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All the hallmarks of the KA novel are there: gorgeous heroine (with a great head of hair) who doesn't know how gorgeous she is, an alpha male hero, detailed descriptions of clothes, decor, and how people lay next to each other in bed (no, that's not a joke). But why it works for me this time is because everything has been dialed back. Yes, the heroine calls the hero "honey," but not ad nauseam. Yes, there's talk about "giving beauty," but only a few times near the beginning of the book. Yes, the hero has that specific KA way she has her males speak, but there are fewer run on sentences that I have to repeatedly read in order to decipher. Yes, the epilogue spans years (six I think?), but that's one thing I've never really minded about her novels. Oh, and there is not one parenthetical in the entire thing. I don't know if she had an editor for this one (other than to proof read), but if so, I think this person did an excellent job of dialing back the KA-ness of the novel while still making it very much a KA novel.
I really liked both Ivey and Gray. Yes, they are both very much in the mold of a typical KA heroine and hero but again it's dialed back and some of things that make really grit my teeth aren't there. Ivey is 22 and 29 in the novel and she acts appropriately for her age. No constant refrains of
Oh. My. God. like she's 15 and not an adult. No throwing fits or being "sassy."
And Gray must be one of the two, maybe three, KA heroes that I have not wanted to punch in the face at least once. This guy is an alpha, but he's not pushy or aggressive. He doesn't have the "it's my way or the highway" attitude most KA heroes have. When he and Ivey fight he doesn't infantalize her or make it seem like her opinions aren't valid.
I have just a couple of quibbles about the plot. Ivey has been a pool hustler since she picked up a cue stick at the age of 15. She had no lessons, no training, she was just immediately good which is a little eye-rolling. I also wish that when knew more about her feeling on playing pool outside of the hustling aspect. I don't think she played once during the seven years she was away. Does she enjoy it? Does she just not really care?
The other quibble has to do with Ivey's job when she leaves Mustang. This girl, with zero dance training, becomes the biggest and most popular burlesque queen in Vegas and in the span of a couple of years. Really? Not that you have to be a professional dancer, but it seemed a bit far fetched.
But over all, I really did enjoy this one. This is my 31st KA novel and I honestly thought I was done with her books, but this one has pulled me right back in.
Gotta love KA's manly, macho, possessive, alpha men! Grayson Cody definitely fits the bill but he's sweet, loving and attentive too!
“Thank you for takin’ care of Gran and savin’ my land.” My eyes shot open. “Pay you back,” he went on. “Gray –” I started also starting to lift my head but his other hand came up, fingers in my hair cupping the side and he held it down. “Not with money, baby, but swear to Christ, by the time you leave this earth, you’ll feel I paid you back.”
I did also like Ivey as the heroine, especially when she's ripping into someone.
This story has a bit of everything...ups & downs, romance, heartbreak, family drama, a bit of humor and some action too! I really love how long and complete this book is...I definitely got my money's worth! It covers about a decade of time and we see these characters at different ages and stages of their lives. We see how they met, change over time, reconnect and it ends with a wonderfully thorough epilogue!!!
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One of K.A's finest!