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Book one of two in the Portland Devils series, and I am keeping fingers crossed there will be more. This is another wonderful story from Rosalind James. Dakota and Blake are two of my favourite characters from Ms James’ books, and Tanya Eby brings them to life with her excellent narration. I have a soft spot for a man with a southern drawl, and Tanya Eby’s narration of Blake is amazing. As is the norm with the author’s books, this is about so much more than the developing relationship between Blake and Dakota - although that alone is worth reading and listening to. Dakota’s stepfather Russell is also an important character in the book. I’ve read and listened to this many times now, and Russell’s story, and his interactions with Dakota, are so heartwarming, they have me in tears. I know I’ll enjoy this audiobook many more times in the future.
I really enjoy this new series from Rosalind James. She writes entertaining, smart heroines, and decent, sexy guys that are believable. The narrator easily switches between male/female and isn't distracting. She is very relaxing to listen to after work. I highly recommend this for commuters!! However, Dakota's stepdad may make you cry. This story was so engaging and I really can't wait for the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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Well ex football star Blake Orbison isn't just a silver tongued devil.. he's a dirty talker too and, because of a knee injury which ended his lucrative NFL football career, he's now got marriage on his mind and is looking for something quite specific from his bride-to-be. But, when the rich businessman crosses paths with Dakota Savage a few times at his yet to be opened Wild Horse Resort, he finds that the pull in her direction is very hard to ignore. However, Dakota is everything that's not on his wish list for his future bride and he figures that his burning attraction will eventually fizzle out when they get physical.. how wrong he was.
Dakota has returned to small town Idaho to take over her step Dad's failing painting business due to his work related injury while painting the new resort.. a debilitating injury which he didn't get help with or compensated for. They're now quite poor and Dakota also does beautiful and sometimes erotic stained glass artwork which she tries to sell. She's the town's pariah who is still suffering emotional scars from something that happened to her years previously which wrongly earned her the reputation of being easy.. and anybody's. It's given her a bit of an inferiority complex riddled with self-doubt and a mistrust of men, their intent.. and their true feelings. But when she meets a stranger while swimming in a private lake she's intrigued and attracted to him.. until she puts her glasses on and sees it's none other than her enemy - the famous Blake Orbison - owner of the new resort. This starts a push/pull slow-burn relationship as these two simmer and dance around attraction, sexual desire, complications and their deepest truest feelings.
An enjoyable dual POV slow-build romance that drew me right in as each of the characters battle prejudice of one sort or another which causes angst, a mystery and deadly drama.. but together they saved each other. There's sexy times, good character development, varied nasty and nice secondary characters, strong family values and a bit of a mystery. These two headstrong badasses didn't want to be drawn to each other and fought hard against it.. but resistance, they eventually found out, was futile. Tanya Eby never fails to deliver a great performance which made this listen even more enjoyable.
Worth a credit? Yes a good solid contemporary romance.
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