Wrecking Ball by P. Dangelico
Series: Hard To Love #1
Published by Self-published on January 19, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Cam DeSantis’ life is a hot, steaming pile. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable a-hole, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted NY Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a safe place in her mind to hide whenever she feels the need to throat punch him into tomorrow…which is often.
Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um. Not since his wife, presently ex-wife, got knocked up by the guy she was cheating on him with. Problem is...there’s one living in his house. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.
The protagonist of this stand alone novel has a propensity for profanity and sexual shenanigans. You've been warned.
As much as I like a well told insta-lust book, there is something to be said for a good slow burn and Wrecking Ball was that and more. This was an insta-hate/enemies to lovers tale. As much of a slow burn as it was, that doesn’t mean the chemistry wasn’t there, in fact, quite the opposite—those kisses were sexy as hell and they will be staying with me for a long time. When the actual fireworks went off, they were spectacular!
Cam’s life had imploded around her. She’d lost everything because of her late husband’s actions. Her home, her belongings, her job, her friends, the respect she had in the community, everything was gone. She was down but her attitude and her need to at least hold on to her self-respect had her muddling through usually with a witty comment and a smile. I loved this about her.
Calvin is stoic, closed off and broken. Through bits and pieces, we learn his life was not an easy one growing up. A renowned professional football player, he suddenly finds himself with custody of his nephew, Sam, on his hands and is desperately in need of a nanny who is qualified to homeschool. Too bad he’s too much of a jerk to keep one around. I liked Calvin, but I desperately wanted—no needed his POV. He didn’t speak a lot. In fact, most of his dialogue was of the grunting variety. He mostly made his feeling known through body language, mainly in the form of glares with some smoldering looks thrown in. I felt cheated of what I just knew would have been some funny inner thoughts.
I also fell in love with Sam, Calvin’s nephew, but wasn’t quite sure how to take his relationship with his uncle. He was shy and desperately in need of some attention and he just blossomed under Cam’s care. I didn’t get the closure I wanted with him at all and am hoping we’ll see how he’s doing in any future books.
I read this book straight through in one sitting with a smile on my face for most of it. My main complaint, other than wanting more Calvin, was that I wish there had been less of Cam pushing him away in the beginning, and more time spent on the big issue at the end making one of the most emotional and riveting parts of the book feel a bit hurried. Other than that there was a lot to love here. Wrecking Ball was sweet, funny, sexy, and witty all in one, with several characters I want to know more about.
Rating: 4 Sexy Slow Burn Stars
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