By: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #2
My Copy: Netgalley.com
The BookWhisperer's Rating:
Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .
By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.
Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .
Again I find myself conflicted. While I love Tessa Bailey and her ultimate alpha males, I wasn’t a real fan of Aaron in the first book as a side character and wasn’t a real fan of him in his own book. I guess I find someone who is so intent on making it big in his career, so structured and logical, wouldn’t do what he did to get kicked off the campaign he worked on in California. Why would he take that chance?
What I did like was Grace, which was really surprising to me. She is such a free spirit that it makes perfect sense for Aaron to be attracted to her. In some ways, Grace was too carefree but I liked that most of what she stood for and did. I especially liked the character that she brought out in Aaron. He grew more relaxed and less rigid in her presence and in those times I found that I liked his character more. I also liked the twisted background that Grace reveals. It made this story a little less about their love and more about how to heal wounds from the past.
All and all it was good but it wasn’t the kind of Tessa Bailey book I am used to. I am still very much looking forward to Belmont’s story with Sage. I just can’t wait for that!