Published by Loose Id
Publication Date: February 9th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Forensic accountant Annie Griffin has always suspected she’s a bit jinxed, so when she finds herself 35, single, temporarily homeless, and pregnant by a gigolo, her fears are confirmed.
Adrenaline junkie and professional stuntman Max Bowen needs a house-sitter to watch after his pets while he’s out of town. Annie needs a place to stay. Standard quid pro quo. No biggie. She can handle that, whatever hellhounds he owns–until Max, the most sought-after bachelor in the county, comes back ahead of schedule and she ends up being roommates with a 27-year old sex god who turns out to be so much more than what she expected.
Max might have had the attention span of a humming bird on crack when it comes to women, but that was before Annie. Her quirkiness and sweet contradictions soon captivate him, not that she’s inclined to give him the time of the day. With his reputation preceding him, he knows the odds are stacked against him, but he will do his best to prove her that he’s what she needs, stuck-up socialite grandmothers, doomsday preppers, groupies, pregnancy hormones, and repentant biological dads be damned.
Annie Griffin is in need of a place to stay while her condo is being renovated and Max offers her his place to stay in while he’s out of town on a job, in exchange for her keeping an eye on his pets. Annie and max have friends in common and have always gotten along, but now that she’s staying at Max’s place, she discovers a whole new side to him. Max is fun, makes her laugh and is supportive of her decisions. Beneath the friendship that has grown between them is a smoldering attraction but Annie is all too aware of the fact that she is eight years older than Max and pregnant with another man’s baby. Also, Max is a notorious ladies man.
Max is a Bowen – protective, territorial and possessive – and he is not giving up without a fight. He will overcome her resistance one step at a time with the perfect tools – back rubs, orgasms and laughter.
I loved seeing their friendship grow into love and a relationship between them and Ms. Aycart handled the age difference between them well. Max is so mature and handles Annie so skillfully that I even forgot that he was younger than her. Max is to-die-for! His laid-back and fun-loving persona hides a very possessive, determined and dominant man but he’s also very sweet and caring. Annie is also great. In spite of her insecurities, she is fun to be with. I love that she and Max found pleasure in each other’s company, enjoyed simple things and had shared interests like a love for old TV shows. Some of my favorite things were the preppers evacuation drill and the ‘Clits and Chicks meeting’ and their cliterature.
To the Max has it all: humor, romance, steamy sex and even a bit of suspense. Max is my favorite Bowen brother and I have read my copy of To the Max so many times that if it was a paperback, it would be dog-eared by now!