Kiss a stranger in a dimly lit hallway and your wildest dreams will come true. Sounds like a cheesy fortune cookie line but it’s exactly what put Olivia Fletcher on Kane McKenzie’s radar. That kiss though. Ms. Archer knows how to pour so much into the art of describing a kiss. Beautiful! The hard part is going to be getting his brother on the same page. I could tell from my first meeting with Alex that he was going to be a hard nut to crack but so much fun to watch.
Speaking of Alex, Olivia’s first meeting with him was fraught with tension of a whole different dimension. So much for first impressions but it was such a clever set up since Olivia was meeting him for the first time to interview for a job. I felt bad for her but was totally looking forward to the crow he’d be eating once he had time to cool down. On the flip side, Olivia is a worrier. Big time! I liked how Alex and Kane help her work through her issues and bring out the fire in Red (adorable nickname Alex gives her).
That’s one of the reasons I really like the McKenzie men. They appear to be polar opposites, and are different in many ways but, then they begin to focus on Olivia and in that they are single minded and intense. This trio has great chemistry when they all come together or even when it’s just Olivia plus one.
Readers who like clearly defined bad guys are gonna love this one. Seriously, I couldn’t decide who I loved to hate more but Claudette, the guys’ mom, would probably win the prize. She defines cunning, conniving and manipulative. Evil draws evil and so I wasn’t surprised to see who she was ultimately linked to but it made the ending so much sweeter. Tasha, for her treachery and shallowness, runs a close second. Or maybe the ex-fiance, Caroline. Yeah, Alex has plenty of reasons to not trust women in general. Olivia had her work cut out with teaching him different.
There’s a lot going on in this novel. Some issues are simple annoyances and others are down right evil. I had to read closely to see how it all intertwined and catch all the players. As the blurb alludes to a part of the plot has to deal with Alex’s fear of betrayal. That part both broke my heart and yet, I had to love how the author handled it. It felt real, rather than a convenient way to move the characters along.
Word to readers who choose this for it’s BDSM elements. These guys are not soft-core BDSM. They are serious about their kink and the woman who wins them has to be just as much.
I love every opportunity to revisit King’s Bluff and catch up with the Chloe, Reagan and her friends and the men, oh yeah, the men. Nice! Oh and Olivia’s mom, gotta love her and getting to know her back story was actually pretty cool because of the way it tied into the main plot of the book. Also, I can’t wait to read Caleb and Purdy’s story and it looks like their third will be resident Dom Eli. He sounds yummy and can definitely handle the spitfire little music teacher.
Fantastic addition to the King’s Bluff series. The stories are all stand alone and fully satisfying reads. If you haven’t been to Wyoming, they grow they hot and dominate out in the wild. Now is the perfect time to go exploring!
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