By London Casey (Karolyn James)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
They hired her to keep me out of jail. Now she’s carrying my baby…
Roman Knight. You know the name. You know the reputation… on and off the field. There’s not a pass I can’t complete or a woman I can’t charm. I’m the highest paid quarterback in the league. But I’m one bar fight away from jail. Now my people have hired some lawyer to try to control me. Yeah, right. I know she’s going to last about as long as all my other lawyers.
Right up until I meet her.
As soon as I lay eyes on Willow, I know I have to have her… in my bed and in my life. I always get what I want, and this time, I end up with a little more than planned. Willow is pregnant… and if that’s not shocking enough, a late night incident results in a murder charge being thrown my way. I’m left with a choice – rat on an old friend or go to jail.
If I want a real life, and a family… I’m going to have to fight for it.
I really enjoyed this read. London Casey does it again, delivering another scorching romance, this time with a sexy and emotionally damaged hero in Roman and a strong yet likeable heroine in Willow. The storyline was a bit tried-and-true, but Casey opted to play it out a bit differently. Roman was a sex god, but he didn’t just meet Willow and automatically change his ways; instead he continued fighting his family-driven demons, relinquishing control to his vices, focusing on improving his game, and trying everything possible to avoid admitting what his genuine attraction to Willow might evolve into. Roman isn’t exactly the guy you pick out for his romantic and kind ways: he’s cocky, arrogant and an a**hole, through and through. Willow, in exchange for getting fired after losing a big case, is assigned the job of “distracting” Roman so he doesn’t get into any more jail-worthy trouble. What she didn’t count on was how “distracting” that job would become to her job, body and heart. As is often the case, the most troubled of us all have demons and histories that consume us and cause us to act out, and Roman is no exception. Casey craftily weaves together the evils dished out by Roman’s father on him, his brothers and his late mother with the blame Roman’s best friend from college dishes out on him to the growing emotions he’s feeling for Willow. Willow and Roman are certainly a steamy couple, but they also trust one another. Thanks, London Casey, for conveying the evolution of their relationship in an almost palpable way, making the HEA that much more fulfilling and right.
I provided this honest review in exchange for an ARC.
“This is insane,” Willow said. “I look like H*ll.”
“You look beautiful.”
Willow pulled her hands from the table. “So what is this? I mean, the gesture is romantic as anything, but what is it? One second you’re ready to cut me out of your life and now this? And all because I went on a date?”
“I’m not going to lose you.”
“Lose me? Who said you had me?”
I leaned forward. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve had you from the moment we met.”
“That’s the truth.”
The “huh?” part?
Earlier on in the book, Roman used condoms; Willow was thankful to find a condom wrapper on the floor after an evening with one of her hook-ups. When Roman and Willow hooked up, there was never any mention of condoms, pregnancy, nothing…until Willow announced she was pregnant. It doesn’t seem to be in Roman’s character to take that risk considering how promiscuous he was all the time.
The scenes when Roman reacted jealously or protectively at mention of Willow, as well as the scenes when they professed their feelings for one another.
I do recommend this book. It’s a bit of a tried-and-true storyline, but it was approached a bit differently. Everything didn’t turn out perfectly all the way around for the hero: Roman was banned from playing ball for a season and he didn’t just agree to let the public know he was donating a lot of money to women’s abuse shelters in memory of his mother to improve his image. There also wasn’t an epilogue giving the reader insight into the birth of the baby and an eventual marriage (I hope), or offering a conclusion with the death of Roman’s father. The reader can use his/her imagination, or perhaps these details will be included in a follow-up about one of Roman’s brothers, Caine or Slade.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on June 15, 2016.