This is a great spin off from the Chicago Rebels series. This book continues with the same Rebels' hockey team. The hero is Levi Hunt, an army hero whThis is a great spin off from the Chicago Rebels series. This book continues with the same Rebels' hockey team. The hero is Levi Hunt, an army hero who's back from serving his country. Jordan is a sports journalist, the widow of Levi's best friend Josh. Jordan has always felt some hostility from Levi. In reality, Levi has always been attracted to Jordan, but but has kept quiet out of respect for his late friend Josh. Jordan gets an assignment to do a story on Levi going from the Navy Seals ("Green Berets- big difference!") to his rookie year with the Rebels. I noticed someone mixed up the branch of service at least 7 times. Huh. Maybe we need John Wayne to straighten them out. This is 3rd person POV.
Levi may have a surly expression but has a heart of gold. He doesn't let too many people know about his good qualities. There's a lot of attention paid to Veterans and how the public doesn't consider what is needed for them to transition back into society. There's a sweet side story about a guy named Joe, that Levi also knew from the army. This book wasn't just about a rowdy hockey player. So much more.
Jordan was widowed 5 years before. She's been working in a mainly male oriented profession. Jordan has an uphill battle to get respect and avoid harassment. Jordan's usual sunny personality is a contrast to Levi's gruff exterior. They soon admit their mutual attraction. They try to keep it under wraps. Jordan makes a mistake in who she can trust. Levi thinks he's made a mistake in trusting Jordan. There are appearances from characters in the books before: Dante, Harper, and Remy. There is also Levi's young at heart teammate, Theo. He's the wacky side-kick that has no filter. Sometimes, he's spot on with his observations. I have this feeling he's underestimated & we'll see more of him in future books. I wish that the bad guy had been dealt with more punitively. I liked the resolution between Levi and Jordan. Harper's role was perfect. The epilogue was short but sweet. I've read all of the Chicago Rebels' books and would love to read more. I received this ARC from NetGalley. ...more
4.5 stars. Jessica Alcazar is RIGHT. I read this before Getaway Girl. I think that I know why... I own G.G. & will read it soon. I love Naomi, Jas4.5 stars. Jessica Alcazar is RIGHT. I read this before Getaway Girl. I think that I know why... I own G.G. & will read it soon. I love Naomi, Jason & Birdie <3 **** Update: I really enjoyed this book. I already had Getaway Girl, but decided to read this one first. Naomi could have been the bad guy (girl) in G.G., but I really loved her in this one. She's no shrinking violet. She ran away from her groom when it was almost too late. She should have spoken up before, but her explanation is contained in this story. She's from a wealthy family in Charleston SC. Naomi is a beauty contest queen. Many times over. What can this get her? How far can this get her? Try St Augustine Florida. I've missed reading Tessa Bailey's books. I love her heroes and heroines. Usually very strong personalities. This book is no exception. I love the scene where Naomi meets Jason. Jason is all gruff and a soldier in the US Army. He's back in his hometown of St Augustine Florida. He's on extended leave to take care of his teenager sister Birdie. Birdie's twin sister Natalie had died suddenly. Their parents had a lack of good parenting skills & poor loving feelings for their surviving daughter. This part pissed me off to no end. The selfish asshats left Naomi with Jason, to grieve alone. Fortunately, the "parents" weren't mentioned very much. Jason has his hands full. Naomi answers an ad for a job to be Birdie's beauty contest coach. Naomi becomes the big sister/mother figure that Birdie desperately needs. Birdie's true, sweet, spunky self starts to come back thanks to Naomi's encouragement. Jason and Naomi have an attraction to each other. Jason knows that the Army is calling him back soon. Naomi knows that she has to go back home & face up to her family & friends. I love Tessa Bailey's writing. Her characters are so well developed. I had a little confusion with Jason's military service. He's in the army, but says he's a diver. I couldn't figure that out or where he was serving was vague to me. Did he travel? Was he stationed in one location? That detail confused me a little. Over all, I loved this book. I'll be reading Getaway Girl soon. I won't be giving away any secrets to say that it's about Naomi's ex-fiance. I'll get their back story & what happens to him after Naomi......more
