Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.
It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.
Ethan used to be E-Rad in a former life and now he’s the co-owner of a successful online gaming magazine. He crosses paths with Lissa when she is hired to do some photography for the magazine. She is secretly hoping he will agree to participate in a project that is very close to her heart but Ethan is abrasive and gruff when she meets him and she never gets to ask him.
However, there is no denying the electric chemistry between them and when they bump into each other at a wedding they get hot and heavy and agree on a loose arrangement regarding hook-ups.
Both mains are struggling under guilt and pressure as a result of tragedies in their lives. These tragedies have shaped who they have become. Whereas Lissa is channelling that in a positive way, Ethan is in self-destruct mode and he’s cut himself off from most everyone he loves.
I hated Ethan at the start and found it very difficult to warm up to him because I didn’t like how he treated Lissa. For her part, she wasn’t upset by his behavior, understanding their arrangement, but it didn’t sit well with me. He showed up, shagged her, and then hurt her with his words and cold manner and swanned off until the next time. Nope. Not liking you at all. However, he won me over by the end as Lissa was the one person who was finally able to get through to him. I do love a happy ending and we get one here.
The writing is great, the pacing is fine, voice and character development was good. It’s an enjoyable read that works really well as a standalone. I never felt like I missed out because I hadn’t read the first few books. Perhaps, I may have understood Ethan better if I’d read the beginning of the series but I don’t know how heavily he featured.
Overall, this is a good book and I’d recommend it if you are looking for a quick, entertaining read.
Thanks to Entangled for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.