Sledgehammer By P. Dangelico
Publication Date: September 11, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Amber Jones is in a pickle. And when I say pickle, I mean deep do-do. She knew she shouldn’t have gone to her ex’s New Year’s Eve party. And she reeeaally didn’t mean to almost burn down his house. It was the chafing dish’s fault, dang it! Now she needs a good lawyer, stat. But where to find one?
All work and no play make Ethan Vaughn a very sad and lonely lawyer. Not to mention horny. He really shouldn’t have agreed to help his best friend’s wife’s bestie with her imbroglio. Now she’s remanded on bail––and living in his house. The woman is a walking, talking category five hurricane. And considering his track record with women, he needs to stay as far away from this one as possible. Problem is, he just can’t seem to make himself.
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.
~ABOUT P. DANGELICO~
P. Dangelico loves romance in all forms, shapes, and sizes, cuddly creatures (four legged and two), really bloody sexy pulp, the
NY Jets (although she’s reconsidering after this season), and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse crap). What she’s not enamored with is referring to herself in the third person and social media so don’t expect her to get on Twitter anytime soon. Oh, and although she was born in Italy, she’s been Jersey Strong since she turned six.
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This book is going to be a pain in the ass for me to review. It started off great and it ended great. The middle…not so great. It was funny and charming from beginning to end. The heroine was a hoot. The writing was good. The hero seemed sweet (if a little underdeveloped) but then at 40% I just started to lose interest. This couple hadn’t even kissed yet (gotta wait until 53% for that) and nothing was really happening. I was bored. I needed these two to do SOMETHING to move this “relationship” to the next level. Even after the first kiss, we remained stuck in limbo until 73% when they FINALLY get it on.
I am not a fan of a slow burn. Never have been. Never will be. Oh, I can stomach it if there is a lot of sexual tension, but honestly, these two felt more like best buds that found each other attractive than two people who couldn’t keep their hands off each other. On top of that this book REALLY needed Ethan’s POV badly. Having no idea whatsoever what the hero was thinking or feeling disconnected me from him and frankly, his character felt underdeveloped because of it.
After they finally have sex it did pick back up again. I even shed a few tears near the end. So, the first 40ish% was good. The last 28ish% was good. The middle 30ish% bored me to tears. You can see why finding a fair star rating for this one is a bit tricky for me. Since I did enjoy over half the book, I am going to settle on a 3-Star rating for this one and call it a day.
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