Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.
Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She’s too much like his ex-fiancée, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that women like Reese don’t fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.
Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she’s working hard to prove she’s not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn’t admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all…
Who doesn’t love a book that begins with calamity? I know I love it when crazy things happen in the beginning, it just sets the book up to be all the more fun. We meet our heroine, Reese, right after she had a breakup with her jerk of a boyfriend, and all she can think about doing is getting rid of everything that reminded her of him, and come on, who hasn’t thought about doing that before? Of course setting fire to his stuff while in the middle of a forest, maybe not the best plan. Calamity ensues and before Reese knows it she is under arrest and sentences to rebuild the outhouse that she burned down. Great set up for romance!
So Reese and I, well let’s just say I could identify with some of her issues. Reese often times find it easier to just go along with what the more overbearing people in her life want her to do, like her dad, and her now very ex boyfriend. She’s really well off financially but she isn’t really doing anything that she loves, she always had a passion for writing and it was always just kind of brushed to the side by other people. The great thing about Reese though is that she is starting to see that about herself and she really wants to change, she wants to live her life the way she wants to and not the way other people tell her to. So this new experience of building an outhouse in a small town is actually just what she needed to start figuring out what she wanted in life. The other thing that really worked for me about Reese is her dog, she is a fantastic dog owner, and anyone who loves their pets as much as I do, is okay in my book.
Now our hero, Wade, has some serious hang ups going on, let me tell ya. He’s a good guy, he’s devoted to his job, has a great relationship with his grandmother, and is just a nice guy in general. But man oh man did he let one bad relationship shift the way he looks at everything. He dated a woman who basically was only interested in money and really made him feel inadequate, she left him with a mountain of debt and a jaded few on life, and women in particular. For the most part, I liked Wade, but his hangs up made me have hang ups about him. I mean he is so worried about feeling inadequate that he just jumps to conclusions all the time, better to get out before you get burned I suppose.
Overall this was a really cute romance. I liked the relationship between Reese and Wade and how it developed from Wade’s immense distrust and confrontation attitude in the beginning to something fun. These people did a great job of opening up the world for each other, in ways I don’t think either of them really expected. They had really great chemistry, were fun to read, and easy to root for. If you like sweet romances with a hot law man, this might be the book for you.
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“So what were you so intent on destroying yesterday that you almost burned my park down?”
A faint blush crept up her neck. “Some stupid mementos from my ex-boyfriend.”
“When did you break up?”
She consulted her watch. “About twenty-four hours ago.”
“Ah. You seemed more angry than broken-hearted. Did he choose someone else?”
“Yeah, himself.” She let out a sigh. “Brock cared more about himself than he did me. His needs always came first, and then he told me what I needed. It took me a long time to see that I have my own wants. My own needs. And he wasn’t one of them. Neither he nor my father are very happy about my decision.”
Wade’s gut twisted as she spoke the words wants and needs. He’d known her such a short time, but he knew he wanted her already.
But needing her was a different story. He definitely did not need the complication of a woman on the rebound. A woman who lived a lifestyle that he couldn’t even comprehend.
A spray of water shot from the falls, and Reese laughed and stepped back into him. His arms came up to steady her and then she was twisting, tipping her head up, her emerald- colored eyes shining with an invitation to take her.
And it was too much.
He pulled her to him, crushing her lips and filling his hands with her sweet, lush body.
She pressed against him, wrapping her arms around his neck and matching his desire with hers. She tasted like mint and smelled like summer.
And she felt so damn good.
Desire engulfed him, and he yearned to lay her in the grass and get her beneath him. To explore and touch her exquisite body. He ran his hands down her back, pulling her closer as he feasted on her mouth, giving way to the brazen thoughts that had consumed him all day.
He slid one hand up the back of her shirt. She moaned against his mouth, arching her back and pressing her breasts up. Her skin was soft, and he wanted to rip her shirt from her body and feel her bare flesh against his.
The scuffs of hiking boots in the dirt interrupted his thoughts, and he broke away from Reese as a couple of middle-aged women rounded the corner to the overlook.
Breathing hard, he nodded at the hikers, then turned toward the falls to hide his obvious arousal.
The women passed, and one gave him a knowing smile. She leaned into her companion as they walked by. “That’s the kind of ranger I’d like to teach me about some birds and some bees.”