My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thalia is twenty-one and has just finished her sophomore year of college, and is trying to avoid going home to her stifling parents who have a curfew of nine every night, and have a bad habit of treating her like she’s still ten years old. Her new boyfriend, Liam, invites her to spend the summer with him and his family, so as she’s been unable to find a local job to keep her at college, Thalia jumps at the chance. Liam tells her that she can be his guest at his brother, Jack’s, wedding at the end of the summer.
Jack is twenty-five and feels as though he’s drowning. He’s engaged to Mia, against his will, because it’s always been drilled into him, family comes first. Jack’s studying for a law degree, and wants to go out on his own once he graduates, specializing in criminal law. His father wants him to accept a junior partnership in the law firm owned jointly by him and Lewis, his fiancées father, to practice family law.
Then he meets his brother’s girlfriend, Thalia, and he can’t get her out of his head. He needs her to keep her distance, because every time she smiles in his direction, he wants to carry her to his room and do really naughty things to her.
Then Saturday night arrives and Liam takes Thalia to a new bar that has opened on the outskirts of town, where she discovers Jack’s big secret. By day he’s the good looking, slightly older brother with a chip on his shoulder, who gives her hot looks, and by night he’s Phoenix, singer/guitar player for bad boy group ‘Deception’, who makes her sizzle to the core!
He has muscle.
He has tattoos.
He has piercings.
He has a mouth that makes her panties wet every time he opens it. He is supposed to be getting married.
He is also her boyfriend’s brother….
This is one of the rare books that is going to get a half star from me. My actual rating is 3.5.
I’ll admit that prior to starting this book, I felt a book funk coming on. I hate that feeling, nothing was appealing to me. But once I read the description of this book, it started screaming at me. I started it immediately. What’s not to love? A bad boy who’s got tattoos and piercings. Throw in the fact that he’s a musician (of the unfamous variety ) and I’m hooked.
I wanted to love this book, and there were pars that I did love. But as I was reading, I couldn’t help but think that while the premise was good, the execution was off. Things just didn’t come together for me.
I really did like Jack until I hit somewhere near the 50% mark. Then he turned into an indecisive yo-yo and there’s only so much I can take of that. By the end, I had lost interest and didn’t care if he got his HEA. If I had been Thalia, I would have walked away from him.
Something else that bothered me was Thalia suddenly calling Jack by his former nickname (Phoenix). I didn’t like the change and found it kind of cheesy. It just didn’t fit. No one else called him that (anymore) and she didn’t know him when they did call him Phoenix in the past.
There were also some inconsistencies with Jack’s parents. They were set up as jerks from page one, then in the end they were completely ok with everything. Now, granted, it’s nice to see supportive parents, but their actions didn’t fit with the people I had come to know.
Even with my issues, I would read more from this author and more of this series. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Reece and Donovan.