My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An emotionally captivating, yet sexy and steamy meet cute that will have you enchanted for more of Daxton and Kailyn’s story…
I have to start off by saying that anyone who knows me, knows that my love, adoration and obsession for anything written by Helena Hunting is right there amongst my love for Penelope Douglas and Tessa Bailey as one of my favorite authors due to the fact that she has this magical mind of expressing in words the madness and sweetness that is a true romance novel. She always has her quirky, yet sexy scenes here in there that drives my pounding heart crazy. And there is no denying that this novel is not an exception to that. Her balance of acquiring that taste of charming yet sensuous story is an enthralling feeling to the reader. One that you will never get tired of and want to keep reading more and more. And when it comes down to my specific tastes, she always tends to hit the right and perfect spots every single time. With this new love story coming this spring, Helena demonstrates that family struggles can always be mend together with love, compassion, and time. With the power of those three things, Daxton and Kailyn learn how to be with each other, even after their past that has brought them head to head in the present.
Now, let’s talk about the story shall we? Without giving any spoilers away I can officially say that this is a must read story plot that will have you hooked to your seat wanting to find out what happens next. Daxton Hughes, a former teen actor who has made it into the big leagues with the law, now a lawyer has come across a situation that no one should ever go through. After the loss of his parents, he is turned into the primary guardian of his thirteen year old sister. Now with no knowledge of being a parent, he has to learn how to acquire that respect and title as a “dad” (in a none-weird way) and keep that cool of being the big brother as well. That’s when Kailyn is brought to the picture. A former college student, Kailyn is the number one family lawyer at her firm. Before the loss of Daxton’s parents, they had come to her for financial advise on Emme’s (Daxton’s little sister) final will. Seeing Daxton again after so many years, Kailyn’s crush for the former star of It’s My Life never seemed to diminish. The affection she had for him for so many years hits her once again when encountering upon his presence. However, she cannot forget what he did to her back in law school and her dislike towards him is one that makes you curious to find out what happened to these two. Daxton finds her displeasure one that does not sit well with him, because after his loss she ends up being part of his life due to legal situations.
The instant attraction is there between Dax and Kailyn. One that had not stopped him ever since law school. All those debate classes that he had with her, they became an infatuation towards her in which he thought would just be a short time, but he slowly learned that she is different. After so many years apart, that sweet banter and chemistry is there. Now that Kailyn is part of his life due to legal purposes that involve Emme, she also lets her walls down and let’s a sweet and innocent Emme into her life. She comprehends her emotional struggles of losing her parents at such a young as, as Kailyn had lost her as well. And opening her heart for two individuals that need all the love and care in the world is something that becomes a struggle for her due to the fact that she has to have boundaries because she is crossing the border line of keeping things professional yet have some compassion;
“As soon as I wrap my arms around he tiny frame, she tightens her hold on me. I want to protect her from this pain, even though I know it’s impossible…”
When it comes down to Daxton and Kailyn however, there is that invisible pull that is inevitable to be ignored. Morals are brought to their relationship. Morals in which she struggle to find whether to have compassion towards Daxton after what happened in college. But once she finds out the truth, her walls fall and she lets her heart expand more and shares that love with him. In his eyes, Kailyn is this strong, driven, and independently passionate woman that has had no help of anyone to get where she stands today. That becomes an insightful addition to Dax, one that he wants to ravish and thoroughly enjoy. But he also comes to understand that those boundaries he has put in the past with other women, is something he cannot seem to do or when it comes down to Kailyn;
“This thing with Kailyn is starting to feel a lot bigger than I intended, and pushing for more with her could backfire badly. But I’m selfish enough to try, because I want her in my life as much as Emme wants her in hers…”
However, when the truth comes out that Kailyn has been keeping from Daxton, she encounters upon the feeling of loss once again. This time it is a different feeling from when she lost her parents. Will Daxton be able to forgive her? And will Daxton be able to obtain that respect and trust from Emme? There is only one way to find out, and when I highly say that this is a romance that you do not want to miss out on, I mean it! Helena has created this new world with fictional characters that will have your stomach with butterflies wanting more of their love.
Overall, you can say this is a second chance at romance type of trope. Even though Daxton and Kailyn were not officially together back in law school, there was still that chemistry that bonded them together. Even after years apart, it never seemed to diminish. Fate brought them back together to be in one piece, and form this family that they both needed with Emme involved. I applaud to Helena Hunting yet again for creating such a captivating story. The magic behind her writing is one that also as a reader intrigues me in the best of ways. Thank you as well to Nina Bocci & Forever Romance for providing an early copy of this beauty. You will all fond over Daxton, Kailyn, and Emme.
ARC galley kindly provided by Forever Romance, in exchange for an honest review…
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