By: Tessa Bailey
My Copy: Netgalley.com
Book Whisperer's Rating:
He’s the last thing she wants...but the only thing she needs.
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?
Okay, so some days I have smart days and some days I do not; when I started this book, I was on a “you are very dumb” day. It took me a while to realize that Willa is Ginger’s sister from Protecting What’s His. I loved Ginger and Willa from the first book and I loved that Tessa Bailey gave Willa her own story and voice. We know about Ginger’s side of growing up with a drug addicted mother and how Ginger had to protect and raise Willa but now we get to see how this all effected Willa.
In her last relationship, Willa realized that she could not be the broken, porcelain doll that her boyfriend wanted to glue back together seamlessly to make her perfect. She was always going to have scars and have that rough around the edges attitude, so she let him go and traveled to Ireland after she wins a photography contest. And this is where it gets good because this is where Shane enters the picture.
Shane and Willa do not get along, at all, during their first few encounters. In fact, their conversations are nothing but sarcastic comebacks and witty remarks. However, through Shane’s sister and mother, Willa gets to know more about his past and why he is running away from the family owned bar. Shane is persistent enough to get Willa to open up for a few seconds and let him see all the darkness that Willa is holding onto and all the light that she could give.
The best thing about this story you ask? It’s the fact that Shane doesn’t want Willa to be perfectly flawless; he likes her just the way she is. READ THIS NOW!
Best quote: “Shane’s hand curls into a fist at my belly. ‘Take back your words. Tell me I can touch you.’”