I’m…confused. And frustrated.
What’s it About?
Handsome, wealthy resort owner Treat Braden is used to getting what he wants. When Max Armstrong walked into his life six months earlier, he saw right through the efficient and capable façade she wore like a shield, to the sweet, sensual woman who lay beneath. She sparked an unfamiliar desire in him for more than a one-night stand, leaving his heart reeling and his blood boiling. But one mistake caused her to turn away, and now, after six months of longing for the one woman he cannot have, he’s going home to try to forget her all together.
Max Armstrong has a successful career, a comfortable lifestyle, and she’s never needed a man to help her find her way–until Treat Braden caught her attention at a wedding in Nassau, causing a surge of emotions too reminiscent of the painful past she’d spent years trying to forget. Max will do anything to avoid reliving that pain–including forgoing her toe-curling, heart-pounding desire for Treat.
When a chance encounter turns into a night of intense passion, Treat realizes that the mistake he made six months earlier may cause him to lose Max completely. He will do everything within his power to win her heart forever–and Max is forced to face her hurtful past head on for the man she cannot help but love.
This book is marked as “book 1” in the Bradens series, but this novel is obviously a continuation of events which took place in a previous book. Our two main characters met six months ago at a wedding, and it sounds like some sh*t went down there! I was so upset that we were never privy to this firsthand, as it made it almost impossible to understand the dynamic between our two characters. References are made that they were stuck in a boat together at one point?! After some further digging, it looks like although this series is marked as a stand-alone series, it’s actually part and parcel to the Love in Bloom series. My advice: read them in order!
The Frustration Continues
Our female lead, Max, is one of the most frustrating characters I’ve ever come across. Honestly, I felt like she wasn’t really worthy of Treat. Apparently, Treat thought she had a one-night stand with another dude, even though they had some chemistry of their own. So, the next day, he kind of gives her a judgmental look.
Every time he tries to apologize for this somewhat douchey move, she won’t give him the chance to get a word in edgewise. Therefore, he leaves her alone. Then she pursues him, but quickly comes up with some silly reason of why they can’t be together, so she runs from him. He tries to reason with her, and bring some compromise into their relationship, but she refuses to listen, and runs anyway. Her inability to listen to him at any point during the novel just seemed rather short-sighted to me.
As if that wasn’t enough, Max then gets upset that Treat didn’t run after her! Dude, you’ve rejected this guy about 6 times now. How many times do you really expect him to come running, especially after you insist there’s no relationship between you two? It’s almost like this woman craves drama.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: The Bradens, book 1. Love in Bloom, book 4. I found it extremely difficult to understand what happened between these two characters in previous novels. Read in order!
Should you read it? It’s really hard to judge this one seeing as it felt like I came into the middle of the series. Perhaps if I’d read them in order I would have had a more positive experience. However, I still found Max to be a rather annoying character who consistently ran from a great man.
Smut Level: There are some steamy scenes, including one in a bathtub.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $0.00 Kindle Price. World Literary Press. 386 Pages.