Kiss Me, Sweetheart by Codi Gary Release Date: February 13, 2018 Publisher: Lyrical Shine Book #2 in the Something Borrowed series Number of pages: 210 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 2/2/18 to 2/4/18
From the first book in this series, Don’t Call Me Sweetheart, I was intrigued by Rylie’s story. She is a smart, sweet, funny, sexy woman. Why would she stay with a guy everyone in her inner circle seems to hate? We all know things aren’t always so simple and black and white. So I was looking forward to her story and to seeing her find her HEA.
Dustin is your typically rich-boy player who we find out later is actually a total sweetheart…for the right woman anyway. He has a temper that he tries so hard to hold in check since he knows first hand what a bad temper can do to those around him. Yet just seeing him with his housekeeper and the way that caring lady is with him you just know there’s more to him than meets the eye. Of course, being around Rylie brings that good part out for all to see.
I love the chemistry between Dustin and Rylie. Even when they’re mad at each other their pull comes across and out of the pages. Enough that those around them who barely know them can see it even before they truly see it for themselves.
Dustin’s back story had the potential to give so much more depth to this story. As much as I enjoyed this story overall, I was a bit disappointed that these things weren’t fleshed out more. So as not to give away the reason Dustin really decided to work as a groomsman for hire I won’t say too much, but I was super curious as to why he even decided to pursue that particular avenue. Not to mention the fraught childhood he had…although I hold out hope we’ll get a story about his brother Charlie and maybe we’ll get more information on that matter.
All in all this was a great book and I’m continuing to enjoy this author’s work.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**