Celina by Abbie Zanders
Series: The Connelly Cousins #1
Also in this series: Johnny
Published by Self-published on October 1st, 2015
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When Celina Connelly returns to Birch Falls several years after her parents’ deaths, she’s not sure she’s going to stay. Nothing has changed, and yet everything is different. Or maybe living at home with her overprotective brother and working in the town library just isn’t enough.
When Celina meets Jamie McCullough, she knows right away that he’s a great guy. He’s handsome, intelligent, thoughtful, and treats her well. Jamie wants more than her friendship, but Celina is saving herself for the all-inclusive, heart-pounding, breath-stealing kind of magic that comes with finding the right one.
The kind she feels when she meets Jamie’s brother, Kyle.
The dark, brooding biker is all wrong for someone like her, and yet from the moment they meet, Celina knows Kyle is the one she’d been waiting for.
Kyle McCullough is the ultimate bad boy. He likes his machines fast and his women faster. When his younger brother comes to him for advice on seduction, Kyle laughs it off, believing no woman can be as perfect as Jamie makes her out to be.
He’s wrong. Not only is Celina beautiful and sexy, she’s got the class of a lady and the soul of a biker. And she's the only woman he’s ever wanted to spend time with outside of the bedroom as well as in it.
But it will never work. Lina’s not only his brother’s piece, she’s also his friend’s little sister.
Besides, she’s far too good for him. And Kyle doesn’t do good girls.
Abbie Zanders is one of my favorite insta-love romance authors. I’ve read a couple of her books and I always end up with a goofy smile on my face and a warm a fuzzy feeling. Her heroes are always hot, bossy, and unbelievably possessive but a bit in denial until they finally take their heads out of their asses and accept they have found their croie (their heart, the one meant for them).
Kyle was no different, he is a self appointed bad boy, a bit-on-the-rough-side, a custom builder of motorcycles, who doesn’t see himself as husband material. He just, you know… hooks up.
Celina is a sweet, caring and all around nice girl recently back in her home town. She has been kind of seeing Jamie for some time but although she finds him handsome, smart and well… great. She doesn’t feel the spark her mother had always told her she would feel when she met her one, and she’s been saving herself for that man.
Jamie is clearly infatuated with Lina, and starts to get frustrated with his lack of forward moving (he wants in her pants and is not getting anywhere near them) so he asks his panties-dropper-wizard big brother to meet her and give him some pointers in how to seduce Lina.
Big mistake boyo.
All it takes is one look for Lina to know she has found her croie, and Kyle is immediately regretting his decision to help out his brother as Lina makes his heart beat faster with just one look.
While the romance aspect was as sweet and hot as ever, I kind of missed a bit of the action and suspense side dish we usually find in Ms. Zanders’ stories.
I was also surprised by Kyle’s self-doubt and slight unworthy-of-her-itis which kept making him push Lina away –and the things he said? Wow, at one point I thought his foot was going to have to be surgically removed from his guts, he kept putting it in his mouth so hard.
It was clear from the start that Lina was not romantically involved with Jamie so this didn’t have a love-triangle feel to it, more of a unrequited-love-that-was-really-only-a-mild-infatuation type of thing.
Celina was a good read, it had me smiling, frowning and threatening bodily harm to Kyle more than once, keeping me well engaged and entertained as Abbie’s books always do.
“Is it always like this?” she asked, her voice a seductive purr as she snuggled closer.
No. Never. I’ve never had my soul ripped out through my dick before. “No,” he whispered truthfully. “It’s never been like this.”
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 nice girl get’s the bad boy Stars
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