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The push and pull and insta love of Joel and Annika was interesting to see. She mentioned several times that he could see through her mask, and through her, but the connection read as much deeper and instant that it sounds. You could cut the tension with a knife, but when she finally gave in to Joel it was when the story really hooked me. These two were off the charts steamy.
The television show premise had potential for some serious drama to happen, but I love the way it was handled. There was of course some drama and some baggage, but it was handled with care and not just drama for drama's sake. I recommend this book for those that like their men a little rugged and don't take life seriously. and anyone that has a little ice protecting their hearts. Be prepared for Joel to thaw it all. And I must mention the sexy, tattooed, bearded man playing with a kitten will make your ovaries explode it they hadn't already.
This book gave me so many darn feels it is not funny! I laughed, I scowled, I sniffled, I swooned, and I hit every other emotion imaginable while I was reading this book!
Strong Male Lead ✔
Strong Female Lead ✔
Believable Characters ✔
Hot Scenes ✔
Great Storyline ✔
Story to fall in love with ✔
Tattooed older man ✔
Story that turned me to mush ✔
Hot Sexual Tension ✔
Life Struggles ✔
Annika Belousov is one of my favorite leading ladies to date. Some might find her cold. I find her the perfect women. Smart, Funny, loving, fierce, and a smart business woman. Her description of Joel Anderson had me rolling. HAIRY!
"A smile played at my lips. “Does something about me offend you, Ms. Belousov?”
"I also tried not to think about how it felt to shake his hand. I’d shaken a million hands, but that? After he’d looked at me like he did? All hairy and beastly and feral and lusty? I swear, electricity shot up my arm, down my ribcage, and straight between my legs."
When Joel called Annika out on her jealousy I smirked. He knew she was before she would ever admit it. This scene was great.
"My fingers spread flat against the smooth, hard curves of his back, hands sliding in opposite directions as I squeezed him. He hummed. “Remind me to make you jealous more often.” My hands stilled. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Joel laughed, lips closed, and kissed my neck. “Sure, princess. Whatever you say.” I frowned. “Who would I be jealous of?”
Joel was a dominant, arrogant man that did not do mushy or relationships. He took what he wanted and gave what was needed to get buy for many years. This man loved his crew so much he would do anything to protect them and make life easier for them.
That is until Annika walked into his shop and rattled him to his core. My favorite part is he owned how she made him feel. He was scared. But love is scary. The entire book Joel owned more and more of my heart. I loved his character so stinking much!!
"His big arms held me into his chest like a velvet cage, his legs scissored in mine and beard tickling my forehead. I’d never been so comfortable in my whole life. He was just like Papa had said — a big, hairy bear, silly and sweet and ferocious, all at the same time." <-- Fantastic description of the man who made me swoon.
"I then decided two things. One: My new mission in life was to make her laugh. Two: I’d crack her open if it was the last thing I did." (Pretty confident talk from a guy that just met the girl right?) But that's just his character and the chemistry between them is electric right from the start, and she fights it tooth and nail and so begins the push and pull. Granted his first impressions were pretty funny but Annika's? Hilarious!
“He is too. He’s crass and uncouth and … hulking. He’s medieval. Put a mace in his hand and point him to the Saxons.”
She is so fighting the attraction from the word go! And oh my goodness at the banter! Its always one of my favorite parts of a Staci Hart novel (she's the queen of snarky, sarcastic witty banter haha) and with this story it is top notch! Even the asides or conversations that take place in their own POV without the other person are so well written it just snaps.
Then there is the moment, when all pretentiousness falls away and even though it doesn't make sense and opposites attract and its pointless to fight it, (now there are still some ups and downs and misunderstandings for our favorite couple) there is this passage which showcases how lyrical the writing is in this book.
"Transparent, translucent , like the ice that I was. Freezing him out would never work , not when he could see the fire in my heart."
That moment for me was where the story morphed from something just fun but into something memorable.