by Virna DePaul
Julia: Shilling samples at a grocery store isn’t exactly my dream job. Yet here I am, tray in hand and fake smile plastered on my face. The one highlight is seeing him. I don’t know his name, but if I did, I’d scream it during the naughty dreams he inspires. He’s crazy handsome, all confidence and an air of power. He’s never said a word to me. Never even looked in my direction. Then one day he literally falls at my feet. Now I have his wallet. I know where he lives. And I’ve found the nude photos of him online.
It’s not the bruschetta on her tray he really wants to taste. . . .
Bastian: I’ve dated models, doctors, and CEOs, but something about Julia Rominger has me intrigued . . . and more than a little aroused. Maybe it’s her lush curves driving me wild. Or the fact that she has no problem telling me to go to hell. Either way, she’s seen me at my worst; I want to hit her with my best. I know where to touch, where to kiss, and just how far to push to drive her crazy. Soon, however, pleasuring Julia isn’t enough. I want to possess her. I need to make her mine. And I’ll fight to the bitter end to win her heart.
The angst comes with Julia and Bastien's past. They each have experiences that they'd rather ignore, but how often does secret keeping help any budding infatuation? There some guy-is-a-jackass moments, but I like those moments too. Those moments are my crack - so, if they are yours too, I think you'll like this read.
Julia and Bastian were written very well, and I read this book rather quickly. I'd still mark it as 3 stars, however. Why not 4? I can't place my finger on it, but there is something missing for me. Maybe it's a little too much insta-love? I like for characters to suffer a little more. This is a horrible thing to say as both Julia and Bastian...well, let's just say, I should be kinder to them. Still - definitely worth a read, and I would read more from this author.