Overall: 3.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 3/5 🔥🔥🔥
~QD STORY DETAILS~
Tear jerker: No
Location: Maine, USA
Character age range: Earl 30s
Lead: Luke Barrett
Love interest(s): Josie Cross
HEA: No – cliffhanger
~QD BOOK INFO~
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Series: Yes – Barrett Brothers
1. Privately – released 06/07/19
2. Barrett All – released 07/19/19
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative
Possible triggers: Violence
The Quick and Dirty: Small town love story with a slice of scandal, betrayal and vindication! 😤💪
Luke is the town bad boy, the forgotten son that all the ladies now want a piece of. He spends his days working in his shop and getting ready to launch his new brewery and his nights reeling in the beauties – locals and tourists alike. His heart was broken years ago by Josie Garrett and he has no plans of letting anyone in again. That is, until Josie shows back up, 11 years later, with a precocious and disarming 4 year old in tow. The both think the other is to blame for their split but there are other forces at work and it’ll take them figuring it out together to finally put the past behind them and face the future together.
I loved the New England feel of the book but I did have a few small qualms with the story. There were a few parts that felt confusing, like where Josie believes her father (which by itself felt out of character) because she claims she’s his favorite but up until that point (and afterward) he had done nothing but treat her poorly. The letter was not really discussed afterward and Trish’s involvement (or lack thereof) was not really discussed beyond a quick assumption by Josie. Also, I felt the ending was rushed. There is this huge bomb dropped on the reader and I kind of expected there to be more confrontation and fall out from it, but it was glossed over and ultimately their happily-ever-after was a bit anticlimactic. Overall, a fun read but I felt it had a lot more potential that could have been fully reached given a little more story and character development.
** I was provided an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.**
She taught me how to love.
She taught me how to hate.
She burst into my heart as abruptly as she left.
I’ve spent eleven years wondering why until she showed up all these years later.
Still bright. Still beautiful.
Still the only woman I’d loved.
* * *
Lover. Liar. Cheat. Criminal.
He left me on the hook for his sins.
I haven’t thought of him since the day I said: “I do.”
But life has a funny way of unearthing your deepest, darkest desire.
And mine just happens to be him.
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KB Cinder is an author of contemporary romances with heat, hahas, and HEAs. She’s happily living with her partner in crime, Panda, and their assortment of animals in New Jersey.