Can a jaded porn star with a painful past and a shy nurse who’s been burned before learn to believe in themselves and find their happily ever after?
Rick Fowler enjoys his job as rising Internet porn star Adam Swift, but it’s not exactly a career he can bring up on first dates. His few attempts at dating have all been disasters, so he’s keeping his head down and working on remaining sober. When his toxic, perma-cranky Uncle Gerard—the man who took Rick in when he was fourteen—needs round-the-clock care, Rick steps up.
In-home nurse Vinson Larrazzo is always up for a challenge. He definitely finds one in the rude Gerard Fowler—and Gerard’s shockingly gorgeous nephew Rick, who is just as grumpy. And since Vinson’s first priority is always his patient, he ignores his strong—and highly unprofessional—feelings for Rick.
But their chemistry is undeniable, and a snowstorm gives them get the perfect chance to explore it. Vinson has faith they can make it work, but to have a future together, Rick needs to find enough faith in himself to own his mistakes and let go of the past—even if that means confronting his uncle about an incident that put Rick on his dangerous, damaging road to addiction. And the fallout of those secrets might be more than Rick’s relationship with Vinson can bear.
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Rick was always kind of a… well, dick. As a supporting character in previous books, I had no love for him. But now we get his back story.
Fact: AM Arthur will pretty much always make me cry AND will make me like a character I previously didn’t. Damn her.
Anyway…we find out that Rick isn’t really that much of a dick. Turns out life hasn’t been kind to him. And his uncle-who now needs round the clock care-is a big reason for that.
So Vinson is hired as one of his uncle’s full time care givers. Although Vinson tries to stay neutral in the war between uncle and nephew, he does plant a few seeds to try to smooth things over. It doesn’t hurt that Vinson is completely attracted to Rick.
Rick has a lot of things to overcome. I absolutely loved that he was totally willing to be friends with Vinson, instead of just having a hook up. He was such a gentleman! Taking him on a date, sleeping on the couch… just adorable and totally out of character for the guy we met before.
And even though Vinson swears off Rick because he is technically working for his uncle, he can’t deny their chemistry. Vinson stays a pillar of strength though. Never wavering in his commitment to take care of Gerard, while still exploring things with Rick.
But Vinson has his own skeletons in the closet. I was really surprised. But delightfully so, because the skeleton he was hiding needs more representation in books. So bravo on that.
It was a good story, characters who evolved, tears of course (shakes fist!), a big Italian meddling family and redemption.
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