by Eve Dangerfield
4.25-4.5 stars! This was a really good book! This is Dean and Ash's story. Ash is Julia (from Locked Box)'s older sister. She has a bad history of picking poor relationship partners. She gravitates towards lazy, sometimes abusive, bad boys. She sees her biological clock ticking down without having met a man to spend her life with. Now nearing thirty, Ash knows she wants children, and with a family history of early menopause, she is afraid to wait much longer to get pregnant. She makes plans to start fertility treatments and find a sperm donor, when she meets Dean at her sister's video game launch party. Dean is Julia's boyfriend, Max's roommate. He is enamored with Ash right away and can hardly believe she is interested in him. Ash is attracted to Dean, but doesn't think he would make a good partner long-term. He still lives with a roommate and floats from job to job. He doesn't seem responsible. That doesn't stop Ash from wanting to get him into bed though. But Dean wants more. He wants forever with Ash. He must prove to her that he would make a good husband and father. Ash and Dean go through a few bumps together but finally see that they are the perfect match for each other.
I loved Dean! He was such a different type hero. He was scatter-brained; he probably had ADD. But he was such a doll! So earnest and honest with Ash. He was in awe of her and that she would even give him the time of day. He would do anything to make her happy. It was so sweet and swoon-worthy! I liked Ash too. She was strong and take-charge, but she wasn't a bitch. Their chemistry was sizzling. I really liked their dynamic in the bedroom too. Dean wanted Ash to take charge so she did, but it was fun and flirty and not at all heavy and serious, like sometimes male sub books can be. Ash was willing to give him what he needed, but was not mean or cold to him in the process. There is no BDSM equipment used, no tying up or spanking or anything. Dean just wanted Ash to tell him what to do during sexy times. Their dynamic felt very true to life and was the best male submissive sexy times I have ever read. Ash and Dean were a great match. I felt like they brought out the best in each other. I definitely felt their connection to each other. There was not too much angst in the book. It was a pretty light, funny, sexy read, with a few emotional moments. The characters were original and had good depth. The story was unique and original. Also I enjoyed catching up with Max and Julia from Locked Box, too
Overall, I really enjoyed Dean and Ash's love story! I always enjoy Ms. Dangerfield's books, but I think this one might be my favorite!