“The art of nailing a stud.” Her laugh bubbled through the air and seemed to untie knots inside Ethan he hadn’t realized were gnarled. “You are a dirty little flirt.” “It’s actually more of a suggestion, less of a flirtation.”
I received an advance reader copy of Forbidden Fling via NetGalley, and I am definitely a Skye Jordan fan. I really enjoyed her Renegade series books, and while very different, this story had a lot to offer readers. The tale of returning to your roots is a popular trope. In this case, the heroine’s roots were not exactly golden – in fact she had a darker history. Delaney’s sole purpose in returning to Wildwood is to cut ties with her past. Several incidents coalesce into the best of the terrible options requiring her to remain in the little town to salvage what she can of her life. When a man connected to her tarnished youth shows up in an official status, this seems like the icing on the crap cake that fate is dealing Delaney. The Hayes family practically runs Wildwood now, and they want Delaney gone. Not tomorrow or next week, but now, and they are willing to do almost anything to make it happen. Struggling to maintain his own ethical and moral code, Ethan does not have the strength to resist his attraction to the reformed high school bad girl. The romantic pace was a little fast for me, but I definitely feel that may be a personal preference. There was still so much to like about the story aside from the steamy scenes. I enjoyed the small town feel that the author created for Wildwood’s setting, and I appreciated the stress she relays as the family pressures Ethan. The less likeable characters in the story were well written, and even less likeable for their realness. If you are a fan of this author, the trope, and/or contemporary romance, check it out. Forbidden Fling is available for pre-order now, but will be on shelves (and e-readers!) 26 July 2016.
Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.
When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.