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- Print Length: 178 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ILZGTCS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Now, years later Maya is back in Miami and runs into Javi at the club where she's a bartender. She mistakes his interactions with the models he's with, and his expensive suit and an expensive bottle of vodka both pay for her misunderstanding. Javi realizes his attraction for Maya hasn't waned despite the years and despite the fact that she walked away and he hasn't seen her since, but Maya's got even stronger walls around herself than she had back when they were friends. So, he'll have to work really hard to get into her bed, into her head and into her heart.
I like Dusk Until Dawn, but I felt like I was missing out on something important the whole way through. Their backstory isn't fleshed out well, it's explained sort of, but never completely detailed. They have some seriously sexy chemistry, but I never quite believed their connection was as strong as they said it was. There's a lot of back and forth between the two, mostly on Maya's part, because of her insecurities about her childhood and where she comes from. She's a boricua (Puerto Rican) from Harlem and he's a wealthy Cuban who's never had to worry about money a day in his life. She's loud and has tattoos all over, and he's a smooth, expensively dressed playboy. Their two different worlds highlight the reasons why they shouldn't work, and Maya lets all this get in her head time and again. And there's the fact that she constantly runs from him instead of talking with him like an adult. She's a bit immature and it grated on my nerves after awhile. Javi is a nice guy, though, and I like that he seems to do a lot of maturing and growing up even within the short timeline of Dusk Until Dawn.
Other than the slight annoyance that Maya's immaturity brings, and that their backstory isn't well developed, Dusk Until Dawn is a great read. It's super sexy, Maya and Javi are both interesting, likable characters, and both Maya and Javi's siblings are awesome! I hope there is more from this world, because if so, I'd love to read about it.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book received through NetGalley.
We met Javi in book 1. He was the hot mess, bad boy, player of a big brother to the heroine, and best friend to the hero in book 1. He was such a mess in the first book, but by the end you really felt for him. When I saw his book would be next, I was very intrigued. Javi helps run his family's successful hedge fund. He comes from a wealthy Cuban immigrant family, and his father is very traditional. In book 1 he'd been on a drunken, sex-crazed bender following his contentious divorce, and his sister Alana was picking up all his slack at work. But, for the last 6 months he's really gotten his act together and started to become his old self again. His father has lost trust in him though, and that's not so easy to get back. His heroine was not anything like I thought, but she was perfect for him. They also have a very interesting backstory.
Maya is a Puerto Rican girl from Harlem, NY. She had nothing growing up. She and her brother are very close, and he's the only family she has left. Her mom has passed, and her dad's in prison. He was a drunk, and a conman, and he once tried to kill her mother, which is what landed him behind bars. She's an artist, but to pay the rent she's been bartending at her brother's boyfriend's club since moving to Miami. She's a bit of a hothead, and sometimes her attitude was a little much for me. She always flies of the handle, and it was seemingly very hard for her to rein herself in at times. She usually regretted it later, but her temper usually seemed to get the best of her. She runs into Javi in the club one night, gets the wrong idea, and soaks him with an expensive bottle of vodka in the VIP lounge. They have quite an interesting history together, but I won't spoil that here. But, sparks fly between them like whoa and it takes her by surprise after all this time. She runs, because that's what she does when things get too crazy.
Javi and Maya had a very deep connection, and that came across right away. Their chemistry was super steamy, and the sexy times were very well done. They were both a little immature going into this situation, and they both came a long way in their own development in order to be successful together. I really liked Maya's interactions with Javi's family, especially his 2 younger sisters. It's always refreshing to see female characters forming successful friendships on the page, instead of tearing each other down. There was plenty of that from the antagonist. Hated her! And because I truly hated her, I consider it a job well done by the author!
Javi and Maya really broke my heart. Every time I felt like they were starting to figure things out, another road block popped up, real or imagined. It really crushed me every time Maya felt inadequate, or Javi felt like his life was spinning out. I really wanted them to find a way to be happy together. I really enjoyed this story, and I thought the ending and epilogue were perfect. I'm very interested to read Carla's story next!