Forbidden Fling by Skye Jordan
Series: Wildwood #1
Published by Montlake Romance on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.
When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I must confess that Ms. Jordan’s books are a bit of a hit and miss for me. While I completely loved some of them, others are just ok. Forbidden Fling falls into the latter category.
Delaney was known in her hometown as a wild child while growing up. Having to be responsible for her two sisters, her drunkard father, and keeping the family bar running meant her childhood was not great, to say the least. When a bar fight ends with the death of the town’s most influential family’s son, the resulting bullying drives Delaney to leave town.
Now a self-made contractor, she is drawn back to town after her father’s death. She needs to take care of the bar that has fallen into disrepair and the town requires her to either get it up to par or demolish it.
Ethan is Wildwood’s chief building inspector, and as such is the one who needs to keep an eye on every building in need of modifications. He can’t believe his eyes when he sees Delaney coming out of the bar where his cousin was killed, a place she’d left without a backward glance. A couple of years older than her, he used to have a crush on the feisty redhead. Since he’s always been a good boy, he was never really Delaney’s type.
Their chemistry is off the chart, but after the hottest one night stand in history, things go downhill. Not only does Delaney not figure out soon enough who he’s related to but what his job is, and his family has it out for her and wants her gone.
Delaney was an awesome heroine. She was strong, feisty, smart and resourceful. I liked how she dealt with things head on, showing she had grown up in her time away from home.
Ethan was nice, take charge (especially in the bedroom) and had an all around good guy vibe I really dug. Unfortunately, his guilt over his cousin’s death had left him under his family’s thumb and that was a pretty corrupt thumb to be under of. Yes, he did grow a pair eventually, but in my opinion, this took too long.
As I said, their chemistry was off the charts and the sex was uber hot. At the same time their relationship felt a little flat to me, as they went from crazy monkey sex to avoiding each other, then from hands all over each other up against a wall to again avoiding each other… do you see the pattern here? Yes, both Delaney and Ethan were inspired by the other to make changes but… I don’t know, something just didn’t click for me.
Ethan’s family bordered on the absurd and their corrupt ways were never really handled. I guess this means that we’ll have the good fortune of seeing them again and that part of the story will be addressed sometime in future books.
While I enjoyed the story and the idea behind it, I can’t say I was wowed by the book itself. It was sexy and hot and a decent read so I’m looking forward to the next couple.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 “The art of nailing a stud” Stars
As a reader who enjoys a dark, suspenseful book, I am going to assume I have made an error in thinking Forbidden Fling was a good book choice for me. Lured by the title, the synopsis and having read a previous book by the same author, I was sure I had picked a book I was going to enjoy.
Forbidden Fling was as per the definitions I checked, true to its word. However, I had a preconceived perception of the said dalliance to be more controversial than what it turned out to be. My expectations were likely to be a result of reading one too many suspenseful books. Grant it, the situation both the main characters found themselves in wasn’t easy nor acceptable to some of the community, but it was far from unacceptable behaviour.
Putting aside my disappointment in the calibre of the indiscretion, the details were in depth and lengthy, tempting me to skim them after a while. The details used to describe the action went from hot to wordy. What led up to those moments were spontaneous and not based on a good reason other than sudden expelling of pent up energy. If they hadn’t acted on their attraction in the initial stages, it wouldn’t have been detrimental to the overall plot and IMO would have increased the tension. Again, I enjoy an angsty plot, so this may be a cue for others who prefer a little less angst in their romances that this book would work well for them.
- Drawn out love scenes
- Heated conversations left unresolved or actioned
- The drama – either overplayed or underplayed
- Ethan’s deception through nondisclosure
- Aunt Phoebe
- The Tradie (Trace) who just got out of jail
- Delaney’s business confidence
Lily’s Rating: 2.5 Stars
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