After watching the girl he's crushed on for years fall for his best friend, the last thing special operative Jack Gordon wants is a vacation. If cooling his heels doesn't drive him crazy, doing it under his family's scrutiny will.
But once he's back home things get more than a little interesting. The new farm hand is cute, sexy-and his instincts tell him she's got something to hide. Luckily, he's got the skills and the backup to find out what.
Gordon Equine is the perfect place for Niccolina Campolini. The Gordons pay in room, board and cash. And they don't ask questions. Perfect for a girl on the run-until Jack shows up. Sexy as hell and far too inquisitive, Jack strikes sparks and suspicions that put both her body and her heart in danger.
Jack knows better than to trust a woman with as many shadows as Nicki, but the heat waves of their attraction are messing with his focus. And when her secrets catch up with her, he's not sure if he's protecting her from something, or protecting his family from her.
So Jack is smexy. That's why this cover is staying in its original size. =)
Jack is also in a world of hurt. It tripped me up how much he is still feeling the pain of losing his crush, Carly, to his best friend, Trey. Read that story, btw. It's H.O.T! (Link's below!)
When it comes to smutfactor Trey and Jack are on two different sides of the spectrum. Trey's a twelve on the one-to-ten scale while Jack is more a point five, and for that I will always favor Trey's freaky play over Jack's nice guy charms. Hell, the stallion got more action than Jack did. There was seriously no sex. There was dryhumping. That's it!
This book is crammed full of stereotypes, both southern and northern. From the south's Lover's Lane, drive-ins, and mama's homemade pies to the moronic New York mobsters named Paulie the Pudge and Vinny Don' Kno'. Despite the bias which so clearly hated on my Yankee brethren (I'm New York born and Georgia raised), I did like the story. And despite the fact that a southern drawl makes me want to chamber a round, I did like Jack. Though, seriously, that 'darlin' crap was making my fist clench. It took me a loooong time to get comfortable with the affectionate use of darling oh so long ago, and it took a very sexy, fictional viking to do it.
I know these are re-releases but when does Matt get a story? The computer god needs a story!
Last note: The first book reminded me of True Lies. This one, Brokeback Mountain. It's the car scene. That's all I'm saying.
Red, Hot, & Blue, book 1