Faith Mendes needs to get her life in order and get a job--yesterday. Thankfully, the live-in house-keeper position at the King brothers' ranch is up for grabs. Problem is, she'd be working with her old childhood crush, Nate King. He's sexy, wealthy, and his Texas-sized charms are legendary...and, clearly, impossible to resist.
Nate never thought twice about his best friend's little sister. Back then, Faith was off-limits. But now that she's all grown up, Nate's whole world has turned upside-down. Razor-sharp, down-to-earth, and hotter-than-heck, Faith is everything Nate has ever dreamed of in a woman...and maybe even in a wife. But Faith has loved and lost enough already to risk it all on another known bad-boy. How can Nate convince her that he is the real deal--and that he's ready to rein it in and never look back?
Faith is the little sister of Nate’s best friend, so of course for Nate, this makes her off limits.
The problem? She is living in his house as his housekeeper following the end of an abusive relationship…so turning down her request for help also feels wrong, disloyal and like the wrong thing to do as a friend. And, friends is what Nate is determined that they will stay.
Faith has always been attracted to Nate, and the feeling is mutual. Nate is reluctant to act on this attraction, but Faith is not as reserved. This is most of the tension between them, as Nate is honest with her…mostly, that he is attracted but not comfortable acting on the relationship. This is reinforced by the reaction of Faith’s brother when he arrives at the ranch and finds Faith there.
There is the push and pull of what they want vs. what they think they should do. At times, I thought the reaction of Faith’s brother was a little over the top, as he and Nate were the best of friends…but the brother reacted like Faith was dating his mortal enemy and not his best friend. This was my only real issue with the book and each time the situation with the brother appeared, it was a sore point for me, as it just didn’t seem realistic.
This is the 3rd in a series. There are appearances of the other characters from the 1st 2 books, so you get some follow up with those characters and a lot of the plot lines that were ongoing in the first books are resolved, or semi-resolved, in this book. It can also be read as a standalone, as there is enough in the story for Faith and Nate to be a complete story and you get enough info about the other characters to be able to relate to them even if you have not read the first 2 books.
The plot was overall strong, aside from the issue with the brother. The pacing worked well, the characters were likeable and overall I was able to relate to them. I recommend I Knew You Were Trouble.