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Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she'd stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.
With the future of her family's hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn't helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby's suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?
As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she's ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.
This is what I was expecting
This is what I was expecting from all the chatter and “you must read these” books from Tessa Bailey. I’ve got an on-again-off-again flirtation with New Adult romance: I really have to be in the mood for the drama that comes with 20-somethings, and putting myself into a story, from my perspective now isn’t always easy. I was never that dramatic. Really. That’s my story.
So in the final story of the Broke and Beautiful series, Bailey brings us a dirty talking man (she does that SO well) and he’s far more rough around the edges than the other boys in this series. He’s got so many wonderful qualities that I found him wholly frustrating when he would get inside his own head, worrying and overthinking the growing relationship with Abby.
Abby is smart, clever and loyal, and not easily swayed from her set plans. Her curiosity about all things sexual lead to her investigating and thinking, carefully on her desires, what she needed and wanted. A true leap forward for characters in this genre: no wilting violet, she wasn’t afraid to ask for what she wanted and needed, and unafraid of speaking her own mind when something didn’t quite meet her expectations.
The relationship with Abby and Russell develops from a friendship with chemistry to a true supportive relationship with plenty of steam. Bailey built the relationship with care, and provided readers with plenty of dialogue and moments to enjoy their flirtation, and then be hit with the steam. This relationship felt possible and plausible, I bought into both characters and didn’t want the story to end. Wrapping up with an epilogue that just brings the whole story, and series, to a close with a smile. This is what I wanted from a NA romance, and Bailey delivered it all with bells and a bow. And it’s hard not to love a hero who reads historic romance for pointers… misguided or completely adorable – it’s your guess.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.
Good story. Kinda angsty. Loved the part about the romance novel & gullible person I am, I even checked out the title. The good news is, love conquers all! Enjoy!!