By: Kelsie Leverich
Series: A Hard Feelings Novel
My Copy: Ebook through Netgalley
Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine's Day is over. Ronnie doesn't do romance. She doesn't do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn't do love--not anymore. After her fiancé cheated on her while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.
Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he can't wait to return to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. He's got no time for a relationship...but casual sex, that's a different story. And when he meets Ronnie, a snarky, gorgeous, take-no-prisoners kind of woman, a fast fling is all he can think about. But when Kale realizes he's met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And will winning her over both body and soul be the toughest battle he ever fought?
Story just like this one are exactly why I never read reviews. Right before starting this book I was sucked into a review on Goodreads. It read about how this book was a whirlwind romance, and the characters were undeveloped and annoying. All I can say to that is; REALLY???? Because if that was truly so I would like to know what book I just read, because after reading it is none of those things.
Ronnie is a breath of fresh air in the shell of a hardcore woman. I loved her take no shit personality, and her ability to make even the strongest men weep. It was exciting to following her through this journey, and I was in love with her from the first moment. Kale is also another incredibly strong character. With the conversation and personal monologue her character is unveiled quite quickly. He is a knight in shining armor hiding in the military bad boy. OH YUM! Not ever waiting to hurt anyone he is straight and to the point. Never building woman up for more; when he knows that he is completely incapable of doing those things. That is until Ronnie enters the picture. These characters were absolutely perfect for one another, and while the readers are aware of this entirely the characters have baggage and obstacles that will keep them distant. The story was similar in many ways to several of the popular reads, but the talent and quality of writing displayed leaves me anxious for more from this author. So, while I respect everyone opinion this is just another lesson to steer clear of reviews on titles that I want to read.