Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Looking to finally get on her feet after college, Alyssa takes a job at the same bar where her brother’s best friend Marco works. Time hasn’t dulled the crush she has on him, but it’s clear that he doesn’t see her as anything more.
When Alyssa showed up at his work it was like looking at her with new eyes, his best friend’s little sister has grown up. Even with his feelings for her quickly changing into something more, he feels he has to protect her from the demons he brought back from war even if it means giving up the one thing that he has wanted and the one thing that has made him feel whole, her.
I really enjoyed this one. The pacing and the romantic development was on point until we got to the end of the book. Everything seemed to stumble forward into a neat little package and I could have lived with a little less than a perfect happily ever after with the history of these two. Still, it was really cute and I did really enjoy it.
While this isn’t one of Laura Kaye’s longer titles, it felt like one. Sometimes novella or short novels have issues with balancing the story with the length of the book. This was like I said before, pretty much perfect. We were able to get a pretty good snapshot of both Marco and Alyssa’s past and their feelings for each other. There’s something about the way Laura Kaye writes chemistry that feels real, tangible. You’re rooting for the two to get together and you’re happy when it does happen.
While I mainly read this for a little bit of trope research, I’m thinking of picking up one of her other series or continuing on with this one.