By Rye Hart
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
He left the MMA ring – vowing never to turn back.
He shut the door to society – until she walked in and turned everything around.
I’ve had enough of the crap that goes along with being a pro MMA fighter.
After what happened that night – I vowed to leave the hell hole I built for myself and never turn back.
Living in the woods in a reclusive cabin was just what I needed and I was doing just fine for years.
Then in walked Sam.
Poor little spoiled city girl. Run home to daddy before you get hurt little lady.
She was the last thing I needed in my life – at least that’s what my brain told me but my lower half had…conflicting feelings.
I take pride in my ability to restrain myself – but her presence has me pushing my boundaries.
After catching my a## hole of a boyfriend with another girl – I had enough and was ready for an escape.
Taking a story at work that would send me deep into the woods may have been a rash move – but then again it landed me into the arms of the sexiest specimen I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
Mysterious. Rugged. And oozing with sex appeal.
His touch ignites a passion in me that I never even knew existed.
While my ex couldn’t find a G spot if it hit him in the face, I have no doubt that Hugh knows just how to use the wood he’s packing.
The only problem is I know the secret he has kept locked up for years and I don’t think he wants anyone to find out.
This was a tough one for me to rate very high, and after reading through all the other reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, I almost feel guilty, as if I’ve missed something. I really enjoyed author Rye Hart’s first book, even though it could have been a bit more tightly threaded storyline-wise, but the potential was there, and I think Hart has the raw talent to write a whole bunch of good stuff.
In this book, there are (for me) several inconsistencies (i.e. Jarom and Sam arrived by plane, retrieved their rental car – likely stowing their luggage therein – then started traversing through the woods, but when Hugh and Sam ended up in his cabin, he took her suitcase up the stairs to his room…she was carrying her suitcase through the woods?), but it’s a novella meant to entertain and whisk the reader away to enjoy a non-intense, romantic, and sexy story with a HEA. I was somewhat befuddled by Lacey’s visit seemingly thrown in as a wrench to screw up the rapport built up between Hugh and Sam, especially since he seemed to easily get over his subsequent anger with Sam about what he overheard her shouting to Lacey. The number of years – was he living in the woods/left his career two years, many years, or a few years ago? If you can disregard these sorts of things, the story is easy to follow from start to finish.
All that said, Sam is a likable and enjoyable character – independent, smart, and the good listener that Hugh needs – and emotionally wise in how she counsels him, and those scenes are well-scripted though quick to the chase. Hugh’s admissions – both about Andrew and then his feelings about Sam – were sad but understandable, and sweet and endearing, respectively.
As mentioned I enjoyed Hart’s first book a bit more than this one, but this was a cute, short, and non-agonizing read – two fun characters who hit it off, fall in love, and embrace their HEA.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader copy and provided a review.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on March 3, 2017.