Bad boy Jed Hamilton is ex-special Forces and a current undercover recovery agent who’s mentally and physically tough, a lone wolf and, above all, violently allergic to commitment, permanence, and anything wedding related.
So when he learns, in the very sexy McKenna Dixon’s bridal salon, that his younger sister is getting married and wants him to be her “man of honor”, Jed wishes he was anywhere but in Cape Town. Especially now that he’ll be spending more time around the one woman who makes him consider perilous phrases like “what if” and “maybe”…
McKenna Dixon loves bad boys, but her past experience with the species has led to nothing but pain and heartbreak. Jed Hamilton is exactly the type of man she should avoid, but when a nasty incident threatens her and her daughter, Jed immediately appoints himself as their protector, even though it’s not a part of his job description.
McKenna is determined not to allow another bad boy to flip her life inside out, and Jed is determined to retain his bachelor status and to keep travelling and working. But, as they both discover, love does its best work when they are busy making other plans…
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This is the first of the International Bad Boys series that I’ve read (the others haven’t really intrigued me enough), but I was in the mood for an easy read with a bad boy, a cute kid and a woman strong enough to challenge him. And that’s exactly what I got, with the added bonus of being in Cape Town, which isn’t a common location for romance novels – at least not in my experience.
McKenna was interesting. A woman who grew up pretty wild and has always had a thing for bad boys – until she fell pregnant and decided to settle down to raise her baby girl in a secure environment. I liked her, for her work ethic and her decision to put her daughter first, even if it did feel like she’d been guilted into some of them. I have to admit there is rather a lot of money in this book – pretty much everyone involved seems to have stacks of money. McKenna has a trust fund and her previous bad boys weren’t short on cash either. Not that she sits around doing nothing all day – instead she runs a bridal salon in between raising her daughter.
Which is how she meets Jed, of course. A man who has no trust in love or relationships and spends his working days travelling around the world, taking photos in hotspots while “recovering” people and artifacts from places where they don’t belong. He’s gruff and tough and sexy, and unwilling to deny the chemistry that zings between him and McKenna, even if she’s less keen to follow her hormones.
Partly because of her adorable daughter – who I loved – and mostly because of the crazy stalker. I have to admit the mystery of the stalker wasn’t as deep as I’d have liked, and at times it seemed to be little more than a convenient excuse for Jed to get closer to McKenna. I did love how she learnt how to read him so easily, though, much to his own frustration. It made their relationship more equal and enjoyable.
Overall this is a fairly quick read that doesn’t demand too much except to be enjoyed. The characters are interesting, there’s a nice amount of chemistry and Daisy is adorable. I’m still a bit undecided as to whether that epilogue was fun or annoying, but it certainly left me intrigued. I do hope there will be more from Leah and perhaps Pytheon at some point.
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