Series: Compromise Me #2
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fake Relationship, Law Enforcement, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.
Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.
Small town sheriffs, ah, just something about those three words really work for me lately. I liked a good hot cop scenario, and oh boy did this book start off with a hot cop scenario. There were a lot more elements to this book other than the fact that the hero was a cop though, I actually felt like there was a decent of angst for lack of a better word. Both characters really wanted their lives to go a certain way and worked as hard as they could to get there, but the anxiousness of whether or not they would get what they wanted was heavy in the foreground.
So Laurie and our hot cop Ethan have a past. Laurie is from the bad side of town with a mom who, well, let’s just say all cops in town know who her mom is. And then we have Ethan who is from the good side of town and comes from money, and works as a sheriff because he wants to do good things for his community. They meet when Laurie is a minor and he is busting her for underage drinking. She makes a pass at him, he tells her come back in 10 years and things might end differently. So 10 years later, Ethan is on a mission, and that mission is Laurie.
The thing about Laurie is that she is really driven by this need to not be her mother, to be an upstanding citizen within the community. This has really taken her far, she owns her own business, has a fairly new car, she’s well liked, but she avoids relationships. That’s not to say she avoids men, she likes men, she just likes them in short spurts, with no commitments. Of course that’s before Ethan finally steps up to the plate.
A lot of things go wrong for Laurie in this book. The new year starts off great, and then she wakes up and not only is her mom basically blackmailing her but her business burns down. To say she’s basically bankrupt would be an understatement. Everything she has worked for hangs in the balance. And thank you handsome sheriff for stepping up to the plate. I loved that about him. It makes me wonder how long he was legitimately pinning away for Laurie. He comes up with this whole scheme to get Laurie to accept his help, but pretending to be his girlfriend, of course it’s only pretend for her.
I love the kind push pull going on between Laurie and Ethan. Laurie coming out of her shell, trying to learn that letting people in isn’t the end of the world. I liked Laurie, but I loved Ethan. And I don’t know about you guys, but I really enjoy the whole fake relationship thing, but I also really liked how much family was involved in this book. I thought this was a really cute romance, and I would without a doubt read more books by this author in the future.