He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?
This is a great spinoff of the first book from Tessa’s erotic adult romance, Line of Duty series. Willa is actually the young sister of Ginger who was the main character from Protecting What’s His. Even though Willa wasn’t a main character in the story, she made sure her presence was known. She was a loud mouthed, “I don’t give a shit” kind of girl. She had dealt with a lot growing up between her heroin addicted mother and the sleazy men she brought home. It wasn’t until her sister, Ginger, stole money from their mom and ran off with Willa, that Willa started to live a normal life.
However, even though Willa’s background is known in Tessa’s adult series, that doesn’t mean that you have to read it in order to follow this book. Tessa writes this book in a way that is both a refresher for those who’ve not “seen” Willa in a long time, as well as introducing Willa to the readers for the first time.
Even though this is a New Adult romance, Tessa still kept up some of the dirty talk that I love from her Line of Duty series. Heck, if I didn’t know any better, I’d have thought that this was part of the series. There’s not only the dirty talk but some pretty steamy scenes as well. Which, I’m not gonna lie, made the story that much better. Because, boy, does this woman know how to turn up the heat.
My one and only thing about this was Shane. How old is he supposed to be? Late 20s? He kept calling Willa, “girl”, and there was even a scene where Willa pointed out that his sister was like a year younger than her (when he flipped out over her having a boyfriend). So that always made me question his age and how I should be picturing him. Plus, I didn’t overly understand his instant attitude towards Willa. I suppose I just never understood the whole childish stance on, “I like you, therefor I must give you the stink eye until you become my girlfriend.”
Regardless, I really enjoyed this story. I loved that Willa got her own HEA and that in the end we got a little recap of Derek and Ginger. These three characters were what made me fall in love with Tessa’s books. There hasn’t been a book of hers I’ve read that I haven’t gobbled up.
“I understand nothing about having a controlling parent. I don’t know what it’s like to have a mom who brings you toast, even though it’s cold and rock hard. Or a father. Period. I’ll see your overprotective daddy and raise you a prostitute mother with a nasty heroin habit. You cocky mother fucker.” – Willa