Series: Searching For #4
Published by Simon and Schuster Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Love to Hate, Romance, Small Town Romance
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She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog. And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.
I have to say I was looking forward to this book quite a bit because I really loved the previous book with Gen and Wolfe. And honestly that book really was a great set up for Arilyn and Stone, you could tell that the two of them had some serious chemistry going on between them, if only they could get past the fast that they seem to annoy each other by simply breathing. Needless to say I was totally looking forward to their story.
So Arilyn is coming out of a bad relationship when this book starts, and it’s kind of a sad situation. I mean she had been with this guy for like ever, but never called him by name to his friend, and she never introduced him to anyone, she was basically a mistress except he wasn’t married. I can’t imagine what that would do to someone, being shoved aside and hidden like that. I really wanted her to find happiness with someone who wasn’t afraid to put the two of them out there. You can tell early on in the book that she is really just a good person, and anyone who rescues dogs is good in my book (after all that’s how I ended up with my six dogs). But that’s not saying that she doesn’t have traits that kind of annoy me, she’s a little to hippie for me with the chakras and vegan agenda and crystals and all that. Sorry just not my thing. I could see how she would be slightly annoying, so when Stone shows up eating fried foods just to annoy her, I was all for it and laughed out loud. That being said, I still wanted good things for her.
I liked Stone. He’s a bit of a hard a$$, and I get why. He sees a lot of hard things in his job as a cop, and after getting his backstory I can understand why domestic abuse calls, especially when children are involved, would be a trigger for him to have some serious anger issues. I liked his sense of humor, or should I say sarcasm in this book. A lot of what he says and thinks in the book is what I would be saying or thinking, I have to admit I loved the drawing her did instead of a journal at his anger management class of the cop practicing the breathing techniques. You have to admit the guy does have a point, although I get her’s as well.
The chemistry with these two is really good, they have that who we annoy each other so much that we don’t even like each other but I’m so attracted to you I just can’t help myself thing going for them, and it really works. I will admit that I wish the book was a teeny bit faster paced in the beginning, I think I could have gotten into quicker if it was, but other than that I think it’s a great addition to the series and I really did like it.