She’d got his number…
For savvy antiques dealer Rowan Dunn life is good – until a passport error gets her deported back to South Africa! Stranded at the airport, Rowan can only remember two phone numbers: her parents’ (definitely not an option!) and her best friend’s brother’s. As much as she hates it, Rowan knows she has no choice.
It’s time to call Seb Hollis and ask for help…
Seb is even sexier than Rowan remembers – and just as infuriating! He’s always pushed her buttons, but at least now she knows how to push them back. Maybe it’s time to start sleeping with the enemy – even though Rowan’s sure there won’t be a whole lot of sleeping going on…!
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The Last Guy She Should Call, or A Masterclass in How To Pull Off Starkly-Contrasting Characters
The best friend’s brother is a trope that has been done over and over again in romance novels – and there’s a reason for this. Everyone knows that there are aspects of their childhood that they’d rather leave behind them – whether that’s their particularly bad hair (I still have nightmare’s about how untameable my hair used to be, back in the day) or a specific humiliating moment that defined who they are – and when you’re faced with a hero who knows all of that, wow it can be powerful.
If written well.
And boy can Joss Wood write. Rowan and Seb clash instantaneously, part-childhood enmity and part-misunderstanding, but at no point do either of them become stereotypes.
In Rowan, you have a strong independent nomad, used to travelling the world and doing what she wants and loves all the time, but usually not what we expect. And then there’s Seb. Tall and dark and handsome, he pretty much smoulders his way off the page and into your heart.
I think what’s best about this novel, is that it highlights that two people who are very very different, can still make a go of it. Without spoiling the ending (which is so damn good), these two very different, very individual people, stay true to themselves as well as making a go of it with each other.
Plus there’s the sex. Wood’s sex scenes always seem organic, with men and women interchangeably strong. Also, reading this book straight after one that made me fume over the way that it dressed up sexual harassment as romance (it’s remaining unnamed – I don’t like slagging books off), it proved how you can have a dominant partner in the bedroom without him being too pushy.
It’s rare that you find characters in a book who are so starkly different in the way they live their lives, and it’s so good to see it proven that it can work without anyone compromising themselves.
Reviewed by Desere Steenberg, South Africa
Every teenager will tell you they have the uncontrollable urge to take off running and just live their lives without any interference from their parents.
Of course when grown up they realize running away and being all grown up and making their own rules is not everything they expected it to be.
Of course for some it's the only way out because not all parents are able to give their children a little wriggle room. We all need a chance to spread our wings and find ourselves, this is exactly what heroine Rowan does.
Stifled , feeling let down, heartbroken and out of place she takes off, floats from one country to the next and never once thinks about returning home.
So being deported back and straight into the arms of her arch enemy not only brings her face to face with her demons of the past but, it also traps her between a rock and a hard place or rather between running from love and wrapping herself around Seb and all the dreams he can make come true.
This author's books have been a favorite of mine from the first time I read her work, and in all honesty I did not believe she could get any better. With this read she completely blew me away, this is without a doubt the hottest, sexiest, spiciest most awesome book she has written.
The characters were very well written, created with true intensity. The author showed both Seb and Rowan as lost children needing to find their way through the hurt and muck of earlier years and let them develop not only into one of the hottest couples on the reading radar but, as adults standing up and fighting to come out stronger and more grownup than most people who have a very normal no mess no fuss childhood.
This read was so hot and spicy, with the conflict so full of life and so powerful it made me want to leap up and first head bash both characters and the next shove them into a room, lock the door and just let them sort it out before it was too late. Fabulously intense!
Exquisitely described backdrops, stunning dialogue,and mesmerizing passion all wrapped up into a perfect bubble of romance of the very best kind.
I'm taking away a message of we all run and sometimes it is definitely needed but at some point we need to grow up, stop running and instead face our issues and move on to the next part of our lives, not by running for the hills the second we have resolved the issues, instead stick around start fresh and build the life you always wanted even with the occasional hiccup the knowing that you have found home and have found the peace you seeked is all worth it.
I highly recommend this read for all fans looking for a hot, spicy, sweet, sexy and totally fabulously awesome read of how two people are more alike then they realize and how they lift each other up and over the rainbow. Joss keep up the SPICE!
5/5 Star Review
"Want and need pushes the limits as passion explodes"
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