My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book DescriptionPublication Date:June 11, 2012
Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, "about last night" is just the beginning.Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
In this story, the heroine, Cath, aka Mary Catherine, is truly a tortured soul. As a "favor" to an acquaintance in order to get a coveted straight jacket for her museum exhibit, she goes on a blind date with a stranger. Because the date is so boring and because sad memories of her past are brought back by a Patsy Cline impersonator, she drinks too much. Then, of all the big mistakes to make, tries to get home on her own via public transportation.
Thank goodness she runs into City, aka Nev, who comes to her rescue even though she is not that friendly. They had crossed paths for quite a while, several times a week at the train station, and jogging in the park, but they had never formally met, and don't even know the other's name. She gave him a nickname as she did all the people she regularly saw at the train station. For him, she chose "City".
He brings her back safely to his apartment, and plays the perfect gentleman while she is incapacitated. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds how truly considerate he is when he leaves her a clean towel and new toothbrush in the bathroom, and cooks her breakfast. The sparks soon start to fly as she sees him in his home environment, as a hot and sexy artist, not the business suit stuffy City.
She has a set of rules, and an array of tattoos to remind her of her past mistakes and keep her from making them again, reigning her in to her "new Cath" persona. Gradually City breaks down those defenses, little by little until she realizes she is in love with him.
City has his own issues to deal with. He has an inability to stand up to his mother. He is pushed around by his older brother Winston, who you can totally love to hate. One of my favorite parts of the story is when City finally stands up to them and tells them to "Shut up."
Although Cath has had a very painful life, filled with tragedies that she blames herself for, I still like the idea that even as screwed up as she is, she manages to overcome it with the help of Nev. With all her emotional handicaps, she still manages to snag a hero. The hero was definitely my favorite character. He was hot, sexy, charismatic, and had the patience of a saint. Once he cleared up his mommy issues, he was the whole package. The book contained A LOT of sex, but with a heart throb who was so good at it, that isn't a bad thing.
I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
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