I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are likable, the plot is complex, as there are many story lines running, and the secondary characters are engaging enough to make me want to know what happens to them in the next two books in the series.
This story follows Wren and Stella as the balance a relationship with the demons of their pasts and the fears of opening up their hearts to each other. The heroine of the story, Wren, takes a job as a housekeeper for Stellan, and their attraction to each other is mainly physical at the beginning of the story. She resists, for obvious reasons, as he is her boss, but she also needs to the job to take care of her sister. Wren is a very honorable character. She sacrifices for the benefit of her sister, and, even though it annoys me and I disagree with her decision at the end of the novel, she sacrifices for what she thinks is best for Stellan. The other aspect of her characterization that I enjoy is that she recognizes multiple times that their relationship is strictly physical. It isn’t instantaneous love for her; her feelings develop as the story progresses, and this is refreshing, as most novels have insta-love. I also like Stellan as a hero. He never once tries to hide who he is, and he acknowledges his flaws. He also has many demons from his past that weigh on his mind. I truly enjoyed watching this couple interact and fall in love.
The secondary characters are also just as interesting. I adore Lennon, Chris, and Dylan. I am excited to see Dylan interact with Riley in the next book. There is nothing I love more than watching a gruff man fall in love.
Additionally, the plot is engaging. As stated before, there are a lot of subplots running in this book, but they are all resolved by the end of the book and serve the purpose of either developing the characters or their relationship to each other or advancing the plot. It might be a lot of drama for some readers, but it didn’t bother me. It kept me engaged with the story. The only part of the plot that bothers me is the decision that Wren makes at the end of the book. It just doesn’t make sense to me that she would choose to listen to this girl over Stellan. It seems unnecessary to me to put Stellan and Wren through one more thing, but it didn’t prevent me from liking the book or wanting to read more from this author.
This is my first read by J.L. Leslie, but it won’t be the last. I will be returning to finish the series. I like Dylan and Lennon too much not to see how their story ends!
Wren Davis has always been the responsible one. The caretaker. She’s always put her life on hold for others. When she takes a job as Stellan Zane’s housekeeper, she does it to take care of her sister. Her own life can wait. Only she wasn’t expecting to find him so irresistible…
Stellan Zane is used to getting what he wants, when he wants. No woman gets to him. No woman really knows about him or his past. When he lets his little sister hire him a housekeeper, Wren Davis is not what he was expecting. And she’s his employee. Yet, she’s what he wants…
Unable to fight their attraction, the two embark on a relationship that’s supposed to be uncomplicated. Allowing Wren to have the carefree life she’s never had and Stellan to enjoy the type of relationship he always gets. But when exes interfere, the unexpected happens and things become complicated, can Wren tame Stellan…and will he allow her to?
**All books in this series are stand-alone novels and can be read without reading the remaining books in the series. No cliffhangers!!**
About the Author:
I am a happily married mother of three (two boys and one girl). I live in a very small town in Alabama. Never lived anywhere else. I’ve been writing since my early twenties, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book. I’ve started self-publishing with the encouragement from my mom. Without her encouragement, I don’t think I would’ve done it. She always supported me and writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll continue to do it. I’ve learned already that I can’t please everyone. Not all reviews will be good, not all reviews will be bad. I’m the one that has to be happy with my work.
I get my inspiration from life experiences, movies, television, other authors, and music. Music is definitely a big influence on my writing. I can hear a song and it can inspire an entire book for me. I listen to it while I’m driving or before I start writing and it keeps me inspired. I like to put music in my books, even if it’s just one song the characters listen to or hear at some point. Sometimes music has gotten me through the really tough times in my life and that’s why it inspires me.
I like to write fast-paced, steamy romance reads. I like for my males to be alpha-males and my heroines to be strong, but both need to have one weakness- each other. I am an avid reader. I absolutely love romance books!