It takes a while, but Jesse is finally growing up. Becoming a rock star at 16 didn’t do him any favors and the hedonistic lifestyle he’s lived for years is losing its charm. He has women crawling all over him but they are interchangeable and don’t touch his heart; a heart that is very lonely. When circumstances make it a necessity to go incognito he finds what he’s been missing totally by accident.
Small town living is harsh and the author did a good job of conveying that. There are no secrets, well a few, but they also see the light of day eventually. Bristol is struggling to find her place after a betrayal of epic proportions when she meets Jesse, and she decides to go for a fling. What she gets is the total opposite and the romantic life she’s lived so far is put into focus and found to be lacking.
Both characters are very likeable and the story moves at warp speed. It is a novella though. The sex is incendiary and a major revelation for both inexperienced Bristol and jaded Jesse. Chemistry can do that. But that chemistry quickly becomes more and these two strangers have a lot of potential disaster between them when the real world breaches their isolated love nest.
The ending was a little cheesy for me, but overall I loved the story. I especially enjoyed the resolution of the little sister and her pilfered fiancé. If you’ve read the entire series, and why wouldn’t you, you met Jesse briefly in the first book. It’s nice to see his full circle. A good read.
During his decade as an international pop star, Jesse McCall has lived every day in the fast lane. A committed hedonist reveling in amazing highs, globetrotting, and nameless encounters, he refuses to think about his loneliness or empty future. Then tragedy strikes.
Shocked and grieving, he sheds his identity and walks away, searching for peace. Instead, he finds Bristol Reese, a no-nonsense beauty scraping to keep her business afloat while struggling with her own demons. He’s intent on seducing her, but other than a pleasure-filled night, she’s not interested in a player, especially after her boyfriend recently proposed to her sister. In order to claim Bristol, Jesse has to prove he’s not the kind of man he’s always been. But when she learns his identity and his past comes back to haunt him, how will he convince her that he’s a changed man who wants nothing more than to make her his forever?