When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.
I found myself really engaged with Raven and Dalton and really wanting to see where the story went. Their chemistry was wonderful, the sex was hot (this matters) and their relationship, the dialog and the interaction, was enough that I wanted to see how the author built on it. I liked the way Jennifer Probst dealt with the reveal of who Raven was, and I thought Dalton reacted reasonably, which is a tough balance to hit...angry, but not too angry that he loses the reader's belief that Raven would still want to be with him. I thought this was balanced well.
There were a couple of places where the story seemed a little slow, and I thought there was possibly a little too much where I wasn't entirely sure what happened in the events they were referring to (I think some of the events were in the previous book, which I did not read) and there were a couple of points where the relationship with the brothers seemed a bit harsh, bit I also think this was something that was more fully explored in the first book. That said, this was not enough to make me feel that this was not a standalone.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430750-any-time-any-place
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.
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