Zoe Bloom has her life figured out.
After a childhood spent begging for scraps on Boston street corners, she’s clawed her way to a successful career and a safe place to call home. She knows exactly what she needs to survive — a bit of money in the bank, a roof over her head, food on the table. Friends and family are a luxury she can’t afford. And forget about frivolous romantic entanglements. She can barely juggle her own problems; she certainly doesn’t have time to handle anyone else’s crap…
Parker West has spent his life running.
From responsibility. From obligation. From the corporate CEO position he’s always been expected to take over. He’d rather climb Kilimanjaro than sit in a board meeting with stiffs in suits. When a crisis at the family company forces him to return to Boston, he has no choice but to stop chasing adventures — temporarily. As soon as things are back in order, he fully intends to sail off into the sunset…
Until he locks eyes with a mysterious blonde who screams trouble and sets his senses on fire. For the first time in his life, Parker doesn’t want to run. In fact, when it comes to Zoe… he may want to do something he’s never done before.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Like the previous two books in the series, there is romance, epic banter (I’m pretty sure that Julie Johnson is banter royalty), and suspense.
“One Good Reason” follows Parker West, the third West sibling the reader has met, and Zoe Bloom, the mysterious rescuer from “Cross the Line,” who Phoebe dubs Tink.
I love Parker, mainly for his witty comebacks and confidence. His quick retorts are clever and clearly show what a sharp mind he has. Some of my favorite moments from the book are the arguments between Parker and Zoe. My only issue with Parker is that he is the CEO of a company and never works. There is an attempt to explain why he isn’t working, but I just didn’t buy it. He is supposedly trying to cleanse his father’s influences from the company, but he literally never works other than one scene in the book, and even then he sends everyone home early. There is a better more plausible explanation at the end of the book to explain how the company runs when he is absent, so I wish there would have been a more realistic explanation for his absence during the story. Other than this one tiny attribute, Parker was a great hero for our heroine. Zoe as the heroine is fantastic as well. She is feisty, smart, and isn’t afraid to take on the “bad guys” in order to benefit humanity. I like each of these characters apart, but Zoe and Parker are so much better together because their chemistry is tangible, oozing off the pages whenever they are together. Not only is the sexual chemistry off the charts, they share intimate details with each other, finding solace in each other and escaping the tragedies and responsibilities that plague them. I often forgot that they only knew each for one week (this is also something that was bothersome, but not enough to change how much I loved the book). They are completely supportive of each other, and they create a partnership together, earning them the nicknames Peter and Tinker Bell.
In addition to the main characters, I adore the secondary characters of this story. Phoebe is outrageous and exudes excitement. I imagine it would be impossible to be unaffected by her if she were a real person. Seeing Knox again not only as this hard-nosed security guy but also as the loving boyfriend is sweet, and it reminds me how much I love the two of them together. The gaggle of girlfriends that befriend Zoe are best described as a whirlwind, and even though they are crazy together, I kind of wish I could join them for coffee and cupcakes. Also the introduction of Lucas, Colton, and other characters makes me hopeful and excited for more books in this series.
The plot was enthralling. The mystery of Lancaster’s company, the connection to her parents, and the hacking all added up to a suspenseful romantic story, which is really one of my favorite sub-genres of romance.
With “One Good Reason,” Julie Johnson has outdone herself again. I loved this one just as much as the previous two books, and she is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors when I am looking to escape a book slump. I can’t wait to see what she has planned next.
If you haven’t read book one or two of the series, check out my recommendations page for the purchase link.
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