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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on November 3, 2015
The title grabbed me on this one, but quickly I became dis-enamored by the characters. Why? Well the hero, Colt King, comes across as a cold hearted ass almost right from the start when his brother, Duke, comes into his office and tells them they have to go back to their hometown, Destiny, to see their ill aunt who raised them. You right away learn that Duke is an ex-convict who started a car shop where he did custom designs. Colt is the brains of the operation and turned one shop into a business making millions. Then there is also Levi, the youngest King brother who does a TV show featuring their custom shops. They all pile in a car and drive out to see what’s up with their grumpy, unaffectionate aunt who was forced to raise them.
Upon arrival to Destiny and their aunt’s house, Colt is greated by a shotgun with a woman in her underwear. Isn’t that great…getting a boner while there is a shotgun pointed at you? Lolly, the aunt, pulls all the guilt strings of each boy to get them to do something while she has ulterior motives to get them all fixed up. Colt is to take over the Head Shed and make it profitable, while keeping on her new tenant, Zanna, who is all the salon’s manager.
Zanna’s granddaddy didn’t raise an idiot, so she sleeps with a shotgun. After years of not finding what she wants and needs, Zanna ends up running from her past into a town she grows to love. She wants to buy the Head Shed by Lolly won’t sell it to her. The Head Shed is about 30 years outdated and need of some tough love to make it profitable in a town that doesn’t have much.
These two butt head almost from the start, but they also feel the attraction to each other. I loved seeing Colt loosen up. He has a dry sense of humor that while I didn’t lol at, I did smile. Zanna’s more level headed through it all, but she doesn’t want his money. She likes him, likes cooking and works hard. Colt is a workaholic who only dates women then dumps them when they get dollar signs in their eyes. I also learned that Colt loves his brothers even though he fights with them constantly. Starting the business and making it profitable was a way to keep his brothers close and not the poor boys they once were.
Destiny is that little town that never forgets. The King boys were dirt poor. Their mother died of cancer and their father was the local drunk who runs off leaving them in the care of Lolly who never wanted kids. While she wasn’t cruel, she wasn’t affectionate either. So it’s hard to see that she wants to fix them up and do good by them.
The story has sexy moments, but I wouldn’t say my kind burned up over it. Nope, they were mostly blah. Time would jump and I wanted more of some of the scenes as they built up or were chopped off. Colt isn’t the mean man we see in the beginning and I guess I shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions so fast. He still wouldn’t be my favorite person.
This is supposed to be a trilogy with a book for each brother. I couldn’t list the trilogy name because I couldn’t find any info on it. Sorry. It’s either Levi or Duke next and you get glimpses as to where their stories are headed.
Overall a decent story, nothing that made me stay up late or swoon with envy. Extremely strong heroine and mildly likable hero. A good book if you don’t have much else to read.