This book claims to be the fourth in the “Ethan Frost” series but trust me you don’t need to read any of the other books in the series to read this one. I read like two of the Ethan Frost books and I’m positive you don’t need to read those first. In even better news, if you had gotten really sick of the Ethan Frost books like I was, this book has a totally new storyline to offer so you can judge it on its own merit.
This is the story of Chloe and Miles. Chloe has hated Miles because he is the brother of her best friend and Chloe doesn’t know all the details of that relationship. Chloe made some assumptions about Miles that just weren’t true. Miles’ reaction was pretty predictable. If you treat a guy like you hate him, he’s likely to hate you back. In addition, Chloe is a recovering party girl who was very sexually free. Chloe always thought she was just partying but in this book she has to face some hard truths about herself and the choices she made.
Chloe and Miles are thrown together when Chloe’s past come’s back to hunt her and she has to flee to her best friend’s house where Miles is also staying. And that’s where the fun starts. Let me just first say that Chloe got a raw deal in every sense of the expression. If you don’t feel sorry for her then you just don’t feel at all. The way Chloe’s father treated her was particularly egregious. I did like that the author made the connection between the way Chloe’s father treated her and the treatment she expected from men. As for Miles, he is trying to make up for the past when he felt like he didn’t do enough to protect his sister. So Chloe is in need of some protecting and Miles is just the guy to give it to her.
There is no small amount of angst in this book. The couple is locked in a war of Chloe feeling the need to figure things out for herself and Miles wanting to give her everything she never got from a man. And in between all that, the two can’t decide if they want to screw each other or slap each other. I liked Chloe and Miles together and I enjoyed their story. The chemistry is there with this couple from the beginning and the way Miles tries to fix Chloe’s effed up life is everything you could want in a man.
I was mildly annoyed by Chloe sometimes. Her need to do it on her own when she didn’t have a pot to piss in just really got under my skin. Heroines who won’t accept help when they clearly need it is one of my personal pet peeves. All that aside, this is a pretty good contemporary romance with some twists and turns and a couple you will be rooting for.
**ARC provided by Publisher**