Blurb: At eighteen, Brenna Cooper turned her back on her boyfriend-hopping, drug-addicted mother. She fought her way from poverty and heartache into a life she’s proud to lead. Now twenty-two, Brenna has four years of hard work behind her and a bright future ahead of her. She’s careful and cautious and keeps her nose clean. Always. Or almost always anyway.
Five weeks ago, Brenna received some news that hit her hard and she slipped from the straight-and-narrow path.
It was just one mistake.
One too many shots of tequila.
One little one-night stand with her muscle-for-brains neighbor, Ian.
And it’s behind her.
Or it would be if it weren’t for the teeny, tiny matter of the positive pregnancy test.
Now, Brenna is terrified of following in her mother’s footsteps. She needs to tell Ian about the baby. Soon. And she needs help finding a way to do it.
Ridley James has a shady, crappy decision filled past. He’s the first to admit that the ages of thirteen to seventeen were nothing to be proud of. He bounced from foster home to foster home, girl to girl, and fake I.D. to fake I.D. Five years ago, though, his terminally ill aunt took him in and helped him turn his life around. Before she died, she made him promise a few things. Ridley would stay on the clean path she’d led him to. He’d stay out of trouble. Most importantly, though, he’d look out for her son – his cousin – Ian.
He was doing well.
Until he and Ian moved into his new house a month and half ago and they met his pretty, sweet – and drunk – neighbor.
Ridley knows his only choice is to pretend Brenna has no effect on him. Especially since she came flying out of Ian’s room the morning after their housewarming party, begging him to forget he ever saw her.
He was doing fine with that, too.
Until Brenna came asking for his help – in becoming Ian’s girlfriend.
Now, Ridley is trying to keep his hands and his feelings to himself, struggling to understand why a girl like Brenna is interested in his cousin at all, and fighting to keep his promises to his aunt.
The closer Brenna gets to Ridley, the farther she gets from making her confession to Ian. The more Ridley gets to know Brenna, the less control he has.
Both are keeping secrets. And neither is prepared for the truth.
Even with the unbelievably of the intentional misunderstandings going on ALL over this book for suspenseful purposes, I really loved it. The author would throw in those deliberate misunderstandings and I would get ready to throw the book, then….she would retreat just a smidgen, giving me a taste of the romance I so wanted to see. Thereby pulling my attention back in and making me want to finish the book.
Well played Amber Rides, well played indeed.
Brenna was so young and naive. I felt great pity for her, and not in a good way. I mean, it was expected she had no idea what she was doing since she had no mother figure in her life to teach her, but I don’t think she gave the other people in her life enough credit personally. She made up for her lack of knowledge in these types of situations by giving in to her uhm…baser desires. She was a super cute horn dog trying to force a square peg in a round hole and she failed, quite hilariously. The dialogue in this book is fricking fantastic by the way. And quite possibly saved me from DNF’ing this book on more than one occasion.
Ridley, man this dude was all kinds of hotness. Smart, vulnerable, strong, patient, understanding, loyal to his family and did I mention he bakes! Yes, please! He was a bit of a glutton for punishment but I’ll be damned if his weakness for helping Brenna didn’t just push right over the edge in love with him.
I had no idea this was the second in the series and now I want to go back and read the first one. I’m a fan and will certainly keep my eye out for more books by this author in the future.