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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin
I went into Bare it All thrilled to be getting Reese’s story and finding out why Alice is so quiet, closed off and vigilant. I got a lot more than I expected, but I also didn’t buy some of the personality traits of either the hero or the heroine.
In book one of this series, I spent a lot of time not knowing if I trusted Detective Reese Bareden. I found out I could by the end of that book. This one picks up the day after the end of the last one. Reese is sleeping on Alice’s (his neighbor) couch as his was trashed during the take down the day before. Throughout the last book, we see Reese skirt around Alice, not sure what he thought or felt. He is attracted, but he also knows she is hiding something and that makes him very uncomfortable.
Alice Appleton is a reclusive neighbor who takes a liking to the stray down Reese adopts, Cash. She watches him a lot for Reese when he needs it, but she loves the dog just as much as he does. Working at home allows her the privacy she seeks after the hard time she has gotten out of recently. Alice helped take down a human trafficking ring that she was kidnapped into as an assistant to the big guy. Still aware of what can happen to women, she stays vigilant and quiet, but Reese is not buying everything she is projecting.
Very quickly the two fall into a relationship that was kind of strange. The first day it’s just sleeping together, no sex because Alice needs time to adjust. She was not raped, but she does have trust issues. With Reese she trusts but still wants to hold onto her secrets. By the second night, she is seducing him to put off telling him something she did that day. From there, the sex continues on and on. Sometimes hot, sometimes I just wanted to get back to the story.
So in the last book we were left that there was another human trafficking ring they were going to sell Pepper into, so now the guys have to bring down a trafficking ring they know little to nothing about. Leave it to Alice to be the one to notice and get caught up in that situation again.
The action is full force and never dulls. Reese gets in his licks on the bad guys, but he also comes home bruised a few times too. Cash, the dog, has big parts in the story. Mostly being walked, petted and fed treats at times when the two characters want to get “busy”.
Logan and Pepper, the hero and heroine from the first book, make several appearances along with Rowdy, Pepper’s brother, and Dash, Logan’s brother. Even the lieutenant makes her appearances and shocks the socks off Reese.
There were several problems I had with the story though. Alice was way to wide-eyed and innocent. Too trusting of Reese, but also withholding information. Her character left me more confused than anything. I liked her, felt bad for her, but I also wanted to shake her to help me understand. Reese was more caveman in his attitude. Not that he had any problems with women, just he kept trying to shield Alice and tell her what to do.
The second problem is that time was really short in this book for love and forever, but at times the story seemed to drag in the middle. I wanted it to move faster or at least not spend so much time in certain spots as it did. It just seemed to take me forever to get through the middle of the book.
Other than those two issues, I loved the story. I want more Rowdy though and I hope his book is next with Avery. Those two are going to give me fits, I just know!
I recommend this to anyone who likes romantic suspense, unusual heroines, and hot men that you can’t get out of your mind.