My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳An emotional ride of a love story that will have you craving for much more than just the ordinary…
➳We all knew snippets of the story behind Sean a.k.a. “Stitch” and Shayla, but finally having the chance to read it and know that their love story has so many twists and turns had my head spinning with so much curiosity. Sean and Shay, both working at the WHITECAPS restaurant, encountered upon themselves, and their opposite characters, to be a liking of their own. Sean, being the quiet, very rugged and broody man he is, and Shay being the beyond high spirits and compassionate young woman. After taking comforting moves of Shay talking to Sean, him listening and saying nothing but just listening, and her slowly start to admire his lack there-of actions, she opens her heart towards him. However, Sean is a very closed person when it comes down to his emotions and his past history that has brought him to the place he is at. But to Shayla, he is a man that oozes so much strength and in need of love and compassion. Her love for him never diminished, even after he stood her up after her having the courage of asking him out;
I wanted Sean. I wanted to kiss him and touch him and God, head his voice more. I had gotten so little of it. I wanted to do everything with him…
➳After being put in a situation that that has brought her so much sadness, Shayla comforts on Sean again once he unexpectedly offers his help with no questions asked. Her confusion for the sudden help diminishes as well as she soon starts to realize that Sean wants to be her friend. At least that’s what Shay thinks. For Sean however, his attraction towards Shayla has taken a place of full force and potential- but to him it is a desire that he has to control as he does not believe that Shay deserves anything coming from him. His rugged past, his mistakes, and his present dilemmas are the reasons and blockades that bring him to that conclusion of not being with Shayla.
➳The angst in this story is one that I actually tolerated, and everyone who knows my reading habits and niches know that I really cannot tolerate an abundance of angst in a love story. However, the fact that Jessica provided a back story of how Sean’s present’s dilemmas are being brought, and also the problems that Shayla has t go through after the sudden death of a family member of hers, brought so much curiosity to the story and how every page will end, wanting you to turn the page for more and more. This story not only makes you curious, but it makes you crave for the love and admiration both Sean and Shayla have. These are two characters that have you wrapped around their finger with their crashes and burns, but also the achievements and emotional attachments.
➳Every love story needs to have ups and downs, because the perfect romances are not ones that are ideally the ones that interest a reader to continue for more. Unless of course you are one who likes the frisky, steamy romances every so often—which I do, but only if it’s Alexa Riley😉. Shay however, is a character that brings so much hope towards the sadness of anyone. Her passion towards her business and the people she cares for is an admirable characteristic of hers that is unique and not found in many romance novels. But when it comes down to Sean, she is a woman who wants to heal him, help him overcome his fears emotionally;
“You deserve love and kindness because you put out those things, Sean. You deserve to feel wanted. I want you. I want you so much. Let yourself feel that…
➳Overall, this book being the third in the Dirty Deeds series has brought so much love towards the characters that we have met before in the past—and also a curious touch towards the characters that are coming such as Nate and Jenna, whom we actually did not get to read about very much because J. Daniels is a tease and cannot seem to share her ideas with anyone until the time is right. The other characters we meet that have me theorizing stories for them and for them to be part of this series are J.R.—the new cook at WHITECAPS—Lauren—the new waitress at WHITECAPS—Patrick—the son of the owner of the apartments that Shayla lives in—and Angela—a tenant that lives in one of the other buildings Patrick and his father own. However, we cannot forget about Kali and Cole. They were mentioned in this story and were also introduced as a newly couple, but we still don’t know much about them except that Kali works ate WHITECAPS and has a son, and that Cole works with Brian and Jamie at their surf shop. Hopefully we get more details on them maybe a small story on how they are doing? **wink wink** Jessica, get writing girl—but this story has so much potential for readers that enjoy J’s writing. A story filled with passion and second chances at finding your soul mate, second chances at forgiveness, and most importantly, second chances at rebuilding your life to a better place than what it was before. Thank you to Forever Romance for providing a copy of this novel as I will forever cherish it’s story and writing style that I have slowly become attached to thanks to J. This novel can be read as a standalone, but it is highly recommended that you read the previous books in the series to not be spoiled over the other characters and get to know them better…
➳ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review… ➳ Books in the Dirty Deeds Series: Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) ♕ Hit the Spot (Dirty Deeds #2) ♕ Bad for You (Dirty Deeds #3) ♕ Down Too Deep (Dirty Deeds #4)
About J. Daniels:
J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series. She is a radiologic technologist by day, and when she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found eating cupcakes with her husband and two kids.
Daniels grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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