Author: W. Ferraro
Series: Hamden Series #4
Published on: February 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Cecille “CeCe” Cervetti lives her life by one rule: Never let a man control her heart, ever again.
CeCe has built a life to be proud of--she’s successful in business, and in lust. Men are her playground, to take from, and use to her body’s content. They can only have what she is willing to give, so don't try asking for more.
When an unknown stalker raises the stakes, ripping away her hard won control, CeCe reluctantly seeks help from the first, and last, man she gave her heart to before he vanished from her life--Jarod Gates.
As they struggle to unmask the stalker, CeCe and Jarod learn of each other’s scarred pasts—scars that made them who they are today. But when her body screams for Jarod’s touch, can CeCe manage to keep her control? Or will Jarod make her question the one rule she’s built her life on?
After mending her heart following an abusive boyfriend, Cece finds herself falling for the local player, Jarod Gates. Although she knew how he was with other girls, she had been privy to a side to Jarod that made her believe she was different. Those hopes were crushed when Jarod publicly dismisses her days before leaving for the Marines.
Cece’s heartbreak has led her to build up a wall to keep men at bay. To her, they are simply there to occupy her time and bed, but nothing more beyond that. Some may view her as a stone-cold bitch; others see the broken girl inside. When a secret admirer turned stalker disrupts Cece’s life, one man steps forward willing to protect her at all costs – Jarod Gates.
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. I’m a big fan of rekindled loves so once Jarod was back, I was hooked, and waiting to see how these two would react to each other.
Both Jarod and Cece’s characters were hard to get a read on. I’m very much used to stories told from both point of views, allowing the reader into the mind and motives of the character. This book however was told more from a 3rd person POV without much internal dialogue. It made it much harder to see the softer side of the characters beyond their hard exterior shells – Cece’s demanding take-it-or-leave-it attitude and Jarod’s overly you-know-you-want-me cocky attitude. Once you got past that, they were likeable characters and you couldn’t help but cheer for them.
The sexual tension had great build up and the author knew just how to tease the reader. The banter between various characters was witty and realistic.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and could see myself reading others by this author!
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