Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 7, 2018
I was excited to jump back into a world that Kylie Scott has built for us to enjoy. An older man, younger woman romance, that I wasn’t so sure about. It turned out better than expected. The romance when it hit was extremely sensual, but also passionate. Unfortunately, the hero doesn’t get his chance to explain his side of this story.
Adele as 15 when she met Pete while on summer vacation. Her parents are divorced and summers are spent with her father away fro Sydney. Mostly boring time as she sat around construction sites reading and staying out the way. So when Pete, one of her father’s employees takes her under his wig, she gets to know him well, but really only in a PG sense. Their friendship continues over the summers starting with him at 30 and her at 15 until at 18, Adele can no longer hold in her feelings she has been bottling up. Thinking she is legally an adult, she flashes Pete her breasts to get him to realize she is a woman now, not a girl. And in walks her father. Needless to say she is returned to her mother in Sydney, never to return to her father’s home. Now daddy is getting re-married and she has to go home….to stay in Pete’s house, which is across the street from her father’s house.
It is seven years later when the story picks up. Adele has measured every date, one-night stand or relationship to Pete, but doesn’t acknowledge it. Her current boyfriend is cheating on her and she couldn’t care less. Seeing Pete again, she is torn up inside, trying to keep her dignity, but also dealing with the grumpy interest of all her dreams. She holds herself together pretty good, making phone calls to roommate back home for advice. Since we only get to see Adele’s side, we don’t know much about what Pete is going through.
Each chapter until about the middle of the book, shows a scene from when Adele was younger. Pete is just a guy dating women and having platonic fun with Adele. At first I didn’t find it creepy when he invites the bosses kid the beach so she wouldn’t have to sit at the construction site, but as the story unfolds, you start to wonder why a thirty something guy is hanging out with a teenager each summer.
So I tried to ignore most of what happened when Adele was a teenager and focus more on what was going on now.
Pete was an ass…well from Adele’s point of view. A handsome ass. I really would have loved to know what was going on in his mind. Did he see her as the 18 year old that almost ruined his career? Did he see her as grown up and a woman who knows her mind? Did he just want to fuck the Adele of now or did he mistake her for the girl he might have had feelings for but denied? Was he concerned about her father who is now his business partner? What about age? Just a lot of unanswered questions that I couldn’t put all in the review.
Adele is a strong woman, but also one who thinks she fell in love at 18 and never fell out of love, just suppressed it. She’s sassy, smart mouthed and strong. Coming back for the wedding without a date wasn’t easy. Wading through emotions so conflicted, especially when you get mixed signals from the guy, really treacherous to the heart. She has a dead end job back in Sydney with her father wanting her to come work for him. It just all confuses Adele until one defining moment she realizes she is worth more than what her father and Pete are doing to her.
While I loved Adele, I wanted to love Pete. He just wasn’t like able, nor a great guy. He’s rude, grumpy and can’t make up his mind on what he really wants. The back and forth of him being nice, then cutting her with words then being nice and back again. It just all became a little much. So while I loved Adele and her new step-mom, I didn’t find much to redeem the men of this book.
The story is a standalone, so read away. It is young woman to older man story, which isn’t my favorite genre, but I can’t say I mind it. I just don’t want the young woman to be too young to actually not be an adult. If you can get past a hero being an ass, then you will love Adele! I promise!
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