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What begins as a lustful attraction between a strip club bartender and a chauffeur soon leads to a one-night stand…that turns into so much more. Ruby and Nikko are both gob smacked as their feelings for each other deepen. As they hesitantly consider the possibility of a relationship, they each know they cannot truly move forward until they confess their lies of omission.
Neither had lied out of maliciousness. There wasn’t any game playing…no one trying to “get over” on the other. No lies were actually even told, but life and past experiences had taught them both that people would use you, or use who you are, to their own benefit. So it’s what wasn’t said by Nikko and Ruby when they first met that must now be discussed. The fun part for this reader was that each thought they were the ONLY one with a secret. The romantic part was knowing Nikko and Ruby accepted each other for who they believed they were. It didn’t matter to Nikko that Ruby was a bartender in a strip club. She was smart and beautiful, and his heart wouldn’t allow him to simply walk away. Ruby didn’t care if Nikko was “just” a chauffeur. He was handsome and smart, and she felt his care and concern for her were genuine…and she’d given up on ever finding that. Not to mention, the two of them together in the bedroom brought enough heat for a five-alarm blaze!
As these two keep trying to find the right time and moment to come clean, the obligations of life would always cut their time short. But, it is life’s obligations that bring them face to face…as their true selves, in what is easily the best scene in the book. It wasn’t the ‘typical’ conversation I expected – it is the one you always wish for but seldom get. There is some confusion and anger; but there is also determination and commitment.
What I enjoyed most about ‘Shaken’ is that Ruby and Nikko are always equals. Even at a time when Nikko could have had the advantage, he wouldn’t take it. There are times when Ruby could decide to walk away from the drama, but she doesn’t. This couple acts like two ADULTS who just may be falling in love and feel it’s worth fighting for. Are they perfect? Nope! Is there running and crying and avoidance? Nope! Is there a crazy, psycho, alcoholic ex-“girlfriend” who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer? Yep! Do I recommend ‘Shaken?’ Wholeheartedly!
(I received an ARC copy of 'Shaken, Young Guns 1.5' in exchange for an HONEST review!)