Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.
Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.
Well, well, well….. Jumping into a series at book #3 had me a bit concerned…but I need not have been! Each story is a stand-alone but they do intersect at one point in time. Within pages of the beginning, I was hooked. The characters (Jenna and Jack) are engaging and likeable in their own way. Though at times I did get a bit tired of Jenna fighting her attraction to Jack…get on with it already girl…you have a hunk of a guy!.
Jenna’s ruminations about Jack….makes a girl just want to swoon 🙂
“It’s a manly voice, husky and rough, yet somehow beautiful as it drifts my way and caresses my ears. It’s always been my kryptonite for me, much like his omniscient eyes, and in many ways it’s more powerful than even his hands, which is saying something.”
I found the love story gripping. Jack knows and freely admits his love for Jenna, but she is a skittish gal….her vision of her life is to NOT fall in love. She sees that as a sign of weakness, which will only derail her plans for her future. What she obviously does not realize is that love with the right man will enhance her life and plans, not detract. And her grandma (what a character!!!) plans to make sure Jenna figures this out! It is the story of love…but it is so much more.
I really enjoyed the storyline of Jack rescuing his younger brother. The trouble Drew got himself caught up in is a classic story of a forgotten son trying to obtain the love and acknowledgement of his father…..no matter how much of a scoundrel that father is…..and trust me….he is a no good so and so! This sub-plot showed the true depth of character of Jack. He would go above and beyond for one of his family members….and he does. It seemed like a no win situation at first, but with clear thinking and a bit of cleverness….well….you will see.
A couple notable quotes I enjoyed were in describing love……Jenna truly needed to hear and understand what love was all about. And once she did that…life is good, complete. This first quote I felt tries to explain to Jenna that love, like many things in life are not 100% within one’s control and the sooner we as people embrace the unknown, the richer our lives will be.
“Love isn’t an obedient whim. It’s an unruly force. And it answers to no one.”
And this quote just seemed to me to seal the deal with Jenna finally realizing she can love and still be the person she is trying so hard to be.
“Choosing to love a man, and letting that man love you back, is the most independent thing a girl can do for herself. No independent person is truly successful on their own.”
Parts of the story were a bit dragged out and could have been more succinct, but as luck would have it, these parts were not overly long, which is good because any more dragging and I would have lost interest. And I am glad I stuck it out.
If you enjoy a bit of steam…okay…a fair amount of steam (whew…) when covering off the main love scene and descriptions of hunky men in a good, solid love story in addition to good old fashioned family values thrown in with mob wars, then take a chance and read this book.