it is clear that he is more than just a reserved guy, he’s got some tough guy buried in him and he has no problem bringing it out when he needs to, especially to protect Keelie.
Keelie and Zane have great chemistry together, and I will admit to pulling for these two from the very beginning of the book. They were super cute together, and the author did such a great job at amping up the anticipating and angst. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I would easily recommend it.