I snapped up this book when it came out. So did a lot of us! It took me a little bit longer to read this. Not necessarily a bad thing. I try not to s I snapped up this book when it came out. So did a lot of us! It took me a little bit longer to read this. Not necessarily a bad thing. I try not to skim. There is a lot of dialogue (or text). The first 40% or so is all email then IM between Aaron & Ruby. I really enjoyed this part of it. There's a lot of mundane details. They "talked" about all kinds of stuff. It was like a journal, but getting a response from a friend. I wrote in a journal when I was in High School. I also wrote pen pals. One was a guy from my neighborhood. He was a punk when we were younger. He joined the Marines. I really enjoyed writing to him-just as a friend. In this story, Ruby is 23 y/o and very immature in many ways. She's the first to admit it. She's been sheltered her whole life. She's determined to break out of her label "squirt". Even her younger sister calls her that. Ruby has a close family, but they have been smothering her and not really encouraging her to grow. I love how Ruby and Aaron message back and forth. Ruby has written a service man before, but this time it's different. She starting to feel something different for Aaron. She's had her hopes up and then her heart broken from a crush on a family friend. It was a couple of years before, but she's still smarting from the rejection. After the 40%-44% mark, the POV is just Ruby. What does Aaron feel for her? I enjoyed the transition to dialogue and narrative. What was going to happen when Ruby & Aaron meet? The plot did still include a lot of mundane details. It did slow down quite a bit for me. I was caught up in Ruby and Aaron. Ruby is not unlike a lot of real life early 20s girls- and even some guys. I talk to them at work all day long. I got married when I was 23 and we bought a condo the following year. I thought that I was an emotional wimpy young girl. I know what it's like to take the big steps that Ruby tries to take. Ruby seems stunted. maturity wise, she's way behind young women her age. There a few supporting roles with young women that seem light night and day compared to Ruby. In Dear Aaron, Ruby is taking baby steps, but she's really trying to grow up. A Kick Ass heroine she's not. I could tell that Aaron is physically attracted to her. But they already "knew" each other from letting it all hang out in their IM and emails. Aaron is very patient with Ruby. Ruby's thinking he's got her friend-zoned. She doesn't want that one-sided infatuation again. Or is it love. Real love? I read some reviews that said Aaron seemed cold. Not at all, in my opinion. He is very sweet to Ruby. He's very protective of her. He knows that she inexperienced. I enjoyed the ending much more than I thought I would. I'm giving 4 stars. This is my 2nd MZ book. I want to read more from this author. I love that this is SO different from the usual books out there. I got this through Amazon KU ...more
This is my first Suzanne Brockmann book. I received this ARC from NetGalley. 3rd Person POV I loved the witty banter. The humor was so dry. I love thatThis is my first Suzanne Brockmann book. I received this ARC from NetGalley. 3rd Person POV I loved the witty banter. The humor was so dry. I love that. I especially loved Shayla. I wish that more time was spent with her and Peter. There was WAY too much time spent on finding Maddie. Lordy, that wore thin. That should not be more than 1/2 the book! Peter was great too. He was made to look foolish at times. By Maddie. Maddie is his 15 year old daughter. Peter is a single dad. He's a Navy Seal officer. Maddie's mom dies before this book starts. Peter has custody of Maddie. Or does he? Maddie is on the run throughout the first -at least 5o% of the story. Shayla helps Peter in the hunt for Maddie. Shayla is a little wacky, but adorable Romance novel writer. She has some great lines and I love her inner monolgue with Harry, one of her characters from her novels. I loved her way with Peter, she seemed to have act together more than Peter. Shayla's a divorced mom of two teenage boys. I got tired of the chase the teen aged daughter & I bailed at 51% All the stars are for JUST the time with Peter and Shayla. MADDIE TOOK UP TOO MUCH TIME. I will probably try this author again. I really love her writing style. The plot stalled for me. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC....more