Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare...
Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her...down to the very soul.
This book has been in my TBR for the longest time and I have only heard good things about it. So I thought I'd have some delayed gratification because I'm sure the book couldn't turn bad as it waited.
Of course, it didn't. But now I could hit myself for waiting this looong to read it because I love, love, love Braden Carmichael. I mean, what is there not to love? He was a romantic, caring man who knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to use whatever underhanded tactics to get them. I loved that he was the one who kept things together between him Jocelyn, who never gave up even during those times when I felt like I wanted to throw my ebook reader in frustration.
Which brings me to Jocelyn...that even with all my frustration in her character, I just couldn't bring myself not to like her. Her character was relatable and saying that I didn't like her would be akin to saying I don't like myself. But I loved it right in the end when she was willing to risk all of what she has gotten used to in her comfort zone and decided to be take the plunge to be happy with Braden. It couldn't have been easy.
This was one of those books that I was glad was part of a series because I just know that sooner or later, I would really like to take a peek at how these two were doing as stories in their circle go along.
And I think I may have mentioned in one of my previous reviews that I have a thing for endearments...and 'babe' abso-freakin'-lutely melts my insides like butter. There's another point for this book, babe.
Final verdict: 9/10. Great read, must have.