Sounds like the perfect day to Aidan Callahan. As second-born son to Chicago’s most influential business owner, Aidan’s life has always been about responsibility. Tradition. Toeing the goddamn line. Just do as you’re told, Aidan. Don’t make waves.
Well, screw that. Riding waves is way more fun than making them.
Hawaii is paradise on earth. Smoking hot women. Tiny bikinis. As far as Aidan’s concerned, wild horses couldn’t drag him kicking and screaming back to the windy city. Or at least that’s what he thought.
When his brother crashes his Mercedes, killing himself on impact, Aidan finds himself next in line to the Callahan fortune and all the ties that come with it.
And this time there’s no getting out of it.
A warm bed.
A steady job.
A brother who loves her.
For Essie Gray, life’s been one hard kick in the teeth after another. With her parents both dead, her brother is her only living relative. That is until Vaughn’s truck is written off, his life snatched away by the careless actions of a rich playboy in a flashy sports car.
Now, the only thing that will bring Essie peace is revenge. She must take what was taken from her. Only when the name Callahan has been wiped from the face of the earth forever will she be able to start living again.
Of course, the new head of the Callahan Corporation isn’t what she expected. Aidan’s sexy and sad, and just as damaged as she is. Will she be able to distance herself enough to accomplish her goal?
After all, ruining a man’s really hard when you find yourself falling for him…
“Ms. Floyd, you’ll find I generally like most things in life to be a little dirty.”
I generally ignore friend requests on my personal Facebook if it’s from people I don’t know, or talk to on a regular basis, so when Cole Saint Jaimes popped up in my notifications and I had a sneaky peek at his profile, there was no doubt I was going to give this book a go because the super hot teasers and book blurb were definitely enough to reel me in, I was sold! I love finding new authors so I am happy that this book was a page turner and left me wanting more.
Essie Gray lives with her brother Vaughn, it’s only ever been the both of them for most of their lives, they are the only family they have, so when a tragic accident rips them apart, revenge is the only thing on Essie’s mind. She want’s the family of the person who ran into Vaughn’s truck to pay, and that just so happens to be Aidan Callahan.
Aidan never wanted to be a part of the Callahan Corporation, he was quite happy surfing and living a simple life in Hawaii, but had to give it all up to become the head of his family legacy when his parents and brother are killed in a road accident.
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This was a short book, and part one of two, so this really focused on the lead up to Essie and Aiden finally meeting after five years of a whole glut of emotions. Essie, once a happy and positive woman, is now bitter and seeking vengeance from a man who has nothing to do with the death of her beloved brother.
Little does Essie know, but Aiden has also been keeping an eye on her, and he sees her pain and wants her like he’s never wanted any woman before. When Essie requests a meeting, he is ready for her.
She’s messed up.
She’s broken, and the sad, shitty thing is that I’m not whole enough to fix her.”
I really liked Aiden, he was a good hearted man who turned his life around after a painful time, and he had a delicious dirty mouth, so what’s not to love about that.
“I want to kiss her so fucking badly.
I want to bury my hands in her hair as she takes my dick into that perfect mouth of hers.
I want to cup her breasts, pinch her nipples, make her scream.”
Essie, not so much. She was a bitch. She couldn’t let the past go and she was extremely blinkered in her revenge and for no good reason really, so I am really hoping that Aidan can bring her back to her true self.
So, this book is really about getting to know the characters and setting the scene for the story, I really can’t wait to see how emotionally connected these two are going to get and how difficulty that will be considering Essie’s plan to bring the Callahan Corporation down and break Aidan’s heart in the process.
My only real compliant was that it took ages for them to actually meet, I wish it would have happened sooner.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and urge people to check out this fab new author.
This is part one of a duet, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review