Business whiz Kristen Alexander achieves—that’s what she does. She’s set goals, made the right moves, enjoyed the rewards of hard work and careful planning… That is, until she’s abruptly fired from her banking job. Determined to turn her luck around, Kristen starts job hunting by day and taking up a waitressing job by night. The last thing she expects is to run into a hometown guy from her past...
Bull rider Austin Harding is having an amazing season touring with the American Extreme Bull Riders Tour, and he’s enjoying every second of his success—working hard and playing hard as he fights to win the money at the end of the tour. But his focus on the big prize wavers when he runs into golden girl Kristen Alexander during a tour party. He feels entitled to some answers from their past... But the answer he gets is not the answer he expects.
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Embarrassed about losing her banking job Kristen Alexander decided not to tell her family until she could find another job. Weeks later with no job she is hired as a waitress in a casino where she never expected to run into someone she knows from home and the one person she does has ties to her family.
Bull rider Austin Harding knows his waitress is Kristen but she lies to throw him off until he sees a familiar scar. When he confronts her she fesses up and asks him to keep her secret only to loose another job. When Kristen is desperate for a ride home Austin is there for her.
I really enjoyed Kristen and Austin's story. The characters were so well written that they seemed real to me.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Austin is a fun romance about shifting your expectations and rolling with the punches when you grow up and things don't work out as you planned.
Austin, is of course, our hero and Kristen (a girl he grew up with) is our heroine. Life isn't working out for Kristen but luckily Austin steps in to help her out. I enjoyed their journey back home and their path to each other. Kristen seemed a little bit snippy at times but I understood where her frustration was coming from and I never found her annoying (always a plus in my eyes). I liked Austin all the way through the book. He was just a good guy and a genuine friend to Kristen when she needed one most.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
While I'm loving this series, Austin was a bit harder for me to connect to at first. Kristen, our hero suffers with social anxiety. She closes up and is often times taken as being cold. The reactions of Austin to this was not something I agreed with. He in fact came of a bit childish in the beginning. Once these two started spending time with each other he actually became more protective of her feelings and tried to help her overcome some of her issues. This was more of a slow burn, second chance romance that I would consider a mid to high angst level. No cheating, abuse or other women/men drama. ARC provided by NetGalley.