|A good reason to be bad... |
Librarian Sophie Heyer has walked the straight and narrow her entire life to avoid paying for her mother's mistakes. But in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming, juicy gossip just doesn't go away, so the last thing she needs is for history to repeat itself. Falling hard for the sexiest biker who's ever rode into town would undo everything she's worked for. And to add insult to injury, the sexy stranger is none other than Alex Bishop--the son of the man her mother abandoned Sophie's family for. He may be temptation on wheels, but Sophie's not looking for trouble!
Maybe Sophie's buttoned-up facade fools some, but Alex knows a naughty smile when he sees one. Despite their parents' checkered pasts, he's willing to take some risks to find out the truth about the town librarian. He figures a little fling might be just the ticket to get his mind off of family drama. But what he finds underneath Sophie's prim demeanor might change his world in ways he never expected.
Who doesn’t love a good small town scandal? Sophie Heyer doesn’t, that’s for sure. Sophie’s mom and Alex Bishop’s dad ran off together and were missing for over twenty years until their bodies were finally found. Alex’s mom has been slowly losing it. Over the past years since her husband, the man she refused to believe was in the wrong or had voluntarily left her and their kids for another woman, has been terrorizing Sophie because she looks just like her “whore of a mother”. Sophie, being a young girl when her mom walked out of her life, grew up terrified that her stepfather would leave her too and made sure that she became needed, doing everything she could for him from keeping house, cooking, managing their farm’s books, you name it she does it. But it’s kept her in Jackson Hole her whole life and all she’s dreamed about is getting out and seeing the world.
Alex Bishop is one hard, tough man and not easy one to crack. He got the heck out of Jackson Hole as soon as he could, tired of going on wild goose chases, led by his mother, in her never ending quest to find their father and he currently doesn’t want to be back home and is counting down the days until he can leave again after a dedication to his father is over. He doesn’t know his mother anymore, he’s a virtual stranger to his brother and he’d rather be anywhere but in Jackson Hole. Until he sees a redheaded librarian and then he can’t get Sophie out of his head. Even after he learns who she is and how their pasts are so tightly connected, he doesn’t care, he just wants to be with Sophie for as long as he can.
The romance between Sophie and Alex is just plain sexy, with a side of dirty tossed in. They’re hot and steamy together, but some of the dirty talk at the end felt sort of unnecessary I guess. It was certainly nothing that took away from the chemistry they have together, just more like, huh, could have done without that. Even with a romance that was hot, their overall relationship felt a little bit weak, nothing that ruined their story, I just needed a little something more between them. What I was drawn to most were the relationships Alex and Sophie had with their families and seeing them deal with the past with them, their parents and their siblings and trying to find a new way to relate to each other in the present. The scandal really rocked these two families to the core and watching them try to rebuilt relationships, and being in a place emotionally that they were all ready to start to move forward was interesting and kept me hooked into the story.
Victoria Dahl always gives us some great romances, very sexy and in this case, some heavy emotional issues that both Sophie and Alex need to deal with. I enjoyed their story and will definitely come back to Jackson Hole for more.
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*