Author: Georgia Lyn Hunter
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/NA
Series: Players to Men Series (Book One)
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Synopsis: When the fairy tale life you believed in falls apart, there is nothing else left…
Or so I thought, until Trouble, wrapped in one hunky body and a sinful smile promising untold pleasure of the carnal kind, lands on my doorstep. Despite what my body demands or the fact that I’m irresistibly drawn to him, I’d been burned too deeply to dare try again. Besides, Max Meade-Sinclair is my younger sister’s best friend—and totally off-limits.
Ila Logan’s coolly dismissive manner captures and challenges me from the moment our paths cross. What I want, I usually get. A little thing like age isn’t going to stop me. Neither are the men who disappear into her secluded room. However, she proves a difficult opponent who leaves me falling for her a little more at each encounter.
This tempestuous woman is mine, but to win her, I must dig deeper, and show her that beneath my brawling, player facade exists a man who would go to the ends of the earth to make her happy.
But surviving my own dark past may just destroy the fragile bond growing between us…
Max's life is in shambles. After the tragic death of his mother, he went off the rails in every facet of his life. His relationship with his father is nonexistent. The music education he once had is ruined. After a sabbatical in Peru, Max needs a fresh start. But lingering pain from a car accident and being the heir to his father's fortune makes this all the more difficult.
Ila hasn't fared much better as of late. Her cheating scum ex-fiance still hounds her and the floozy he cheated with loves flaunting her catch. Ila's job comes with a pain-in-the-ass boss. Her love of painting is the only passion she has left and even that has become a hassle as she works on the side to help pay off her family's debt.
When Max spots a woman in a laundromat, he is captivated by her. Little does he know, but a friend's apartment that he is about to crash in will come with a nice perk: Ila. Determined to hang on to the new light in his life, Max sets on a path to woo the woman of his dreams.
All is not smooth sailing, though. Ila has been burned once by a man and she doesn't want any part of what Max is offering. But no matter how many excuses she makes for avoiding him, Ila can't help but feel as though a romp with Max might be the cure she needs to get over her ex and move on with her life. She just promises that her heart is off limits...
Overall, I liked this book. But that didn't come as easily as I hoped it would. Both of our main characters had serious communication problems. I understand that a lot of people run from their issues and avoid confrontation at all costs. These two didn't ignore conflict in general, only with each other. Meaning, when something happened, instead of talking about it, one would inevitably flee the scene and it became repetitive. After a few times, you'd think that these two would grow up enough to learn their lesson. Not so...
However, despite the constant disappearing acts, there is a lot to like about this book. The main characters are flawed and layered with past hurts and believable insecurities. There was definite chemistry between the couple and the love scenes sizzled. The plot was busy so there was plenty of development there, too.
A solid good read and nice start to the series. I look forward to the next book. Three suns!