Maxine Turner is part of a huge overwhelming family. She loves them dearly but they can be a bit much. When she inherits her grandmother’s home she is thrilled to finally have a place of her own. But when she is just moving in vandals start to make her life a little scary, so she looks for help outside of the family. And finds, and wants to keep, Ryan.
Ryan Claymore joined the Army at a young age to escape his father. When he finds out years later that he has a stepbrother with special needs who is now orphaned, he retires from the military to take care of him. Starting his own security company is a way to use his military experience to make a living. When he and Maxine meet, he’s instantly attracted but cautious. He’s had a lot of changes in his life and wonders if a relationship would be a good idea right now.
With Maxine’s family and Ryan’s brother, these two have a lot going on. When the vandalism starts to escalate so does their romance. While Ryan fights it, Maxine embraces it. She was raised in love and sees no reason not to grab it. With the mystery of whom the vandal is, Ryan’s protectiveness of his stepbrother and Maxine, and the chemistry neither can resist, this was a captivating read. With a lot of foreplay before actual intimacy, this was a fast-paced read, but the build up was deliberate making the anticipation slowly escalate. A nice change of pace.
Inheriting her grandmother’s home is a dream come true for web designer Maxine Turner. She’s looking forward to a little freedom from the constant demands of her beloved, crazy mob of a family. When vandals expose just how vulnerable she is living alone, she seeks help.
Ryan Claymore’s well-thought-out life was wrenched out from under him when responsibility for his special-needs stepbrother landed on his shoulders. Going from military man to business man hasn’t been easy. He counts himself lucky he’s found Maxine to trade his security-system knowledge for her website expertise.
The red-hot chemistry that sizzles between them comes from out of the blue, and they both fight a losing battle to resist. Even the secret Ryan hides isn’t enough to keep Maxine from working her way into his heart—and his bed.
But something else might tear them apart. Whoever seems determined to destroy her home, and her sanity along with it.
Warning: Realistic multiple orgasm sex scenes, men getting in touch with their emotions, brothers being—well—brothers, and a very tempting back-porch swing…you have been warned.