by Kaylee Ryan
What do you do when your whole life crashes and burns? How do you get through the flames?
Tatum Thompson is living the dream. Her life is perfect; with a loving boyfriend, loving parents and a soon to be college graduate how can life get better? Life is good until it isn't. When tragedy strikes Tatum runs to Josh only to find him in a compromising position with someone else. Turning away from the only life she knew, Tatum is forced to alter her life plan.
Blaise Richards is a tattoo artist who moonlights as a volunteer fire fighter. Lies and deception leave his broken heart closed until the beautiful green eyed girl casts her spell over him. She’s making him feel things he’s never felt. Making him want things he thought he would never want.
Tatum wants Mr. just for tonight.
Blaise wants Tatum to be his forever.
Can Mr. Just for tonight convince Tatum that she’s the one? How long can Tatum resist Blaise’s determination to make her his?
There are many "tropes" (trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works - Wikipedia) in all genres of fiction, but especially in romance. Rich boy falls for poor-ish girl, bad boy falls for the good girl who wants to be bad, etc. Tempting Tatum is unique in some ways - Tatum loses everyone she loves, in way or another, one fateful day and has to learn to go on with her life. Enter signature bad-good boy, Blaise. Blaise is a good ol' country boy who is a tattoo artist and volunteer fire fighter. Circumstances bring them together and while Blaise feels himself falling for Tatum, Tatum convinces herself that what she needs is a fling with the country boy.
I was really enjoying this story - as morbid as it sounds, I enjoyed that Tatum was going through a hard time that caused her to grow as a person and character. There was no profound changes - but some changes are better than none in a character. Blaise was also a all-around nice and loyal guy. I usually have a problem with characters who fall in love too quickly in stories - but this book had a unique way of explaining it, saying it has to do with the Richards men and how they just know when they've found the one. Even so, some things bothered me about the story. One, was Blaise's signature line "Hey you". Sadly, it annoyed me. It was said so often that any tenderness of the sentiment was eventually lost on me. There was also a lot of heavy possessiveness way too quickly for my taste. Don't get me wrong - I love some of that possessiveness in my romance stories, but not when it gets so heavy that it might be considered creepy (Sidetone: I'll have to write another blog entry covering how I feel about these "things" like jealousy and possessiveness in stories and how they differ from what I feel about then in real life....Until then...). Another thing that diminished my interest was the marriage and baby trope at the end of the book. Why does every love story have to end with a marriage and/or baby? Unnecessary in my eyes and frankly, it bores me.
All in all, I enjoyed the story, but found myself rather bored getting toward the end.