When you fall for a guy who’s about to become your stepbrother—do you listen to
your heart and risk everything? Or listen to your head…and take one step back?
In high school I had a hundred reasons to steer clear of my soon-to-be-
stepbrother, Joe Beneventi. He was a hothead, and I was reserved. His life was football,
mine was academics. He wanted to be out and proud, and I desperately needed to keep
my orientation secret.
But when we fell in love, my heart took the wheel, and I took every risk to be with Joe. Then one horrible night our secrets shattered. Joe disappeared—wrecking our
families and breaking my heart.
Eleven years later, I landed a challenging job at a premier PR firm. And the hotshot
publicist who’s been assigned to my first big account? Yep. It’s Joe.
Fate truly hates me because now Joe and I have three days to hole up in a
Chicago hotel room and nail down a deal that could make or break our careers. He
keeps distracting me, but I’m too jaded to fall for sexy smiles, bedroom eyes, and his
impossible-to-ignore body. Except…
I like being close to him again. A little too much. Working together 24/7 is showing
me sides of Joe I’ve never seen before.
And when we touch, being together seems like the only step worth taking.
On the surface, this book looks like a stepbrother romance, but it’s so much more. We start off getting to know Ash and Joe as teenagers about to become stepbrothers and already falling for each other. I love this kind of trope & while they are never truly stepbrothers, it acts as a huge catalyst for the characters.
And there’s so much to Joe than what shows on the surface. He’s not just a jock, but his own fears from his dad have influenced him more than he probably realises and the type of man he’s become. And Josh, not just a nerd, he’s managed to overcome his anxiety to be successful and push himself out of his comfort zone.
The story starts with a flashback to their time as teenagers and these are interspersed throughout the book. They seem to feed the story in the present but are also tell their own heartbreaking story woven through. These are very well done taking the reader from a high in the characters’ past to emphasise the lows in the present time.
On the surface, this book looks like a second chance romance trope, but for these characters, it’s so much more. Neither Joe or Ash were in the right place for a relationship when they first met and heartbreaking as it was that they split up now they’re back together for their HEA in a much better place.
So much more than just a romance story, it’s hot, a whole lot of heat and sexy, and it will hit you with all the feels. I’m a huge fan of this author’s writing style and would highly recommend this book.
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