I almost stopped reading this several times only to find myself falling in love with these two characters. See it is the second novel in the Strictly Business Series and I haven’t read the first one. This caused some slight confusion in the beginning as the characters are friends and established already. Then everything seemed so platonic in the beginning and I was kind of bored. Once I sat down and dug in, I found myself questioning why I would give up.
When sweet guys aren’t cutting it, Quinn Sawyer has to find a way to get out of her comfort zone and find some gumption to leap out of her shell to experience life in ways she has never dared to before. Being a journalist, Quinn’s boss asks the team for a innovative story that hasn’t been done. Now Quinn has to break all her rules to experience what a good girl does when she decided to go bad. With a little help from her tattooed friend, she just might break more than a few rules.
Tim Jacobs knows all about being a bad boy. He’s lived the life of drug and alcohol addiction. One accident woke him up and he has been clean and sober for 7 years. In those seven years though, he has still not found enough self esteem to realize he is worth something and loved. Crushing on the innocent Quinn isn’t helping so he decides since he has walked on the wild side, he is going to help Quinn complete her list.
Checking off each item on the list brings them closer as they spend time together. Tim doesn’t think he is good enough, but Quinn sees the good side of him. The love builds slowly from friendship as the two reveal more and more of their personalities and what makes them them.
Tim is also a chef…can’t you imagine all the wonderful food he can make? But he makes the things Quinn likes even the weird stuff. His sweet side wins her heart as he has worked hard to become a man his brother can be proud of, but he hasn’t realized he has achieved.
The story has some very painful parts that had my throat thickening and tears burning my eyes. It is bittersweet and hard at times to continue to read, but you do because that is the respect these characters are due. I loved this story and the stupid things each of them do for love. Each check mark off of Quinn’s list is something a lot of people want to do, break out of their shell. Nothing on the list is too horrible, but you watch these two grow over experiences they share.
Love this book and now I am a fan of the author!
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