My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For the month leading up to the release of this book, every time I looked through my ‘to be read’ list my eyes zeroed in on this book so when it was finally released I rushed out and bought it and I wasn’t disappointed.
Cath Talarico & Nev Chamberlain are complete opposites. He’s a banker in stiff suits with a family legacy and she’s… not. Art, tattoos and a history that she doesn’t share with anyone are her thing. He’s English and she’s American. He’s private schools and money and she’s again… not.
Cath passes the time waiting for her train by people watching… giving nicknames to the people who wait with her. One of them she has nicknamed “City” – a well-dressed, gorgeous guy in a suit. Someone who’s she’s sure has never once noticed her.
Cath has taken a two year hiatus from men in an attempt to straighten out her life, and she’s now got a job she loves and is no longer the person she once was. And then a horror of a blind date happens where she inadvertently takes an antihistamine and drinks some alcohol and she finds herself on the train platform in a bit of trouble. Enter Nev, who brings her back to his place to sleep it off. She wakes up wondering just what the hell she did last night.
I love the way Knox wrote these characters… I genuinely liked both Nev and Cath. Nev really wasn’t what Cath predicted … or who she assumed he was. At least not with her.
“She’d thought of how he’d seemed to her before she knew him, cold and polished as a marble statue at the train station. How he really was when they were alone. Hot and messy. Intense and conflicted. Vulnerable and real.”
He was this warm, passionate, seductive and sweet guy that with just a sentence or a look could have you swooning. He was patient and sweet with her and knowing there was a history she wasn’t ready to share he never pushed. (well… until you know…lol)
Cath is carrying a lot of baggage. She has a history of poor choices and disappointment and with her mother’s death has promised to make something of herself… someone who her mother could be proud of. All the history still has a lot of influence on her current life even though she has tried to put it in the past and move forward. Even with her history, you’re immediately drawn to her as she’s funny, and witty and the two together have an incredible chemistry.
The characters aren’t perfect, they both have their flaws, and I found myself especially angry with Cath because for all the “new start” thoughts and ideas she kept her past right at the front of her mind constantly using it as a reminder of why she shouldn’t be all in with Nev and she never really had confidence in him, constantly thinking her past would be a dealbreaker for him. In dramatic fashion the climax occurs and then I truly loved the end. It totally worked for me. But that’s all I’m saying about that! You will have to read it to experience it!
I didn’t highlight much in this book… I tend not to with romance books, but the following line was one of the couple that stuck out to me as being a favorite…
“They were loud and messy together. Sweaty and transcendent. Alarmingly, wonderfully out of control. They were the closest thing to perfect she’d ever known.”
Knox gives readers a wonderful, sweet romance with witty dialogue and some hot love scenes! Definitely give it a read!