Series: Vegas Nights #2
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Law Enforcement, Romance, Workplace Romance
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Detective Adrian Potter had a lot to answer for. I didn’t care that he was tasked with shutting down the city’s most prolific hookers.
I cared that he was stopping me from providing for my daughter.
He didn’t care.
Not at all.
Until I broke down in the backseat of his car… And he let me go.
Adrian was a single parent, too. He knew how hard I had it. At least, he thought he did.
He had a job. He had people who cared. He didn’t know just how lucky he was.
My name is Perrie Fox.
I was a whore of the highest value.
Until Detective Adrian Potter.
Until the tattooed, redemption-seeking detective entered my life, looking for his fairytale.
The cop and the hooker.
Happily ever fucking never.
You’ve met one Fox sibling.
Now meet the other…
I don’t know why, but I didn’t think I was going to super love this book. I knew I was going to like it, I really love Emma’s writing style and she has a fabulous sense of humor. But for some reason, I thought this book wasn’t going to be over the top awesome, I think it was pair up of prostitute and detective on the anti-prostitute task force, it seemed so opposite it was almost cliche. But as I read I really, really liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The characters in the book are so much deeper than the one line career description lets on, and they had a lot of moments that really pulled out the emotional stops.
Perrie, if you read the previous book in the series, is Damien Fox’s sister, estranged sister. She comes from super, mega money, but was basically banished to the outside when she turned up pregnant. So she’s a single mom of a 7 year old, Lola, she lives in a not so nice neighborhood, and she has sex for money. I think what sets her apart from the idea of what a prostitute is going to be like, is how she really is just a normal mom, who wants to put food on the table, and make her kid live in a world that’s as good as she came make it. It’s pointed out many times in the book how her house looks like it doesn’t below in the neighborhood because of how well tended it is, and how the inside of her house is nice, she puts in the effort. It’s why it’s easy to like her, she comes off as just a tell it like it because I don’t have time for nonsense kind of woman, who devotes herself to her daughter. It’s easy to see why Adrian would let her go when he arrests her.
Perrie is really easy to like. And don’t get me wrong, I love Adrian and Perrie together, but didn’t love some of the decisions that Adrian makes along the way. I get the choices he makes, they are definitely true to who he is and what his past entails, but doesn’t mean I liked them. I mean it starts off well with him letting Perrie go. But the very next day he shows up on her doorstep and basically blackmails her into working for him as an informant, I mean do it or go to jail feels like blackmail to me. And when she shows up to do the job, because she doesn’t want to lose her daughter, she is clearly upset about it, she understands these women, the situations that put them in the position to be out selling their bodies, she feels bad about doing it. And Adrian’s response is basically suck it up and do your job I don’t want to hear it. I get he has a jaded look about things, but it felt really pushy. There was a situation at the end where he upset Perrie a lot, and I have to say I was 100% on her side, and wish that whole thing had resulted with more of her being angry about it, because if I were her I would be livid! All that aside, he’s a great dad. He’s great with his son Zac, he is super good with Lola, he is the epitome of kid friendly. He’s a nice guy, with a good job, and he brings out some really good traits with Perrie, so it’s hard not to love them together and hope that their two families can be blended into one.
Overall, I thought the book was really good, it was a fun read, it never got boring, and Lola and Zac are just so cute and adorable together. I love how well Emma Hart writes kids. The chemistry was great, the storyline was great, it was good to see Dahlia and Damien again, just all around a good read for me.