One woman — and a wild weekend — is about to change everything.
I am in love. Riley Walsh and his leading lady own me, heart and soul. Every single aspect of their relationship is real and honest and prefect.
Riley is amazing in a strangely endearing wreck of a man kind of way. He, at times, acts younger than his 30 years, considering his love of comics, but he has this vibrancy for life. It emanates from him. You literally just want to sit and soak in his energy. He is clumsy, yet has this incredible gift with his hands, drawing or preserving old historical homes. While he is often a mess, he is anything but in the bedroom, and I love seeing this dominating yet incredibly caring man take care of his lady. What will really make readers fall under the spell of the Riley Walsh, though, is the way he loves. He loves with abandon, holding nothing back. It is the way we want to be loved. All of these parts of this man, the good, the bad, and the crazy, create one of the most irresistible heroes I have ever encountered!
Riley’s heroine in Preservation is absolutely perfect for him. Kate Canterbary couldn’t have created a better woman. She is driven and intelligent, and yet she has insecurities and issues that rear their ugly head, causing issues between the two (let’s be honest, though, she isn’t solely to blame). Readers, however, will understand every single feeling that tears her apart, and it is utterly heartbreaking to watch these two struggle to find their happiness. In the end, though, she finds her place in her professional and personal life.
There is not one aspect of this story I disliked or wished was faster or slower. The set up, the growth from friends to lovers, the conflict, the resolution is all just fantastic. Kate Canterbary allows the readers to fall in love with this couple and invest in them together, because they see how good these two are for each other emotionally and physically. This reaction to them as a couple makes readers’s hearts ache when the inevitable conflict appears, and the falling action is hard to witness (I felt like my own heart was breaking). The ending though is everything a Riley Walsh finale should be, and I couldn’t keep my smile off of my face.
The Walshes are such a great family. I want to be a part of this group of dysfunctional siblings that are a tad crazy and unfiltered but filled with so much love. This story is such a wonderful way for the Last Walsh sibling to find love, and I couldn’t, as a reader, ask for anything more.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Two lonely hearts.
Just once, she’d like to be someone’s first choice.
She’s strong-willed and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.
Flying under the radar is what he does best.
He’s laid-back and loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will ever make that a reality.
An arrangement of mutual benefit.
Two months, four dates.
Five, if things go well.
Five at the most.
But possibly six.
Definitely no more than six dates.
Only the appearance of a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their time together. There will be none of those benefits involved.
One wild weekend.
After waking up in bed together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than exposing their fake relationship: letting go of the past and zipping up the future.
Some things have to fall apart before they can be put back together.
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