Country-girl Chessie Gibson’s always been a giver. Billionaire Theo Courant’s always been a player. Since childhood, the two have irritated the heck out of each other. Only when Theo breaks both wrists and ankles in a snowboarding accident, Chessie’s asked to care for her family friend. But being stuck with egotistical Theo in her Meadowview farmhouse is most definitely not her idea of fun.
Theo sees Chessie as part pin-up girl, part hippie-chick—nothing like the models and social climbers he’s used to dating. She’s gorgeous and luscious, but he’s never made a move on his best friend’s younger sister. The two of them are opposite in almost every way imaginable. But wow—is she ever hot!
But when Theo and Chessie end up stuck together for weeks, they come to know each other in ways neither thought possible. Seeing a different side of Theo—he’s not exactly the frivolous playboy he seems—Chessie finds herself unable to resist the temptation to try a “friends with benefits” situation. But their differences continue to come between them…and if Theo doesn’t learn love is something that cannot be bought, the chance of a lifetime could pass them both by.
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This is another quick, enjoyable romance from the Meadowview Heat series. This time it’s playboy Theo and no-nonsense Chessie colliding with interesting effects. Chessie is a down-to-earth woman who has worked hard to get her business off the ground, now that she’s about to launch her range of scents and bathroom products nationwide the last thing she needs is a spoilt playboy taking up her time. But Theo Courant is her best friend’s brother and he’s just broken three of his limbs. He needs someone to look after him, and right now Chessie is the only choice.
Which isn’t ideal for either of them, since Theo has been finding ways to wind Chessie up practically their whole lives. However, reduced to lying flat on his back, Theo is suddenly seeing Chessie a whole new light – and he soon has a new way to get her all hot and bothered.
I love a good tale of opposites attract, but that’s not quite what I got here. Chessie is a bit of a contradiction, because no matter how positive she is in life and how she tries to see the good in people who don’t deserve it (her teenage neighbour in particular), she also has a massive grudge against rich people. True, Theo is spoilt, he does have an ego and tries to solve too many issues with money, but there is so much more to him and as someone who’s known him for so long, Chessie should know that. Instead she takes him at face value and thinks even worse of him from there.
Which is a shame, because once you get past the surface glitter Theo’s a good guy and he’s quite good fun. Although his propositions were a bit too blatant at times – and I was surprised at how quickly Chessie took him up on his offer. As great as it is to have a woman unabashedly in touch with her sexuality, the way they both go into their friends-with-benefits deal without much forethought was both a little foolish and obviously going to end badly. Like one or two other situations that crop up throughout the book. The only surprise was just when those decisions were going to come back to haunt them.
On the whole, though, this is a fun read with less heat than I expected considering the deal, but then it does jump around in time a fair bit and sometimes unexpectedly. It was nice to actually see the two characters getting to know each other better and somehow building a relationship out of the situation they find themselves in. Theo remains a demanding fool for far too long, while Chessie clings to her unfair judgements to avoid getting hurt, yet somehow something sweet comes out of it all. It’s an easy, undemanding read and left me with a smile on my face – what more could I ask for?
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