Series: Jackson: Girls' Night Out #2
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Romance, Small Town Romance
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There's no hiding from sizzling chemistry…
Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs . . . except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied U.S. marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.
Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.
I have had this book for longer then I care to admit, I think I picked it up and then forgot I did (but haven’t we all been guilty of that), so when I stumbled upon it again, it was the best happy accident. I loved the setting of the book, out away from big cities, in the woods, Isabelle West had been living a solitary life for a long time, and I don’t think she ever expected a U.S. Marshal to show up one day and throw a wrench into her life.
So Isabelle is so interesting to me. First of all, she has the strongest and initially strangest reaction to having a U.S. Marshall on her doorstep asking her if she has seen anything out of the ordinary. I mean she actually doesn’t believe this guy is who he says he is and is kind of openly hostile to him. Clearly she is hiding something or hiding from someone, and it just makes her all the more interesting. As the book goes on and she starts to let her guard down you get to know the real Isabelle. She’s fun and careful, super independent, and honestly, she says the funniest things. It’s like she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks so she says whats on her mind when its on her mind, and she thinks so dirty thoughts (which I loved!). I liked Isabelle, just completely liked her.
So Tom is the Marshall in question, and something about Isabelle sets of his “spidy sense”, he knows something is up with her but he doesn’t know what. He is in the area protecting a judge, which goes on for most of the book. But when he has downtime he is investigating Isabelle and trying to figure out why he has a feeling about her. He has this kind of complex about helping people, especially people who doesn’t seem to want to ask for help. In some regards it kind of annoyed me how he was so sure she needed his help, and he was just like a dog with a bone, mind you he was secretive about it the whole time, never saying anything to Isabelle not even when things with them picked up into the hot and heavy territory.
I loved the dynamic between Tom and Isabelle. I loved the way they flirted, the way they made each other laugh. The seriously steamed up the page. I was super invested in them as a couple. And when everything comes to a head, I felt for Isabelle, I mean I think I even teared up in a couple of places, the whole thing was just so heartbreaking. The writing was really good, and I was invested in the story the entire time. I was happy with the way things turned out. I have to say if you like contemporary romance books, then you really should pick up this book and give it a try, it was a great read for me.