Series: Out of Uniform #3
Published by Entangled: Brazen
Publication Date: September 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
He’s never met a challenge he couldn’t take…
Alexis Yeung did everything right….only to watch everything go horribly, horribly wrong. Broken and angry, Alexis high-tails it to Europe, determined to face the world on her own terms and without consequence. Which includes a mind-blowing night with a sexy, scarred stranger.
Except, embittered former pararescuer Luke Jackson isn’t exactly a stranger. He’s supposed to keep an eye on Alexis without her knowing. Ending up in bed together was definitely not the plan. Now he’s chasing her (admittedly hot) ass across Europe, a game of cat and mouse that always ends with the two of them tangled up in the sheets.
Something in their scarred, damaged souls calls to each other. And God help them, the sex is unbelievably hot. But if Alexis discovers who Lukereally is, he’ll lose the one thing that makes him feel whole.
I was really looking forward to Alexis’s story after reading what she went through in Falling for His Best Friend, but I almost gave up on this book about 30% in because of the abrasive nature of the exchanges between Alexis and Luke, but it’s Katee Robert so I kept at it longer than I normally would and I finally found what I was looking for: a moving story about two broken people finding hope and the strength to take another chance on life and love.
Alexis Yeung made a difficult choice in a tough position, a choice that saved her life even as it changed everything for her irrevocably and when things got too hard to deal with, she took off to Europe on a journey of re-discovery and empowerment. An extremely hot encounter with a sexy stranger is part of that plan to take her life back but she does not expect the emotional connection she forges with him.
Luke Jackson’s identity and purpose were wrapped up in his job as a PJ and he lost it all when he was discharged due to a career-ending injury. He’s still struggling with the loss and his assignment to shadow Alexis on her journey through Europe is perfect for taking his mind off his issues, even temporarily. The plan was for him to remain in the background, but after a chance run-in and a mind-blowing night with her, he begins to see that there is more to her than meets the eyes.
I honestly did not care much for either Alexis or Luke at the beginning of this book and I’m not going to lie, I kept reading for the sexy times, which were smoking hot BTW, but I enjoyed HIS LOVER TO PROTECT. Underneath that gruff exterior, Luke is really a sweetheart. As much as I didn’t like that he started something with Alexis without coming clean, he was in a tough spot. While I understood Alexis’s issues, I felt that running off was quite cowardly but her growth was obvious as the story unfolded. I also was upset with her family for their meddling but everything worked out in the end.
The story is a case of like attracting like, there was angst, pain, steamy sex and I loved the great emotional connection between Alexis and Luke. Both of them understand each other because of the losses they’ve been through and because of that, know just the right thing to say to pull each other from the edge, rebuild confidence and kick start the healing. I’ll say this: I came for the sexy times and stayed for the emotion!