Kind, caring, and protective. Those are the three qualities I’m looking for when it comes to my dream man. In a city as big as Chicago, you wouldn’t think he would be that hard to find, right?
Sure, my boss found a super-sexy detective and my best friend fell madly in love with the most eligible bachelor around. But the only person I’ve met recently is a broody bad boy who saved me at a sketchy pub.
He’s grumpy, rude, and honestly, not that likeable at all. Hardly my “dream” guy.
So why can’t I stop thinking about him?
I don’t do friendships. I don’t do relationships either. The very last thing I’m looking for in life is to fall in love and live happily ever after.
So saving some rich guy from losing his wallet is the last thing I want to do on a Friday night. Especially when he looks like someone who just stepped off the cover of GQ.
Fate seems to have other ideas, though, and every time I turn around, he’s there.
A wicked heat simmers between us, threatening to ignite, and though I’ve been trained to put out the flames, I can’t help but think: What’s the worst that could happen if I let this desire burn out of control?
Wicked Heat is book 1 of 2 in Ryan Carrigan & Jameson Clarke’s story.
I will admit that I haven’t read the last few books from this author, finding that I just needed a break. However, something was intriguing about this one to draw me back into this Chicago based world of Ella Frank‘s. I will tell you that although this book doesn’t end on a literal cliffhanger, it is slightly open ended on how their relationship would be going forward, setting you up for the next book in the series. I would say, though, that there isn’t a need to “wait” until the series is done, or their arc is done.
I liked these characters a lot. I’m always partial to a little grumpiness, and Jameson had many reasons to be a grumpy guy. He’d had a rough childhood, his childhood best friend died suddenly leaving him bereft, and his sister was a whole hot mess. And despite all that grumpiness, Ryan found Jameson attractive enough to not ignore the many signs the universe were giving him by throwing them together.
Communication was definitely lacking between the two initially, and opening up was not a strength for Jameson, but something they worked through slowly. Jameson begins to open up more, talking about his past, his challenges, and even allowing Ryan to assist him when his sister showed up again.
This book didn’t have a lot of conflict, as they grew closer, but I believe it is setting up for some possible intense conflict in book 2. Jameson is used to being alone, dealing with things alone, and pushing people away. With Ryan’s job, and their different backgrounds, I can see some challenges ahead for their HEA.
A strong 4 pieces of eye candy read, and definitely looking forward to the rest of this series.