Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love Triangle, Military, New Adult, Romance, Stepbrother Romance
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Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that’s all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She’s still her rich daddy’s little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she’s still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn’t resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?
Lily is about to marry a man she doesn’t love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson’s timing couldn’t be worse . . . or better. Because Lily’s all grown up, too. She’s aching for another taste. And for the first time, she’s ready to be a bad girl.
Step-brother romances really seem to be the thing right now, don’t get me wrong I do enjoy some of them, and some of them not so much. This one unfortunately fell into the not so much category for me.
So in this book while Lily and Jackson are step-siblings, they didn’t grow up together, spent very little time together because Jackson took off, and when the book starts they haven’t seen each other in like seven years. So there isn’t much of a family relationship dynamic going on with these two.
Their story is kind of a second chance romance, Lily and Jackson shared one kiss a long time ago, and where Lily’s dad walked in on them, Jackson was kicked out and never looked back. Lily did write Jackson a lot over the years but he never engaged with her, even though the letters meant a lot to him.
So Jackson is back in his hometown after being injured in the military, which is the last place he wants to be. After running into Lily, she invited him to move in with her and he accepts. Of course this is just a recipe for the impending hook up. Jackson was likable for the most part. I get how and why he wanted to get away from his mother and stepfather, his mother is honestly horrible to him. And he made a good life for himself, yeah he is dealing with some issues after being in war, but overall he is a good guy.
Lily on the other hand I just couldn’t stand. First of all she’s like basically a puppet who just does whatever anyone tells her to do, super annoying. She is convinced that she has to continue doing what she is told or the lives of other people will be irreparably harmed, which I’m sorry, I never bought into. She’s basically engaged to a jerk of a guy who apparently is involved with someone else and oh did I mention she actually has no real relationship with at all. I didn’t like how she was willing to basically be pushed around her whole life by her father because she can’t seem to stand her own ground, but the first time she does stand her ground is basically to hurt the guy who she claims to be in love with, it just didn’t sit well with me.
The whole story didn’t really read as believable to me, I wish it had, it just didn’t. While I did like Jackson, pretty much all other aspects of the book I didn’t really care for.