I chose this book because I love stories with a military or former military character and I was also intrigued with the older woman/younger man dynamic while also liking the idea that they are both of a seasoned age.
The story itself was told from multiple points of view and revolved around the attraction and romance of Alexa Ranger, a fifty year old divorced, former model and now wealthy businesswoman and Casey Carter, disabled Marine vet and widower.
Alexa has become a hard woman and a cynic while Casey is just coming out of mourning his wife and is hopeful when he feels attraction for the first time since his wife died. The two together are more volatile than oil and water- more like oil and a lit match. Alexa has a temper and is determined that she is a strong independent woman who will be dictated to by no man while Casey is stubborn and set in his ways with decided opinions about women. Alexa puts up barriers almost as fast as the determined Casey tears them down. Toss into that Alexa’s daughter who is on the outs with Casey’s younger cousin, Alexa’s girlfriends who bring their own brand of advice, her assistant and his partner who want all the best for Alexa and it all just gets better. There is a lot of testing and building of trust and understanding before something happens to cause Alexa to acknowledge her feelings.
I really enjoyed much about this story and loved seeing both characters grow and grow together. At first, I cringed at how mean Alexa was and winced at how Casey handled things. I thought putting them together was a disaster which is why it was great when they finally worked past it. Truthfully, even after reading the story I have trouble relating to Alexa even though I’m of an age with her. Much of the story I spent fascinated about how she saw things like when she got angry about stuff that I just didn’t consider that big of a deal. But then I realized that under all that brass attitude, she was just being insecure. Casey had me laughing a great deal of the time. He was straight-forward ‘what you see is what you get’ much of the time, but that bit of vulnerability over his injured hip and about how Alexa saw him as a man because of it was endearing to me.
This would appeal to those who enjoy a more than sassy middle-aged heroine with a chip on her shoulder and a commanding ex-Marine hero who knows what he wants and goes for it.