Date read: July 12, 2015
The Original Heartbreakers
0.5. The One You Want
1. The Closer You Come - Paperback | Kindle
2. The Hotter You Burn
3. The Harder You Fall
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers, where three not-quite-reformed bad boys are about to meet the women who will bring them to their knees.Thoughts on The Closer You Come: My unrequited love for tortured bad boys remains strong. Yep, Jase and his issues had me rooting for him. Because when someone goes through something as awful as what Jase went through, I just want them to get their HEA in the end.
Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has a dark and twisted past. And now, he has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty…
Brook Lynn Dillon has always been responsible. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and fun-deprived. Until Jase comes along. He is dangerous, stunningly protective, breathtakingly sexy and as tempting as sin, and the passion sizzling between them is undeniable. But can it melt her resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what they both need.
Thank goodness Brook Lynn dropped into his life. Her cheery outlook is the perfect balm for Jase's wounds. Frankly, given the mounds of crap dumped on her, that cheery outlook is incredible. As an aside, I'm not the biggest fan of her sister. While I do understand the reason she did some of the things she did, her selfishness on many, many occasions made me want to throat chop her something fierce.
(Also, the opening scene where Brook Lynn had to retrieve her from a certain someone's bed could have been horribly cringe-worthy. Gena Showalter made it work AND she (eventually) made me want to see Jessie Kay find her HEA. Because, dammit, Jessie Kay is just as broken as my tortured bad boys in her own way.)
I loved Brook Lynn's sass. I loved that she could get people to do what she wanted with her dreaded countdown. I loved how positive and loyal she remained despite everything thrown at her.
Oh, and the sex? HAWT.
I am so SO SO anxious to see Beck fall now. Because that man is an unrepentant man-whore and I kinda loved him for it.