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An endearingly irreverent love story.
To Jackie Ryan, insults are foreplay and love is war. What the feisty redhead lacks in stature, she makes up in attitude. She’s made more than one grown man cry and she’s damn proud of it. Little does the rowdy barista know she’s about to meet her match in the shape of a walking, talking pair of starched khakis.
When unassuming Eddie Jaworski stumbles into a quirky coffee shop, he isn’t expecting a battle of wits with the maniac behind the counter. Still, he can’t help be intrigued by the endearingly irreverent human enigma. She’s brash, but considerate. Closed off to most, but fiercely loyal to a few. Everything is a joke, except those things that are sacred. Jackie doesn’t trust easily and if he wants to get close, he’s going to have to work for every inch. Good thing he’s up for the challenge.
But Eddie has a secret—one he didn’t mean to keep—that’s going to tug at the delicate strings weaving the pair together. When everything begins to unravel, Jackie must decide just what she’s willing to risk for love.
Read an Excerpt:
“That it? That all?” He winks. This fucker actually winks at me.
Time to go nuclear. I toss my glasses down on the table with a thud before they skid across the surface. I pull the hair tie out of my ponytail and let my wavy red locks fall past my shoulders. I give it a little tussle, knowing it is barely controlled chaos. Just like me. I lick my lips with my eyes locked on his. He’s trying hard to keep his composure, but I see him swallow the tension.
“You’re too pretty. Too soft. Too clean. Too easy. Too bland. Too safe.” I take a slow step towards him with every word. A sexy catwalk strut, crossing my combat-boot clad feet each time, adding an extra sway to my hips. I pin him with a challenging glare as he drinks in my curves with stifled desire.
I lean against him, pressing my chest into his. He doesn’t pull away, but his muscles tensed, his body hard. I bring my mouth to his ear.
“I want dirty and dangerous.”
Going for the kill, I tease his earlobe with a flick of my tongue. He lets out a deep groan. I shove off his chest and stalk back over to my abandoned dish tub.
I quip over my shoulder, “Darlin’, I’d destroy you.”
“And I’d enjoy every second of it,” he adds without missing a beat.
I bite my lip to keep from smiling.
The sass is strong with this one. Seriously. Jackie is a force to be reckoned with at times. At times, she can be a bit much with the attitude and I didn’t like her at first. I kept reading and began to understand her more and realized it’s a coping mechanism for her. She has been badly hurt in her life and it shows. She also doesn’t get along with her mother and that’s an interesting plot point that I COMPLETELY understood. Trust me, I still have issues with mine, so I get it. Pops is a hoot but he too has shaped Jackie into what she is today.
Eddie is hilarious. Khakis. That’s Jackie’s nickname for him. His nickname for her is, Ignis. Look it up. Fit her perfectly, too. Eddie isn’t scared of Jackie. He stands up to her. Challenges her, makes her better. The above excerpt is only the beginning for them. Ms. Kingston knows how to write sassy, snarky dialogue and this book has it in spades. I loved it but keep in mind, this isn’t a sweet romance. Much cussing, smexy times but it all makes sense. Two polar opposites that can’t get enough of each other.
The big secret makes so much sense and I loved how Ms. Kingston weaves it into their relationship. Not to mention Eddie’s agent and Ben are there to help or not help with their relationship. Jesus is too good to be true, too. I kept picturing him as the maid from the movie, The Birdcage. That’s a compliment. I loved that movie. He keeps it real in the coffee shop and at times Jackie’s sounding board.
I just loved this book. As I said, it took a while for me to warm up to Jackie but when I did, I literally couldn’t put the book down. Lots of laughs but also some very emotional, heartfelt moments, too. Ms. Kingston does a great job of balancing everything out. There is groveling, things thrown and tears between Eddie and Jackie but in the end, it is SO worth it.
I haven’t read the others in the series so this one can be read without wondering what is going on. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Kingston. With the snarky, sassy heroine like Jackie…I can’t wait to meet her other characters.
About the Author: Amelia Kingston is a California girl, writer, traveler, wife and dog mom. She survives on chocolate, coffee, wine, and sarcasm. Not necessarily in that order. She’s been blessed with a patient husband who’s embraced her nomad ways and cursed with an impatient (although admittedly adorable) terrier who pouts when her dinner is five minutes late.
She loves to write about strong, stubborn, flawed women and the men who can’t help but love them. Her irreverent books aim to be silly and fun with the occasional storm cloud to remind us to appreciate the sunny days. As a hopeless romantic, her favorite stories are the ones that remind us all that while love is rarely perfect, it’s always worth chasing.