Arden Lennox’s charmed life may be in pieces, but she’d sooner get her hoohaw bleached than move back in with her parents. She’s no longer the prom-queen princess married to the football star. She’s a broke, penniless widow, and it’s time she stood on her own two feet.
An under-construction unit in a quaint Chicago brownstone is cheap (free), but it comes with an unexpected surprise. Tyler Ramirez, her brother’s gawky high school best friend, is now a smoking hot firefighter who spends most of his spare time in her unit hammering, drilling, and screwing. Usually with his shirt off—a temptation she has no intention of indulging.
Tyler can’t believe his high school crush is living right across the hall, or how fast his fierce lust for her comes blazing back. She’s still gorgeous—a little sadder, a little quieter, but still with the amazing smile and sweet body that fueled his awkward teenage fantasies.
Despite her best intentions, Arden can’t resist grown up Tyler but the sparks between them send her into full retreat. And by the time she realizes the heat between them could last a lifetime, it could be too late to tell him…
Not a lot of drama just a smokin' hot romance!
Not a lot of drama just a smokin' hot romance! Woohoo!! Panty-melting hero deluxe! That's Tyler, the geeky brother's best friend turned hunky fireman. He is terrific as his childhood crush on Arden becomes reality. Besides being smoking hot Ty can build you a house and cook! One of the things I so enjoyed about this book is the fabulous group of friends, that includes Arden's super smart brother, and the way they just absorbed Arden into the group. There are some quirky, interesting folks in the group and I can't wait for more stories. Back to the romance at hand...it's a slow burn as Arden is overcoming heartbreak and also dealing with Tyler in his new form. He's such a caring and devoted man when it comes to Arden but she wants to stand on her on her own and not depend on anyone else. She has to build a new life and is a little hesitant to jump into a romantic entanglement. Silly woman! Who can resist a sexy fireman that lives across the hall and will do anything for you? This is a sweet and sexy romance with moments of heartfelt emotion and a sizzling chemistry between Arden and Tyler. Great job by this fantastic author in giving us a swoon-worthy hero and a slightly broken heroine with a big heart. Definitely a couple you can root for. I loved it!
Sometimes stories about a friend being attracted to their friend’s sibling can be the same. This one differs in that Arden is older than Tyler and that her brother, Jaime isn’t the typical “No one can date my sister” brother. Not that he’s thrilled but he’s accepting. Arden has a lot of issues that cloud her feelings while Tyler is very patient and understanding but learns that he has some issues that he needs to work on. I liked the interaction of all of the people that Arden gets to know and who are already in her brother’s and Tyler’s circle. This was an easy read and hope to read more about the adventures of Jaime, Mila, and others.
I just love a good romance that incorporates a set of good friends into the story. I think it brings an extra element of joy to not only see a couple fall in love, but to see that they have a group of friends supporting them. I think it helps draw a reader into their lives like they are one of those friends in the story.
Tyler had so much going for him in this book. He's a geek turned hottie, and now a firefighter. He has this strong protective need in him based off a traumatic event in his past. He's has an alpha personality with that gentler side to him. While his overprotectiveness was portrayed as a bit of a flaw in this book, I actually think it was his best feature. Nothing gets me more than a protective male.
Arden was the cheerleader in high school, the popular girl that extended into her adult life until things came crashing down around her. It was a bit of a wake up call for her that caused a need to stand on her own two feet. That got in her way a lot in this story, but I still really liked her character.
All the characters in this book, from the main characters to all the side characters were fun to read about. I enjoyed this book and I hope we get more with the side characters.