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"Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan
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In this case, the "small thing" is Ettie, a feisty blonde who is somewhat short of stature. She blows into a small town bar one night, determined to drown her frustrations, and meets Wyatt, a sexy, older man. She's drawn to his loneliness, something she understands well, and after spending a few hours drinking and playing pool, she invites herself into his life ... at least for the night.
Wyatt is the lonely man she pegs him for, and he finds in Ettie a boldness that attracts him. She's fun and makes him laugh, and she's someone who actively wants to experience life. Wyatt, on the other hand, has shut himself off for nearly a half dozen years, believing he isn't worthy of the joy that Ettie represents.
But he gives himself a night with her, which becomes a weekend. It is revelatory for the two of them.
There are problems, though, that mean there is no future. For one thing, there is Ettie's on-again, off-again relationship with her boyfriend. For another, there is Wyatt's pain and emotional blockage. Yet they want this, even if neither knows how to make it happen or if it can happen.
This, faithful readers, is one hot romance. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because you will need it.
Wyatt may shut himself off from romance for a while, but he can still rock that headboard. In fact, he rocks it so astoundingly well that I couldn't figure out how Ettie could leave him. I'd have chained myself to that headboard and begged for more.
There is so much to love about this book. Ettie is flawed and occasionally awful, but she's real. Her backstory is a bit murky and forced, one of those things manufactured to give her something that Wyatt can relate to. Wyatt's emotional constipation is also well written, and we can easily see why these two are drawn to each other. Can they stay together? Can they overcome the age gap? Carter Ashby does a good job of giving them a foundation other than great sex, which makes you root for them all the stronger.
There is a bit too much time spent with Wyatt and a sort of support mechanism toward the end of the book, and then there is what I think was intended to be a plot twist involving an unforeseen life event that turns out to be unnecessary.
But even with those occasional blips, I liked this book a LOT. I received an ARC but immediately bought my own copy. It's hot, it's fun, and it's a good read.
Cuddle up to this one on a cold winter's night. You can thank me - and Carter Ashby - later.
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i just was not able to connect. I liked the idea of the story but the maturity level of Ettie made it so hard for me to connect to her.
I found her to be more annoying than anything and while I kinda liked Wyatt i just didn't grasp the connection of him and her.. the insta love
The characters all seemed underdeveloped and the story as a whole lost me.
This is one of those books that stays with you. There is just something about the story that I really want more. I just feel like Wyatt is not 100% emotionally there for Ettie. I guess I wanted Wyatt to stop comparing Ettie to Amberlee. It feels like Amberlee is always at the back of his mind. I'm not saying he should forget Amberlee but she should just be a fond memory. Even in the epilogue, he knows that Ettie is not Amberlee.
I did like the story, I just wanted an ending without Amberlee in his mind.
Who would think a chance meeting with a stranger could completely change your life.
Ettie stopped at a bar for one drink. She didn't think the cranky looking man would end up being the best thing in her life.
It doesn't always take months or years to form an attachment, sometimes it only takes one weekend. Now that Wyatt and Ettie have discovered each other they think they are on their way to a fun and free time. That would have been nice. Instead their world flips out of control. How could a simple relationship go so far out of control?
I loved the way this author developed the characters and wove everything together. This family has a fantastic dynamic and are very likeable. I will be looking for more from this author.
Warning: plenty of strong profanity & blasphemy and premarital detailed sex. I did not care. I forgave it all. That is a good writer.