Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. With her crippling anxiety, there’s no way she can demo her favorite video game at a convention with five thousand other people. Maybe if she brings someone to act as a shield…
But the only person available is the sexy cowboy she can’t stand.
Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his wealthy family’s matchmaking attempts—and life advice—for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he needs of a shield of his own.
He and Aubry can barely hold down a civil conversation, but in bed…fireworks. And the closer they get to Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually like Aubry.
Now it’s up to him to convince her she might actually like him, too.
I liked the premise of this, a lot. In the intro Katee Robert mentions that she likes writing heroines who are annoying, who are difficult, and who keep pushing away men who clearly care about them. This describes Aubry perfectly.
When we first meet them in this book, Quinn and Aubry are well settled into the hatred of one another, trading barbs and dealing with being around one another because of their relationships to others they are close to, but wishing the other was not there.
This changes when a road trip and a family wedding show each of them that the other may be able to assist them in dealing with a situation they are reluctant to deal with alone. Fights ensue, the inevitable attraction of two people who fight passionately happens, and then we get to go along for the ride while watching Quinn and Aubry try to figure things out for themselves.
The writing, the dialog and the characters are excellent. You believe in the characters and the relationship. And, more importantly, you really feel that each of them benefits from a relationship with the other, that they are stronger together than they are apart.
I recommend this book.