Going to an eight-day tropical wedding sounds great, right?
Elle Sahlstrom hates weddings, but she promised her best friend Tory she'd attend her destination ceremony. That is, despite having to endure obnoxious cousins, bad wine, and a phallus-laden bachelorette party. But that’s not the worst part.
The worst part just happened to be sitting next to her on the plane, on his way to the same wedding, guaranteed to be the same insufferable jerk he was years ago.
Jackson Proveaux knows Elle hates him with a passion, but it’s that same passion that has him convinced she’s perfect for him. Unfortunately, he made mistakes in the past, mistakes that involved cocktails, out of control minivans, and a giant misunderstanding that cost him his one and only shot with Elle. The French expat sees the wedding as a chance to atone for his sins. He offers to spend a week at Elle's mercy, and if she still hates him at the end, he’ll leave her alone forever.
Unable to resist a win-win deal, or Jackson, Elle agrees. Their arrangement quickly becomes more complicated than either of them could have anticipated. The grumpy environmentalist never thought Jackson would be able to make her laugh, and he didn’t count on the hot-headed beauty dominating him in the bedroom…or the fact that he'd like it.
A fiery temper, two sets of handcuffs and copious amounts of tequila are guaranteed to make this situation complicated. As the lovers become more entwined in each other’s lives and hearts, one question remains—will their truce survive the wedding, or are they living on borrowed time?
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
Once again Eve Dangerfield delivers a book that is full of wit, banter and sarcasm as well as a romance that has you on tenterhooks throughout wondering when or if these two will ever see what everyone else does. Sometimes you know when two people are destined to be together and Elle and Jackson certainly fit that bill, but add into the mix Jackson making school boy errors left right and centre and seemingly not being able to keep his dick in his pants then the course of true love is never going to run smooth and this is one bumpy run.
Elle is a woman with a lot of issues, she is as snarky as they come, has no filter and has one fiery temper. While on the outside she has tenacity, is confident and oozes determination, underneath is a woman who is insecure, especially when it comes to her sexual predilections.
Jackson is a French manwhore who in his formative years considered alcohol, drugs and women as his means of letting off steam, until one woman turned his head. However, Jackson is not the sharpest tool in the tool box and his ways of getting noticed had jerk written all over them, so when Elle turned her infatuation with Jackson to hatred he could hardly be surprised.
Years later these two meet again at their best friend’s wedding. Jackson is adamant to win the girl but this is going to be the biggest mountain he ever has to climb. Elle has more than a loathing for him, this is a deep-set hatred, but there is a fine line between love and hate.
I love a good love/hate relationship, all that sizzling sexual chemistry festering under the guise of bitter hatred and these two have it down pat. As I said above, Elle is into the BDSM scene and in particular she is a dominatrix, all that fiery temper definitely transfers itself to the bedroom as her authoritative personality comes out in handcuffs, whips and subservience. This is where for me the book lost its sparkle. I have read a lot of BDSM books and the author either nails it or comes across as a fish out of water and for me this had that fish flailing uncomfortableness about it. Jackson did not make a good sub and as much as we are told he did his own alpha male came out quite a lot which did little to test Elle’s inner domme.
“I don’t think you’re a bitch…When you let your guard down, you’re as good-hearted and kind as you are angry, you just don’t want me to see that side of you.”
Overall though, this was an enjoyable read, the flow alternated between slow and fast but held my attention throughout. I loved Elle’s sassiness and her attitude and I loved Jackson’s change of personality and image, he knew what he had to do and went all out. Any other man would have walked away with his tail between his legs, but Jackson had mettle and boy did he need it.