You know what they say happens when you assume, right? You make an ass out of you and me. Well, that doesn’t prevent these two characters from jumping into bed together and making some sweet sweet whoopie after making a few assumptions of their own.
What’s it About?
[as·sump·tion:]a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof
They say when you assume that you make an ass out of you and me. Kenton Mayson learned this lesson firsthand when he made assumptions about Autumn Freeman and the kind of woman she is based on what little information he had. What he finds out is she’s not only beautiful, but also smart, funny, a fighter, and exactly the kind of woman he wants to share his life with. Autumn made assumptions of her own about Kenton, and now he needs to prove her wrong in order to protect her and their future.
Before reading this book, I never gave a whole lot of thought to the title, but you quickly realize how important it is as our two main characters are quick to make assumptions about the other. Autumn has come to stay with Kenton after witnessing a mob hit in the strip club she worked at. Kenton initially tries to keep his distance from her, in spite of his intense attraction to her, thinking that Autumn must be a promiscuous stripper. What he doesn’t know is that she is also a nurse, and only strips to help pay the bills as she gets close to finishing her practicum. Autumn knows what Kenton assumes about her, yet she makes no attempt to correct him, making an assumption of her own that he’s a shallow womanizer, and that it’s not worth the effort or time to tell him otherwise. Oh, how these two realize their first impressions couldn’t be more wrong!
The Classic Assumption
Normally, I’m not a huge fan when our romance leads are quick to make assumptions, and how it can inevitably cause a clusterf*ck of mayhem. However, in this novel I gotta say I didn’t mind it so much, as Autumn even admits to herself that she’s probably making an unfounded assumption about Kenton. It’s only because she’s on the run for her life that Autumn believes she can’t afford to gamble on feeling more for someone she’s just met. Also, when Kenton finally discovers Autumn’s true profession, he’s unbelievably quick to try and rectify the situation. His alpha-male personality turns on full-throttle, and he’ll do anything to protect his woman and get her into bed. All assumptions officially forgotten!!
Sassy-ness and Alpha-ness
This novel definitely starts off with a bang, as Autumn is on the run for her life, and Kenton has agreed to take her in. Although they have a rather rocky start, you can’t help but love the development of their relationship. I’ll admit, I had trouble putting this one down at times, as it’ll make you laugh, sympathize, and even fear for our main characters.
Autumn’s sass at dealing with Kenton’s crazy ex was hilarious, yet you also see her and Kenton grow closer and learn to trust each other. She even opens up to him about the child she had to give up years before. And ohhhhh my goodness, the sex! Seeing how Kenton initially tried to keep his distance, it was delightfully surprising how alpha and growly this man could be in the bedroom. Although, considering we’re dealing with the incredible Aurora Rose Reynolds here, who is a master expert at creating a possessive alpha male, I guess it shouldn’t have been too surprising!
One slight problem I had with this book dealt with the organization of it. Firstly, although it starts and ends with a lot of suspense and intensity, the middle was completely lacking in pretty much any reference to the fact Autumn was witness to a mob hit. Although I absolutely loved the middle section as Kenton and Autumn’s relationship blossomed, it did feel rather disjointed. It was also slightly unrealistic considering Autumn is supposed to be lying low as she’s hiding from a mob hit-man, and yet she registers as a nurse at a local hospital. Pretty sure you just put a homing beacon on your back there!
Varying Points of View
Another element which I considered to be both a plus and minus was the fact that we get to see certain aspects of the novel from both Autumn and Kenton’s point of view. Autumn is the main narrator, and although I enjoyed Kenton’s POV, it came at some rather haphazard times. It takes a while for us to see it at all in the beginning, and I remember being kind of shocked when it suddenly appeared. Then his POV disappears for a large majority of the novel before finally reappearing for a suspenseful portion at the end of the novel.
It was pretty interesting and exciting to hear Kenton’s side of the story, yet also slightly disturbing as we see how he isn’t afraid to take the law into his own hands, and bring about his own form of justice when someone threatens his woman. Although this was in line with his possessive, alpha-male persona, it was also at odds with the caring protector he’s been for Autumn up until this late point in the novel. An action-packed, yet rather jarring ending all things considered.
Series: Underground Kings, book 1. Technically this is a stand-alone, yet it takes place concurrently with the Until series. There are a few mentions here and there of characters and events from that series which was fun, yet also kind of hard to remember who they all were, not to mention the timeline of events.
Should you read it? I really did enjoy this one. We see some of the same elements from the Until series that we all know and love, from an alpha-male hero to a bit of suspense, and some fun supporting characters. This is probably one of my favorite heroines by this author, as she was a tough cookie who could look out for herself. Certain aspects of the novel could have been arranged a bit better, including the narration and suspenseful plot points.
Smut Level: Sexual attraction and intensity is immediately evident, yet it does take a while for our couple to seal the deal. When they do though?! Hot dog in the Tennessee heat, look out!!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Self-Published. 222 Pages.