By Jennifer Probst
HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
As a teenager, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future…
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.
Any Time, Any Place has me so torn, I loved it but I also was a little frustrated. The first 35% of the story drove me mad, it was too slow, all this backwards and forwards and the talking about wood. I know he was a carpenter but geewhiz when he started going on about timber and textures I am afraid I skimmed those bits. Then finally things start to happen, amazing kisses, passionate sex scenes and I feel these two characters connect on so many levels.
I loved the story of their individual parents sharing their passion for the stars and how this entwines the two characters, like they were given a gift.
Raven frustrated me at the start and I took a little while to warm up to her but Dalton and his brothers – wow – I loved all three of them, their friendship and business dealings as brothers was great to read about.
I have not read book 1 and you do not have to as they are not linked.
The incident in the bar that is the breaking point for Raven accepting Dalton to lean on was beautifully written as was the last 30% when all the secrets are revealed and Dalton fights to win the hear t of Raven and he breaks her trust.
The letter from their mother was beautiful and one of my favourite parts was her Aunt visiting and the dogs, they provided humour and another character I really connected to was Al.
My rating is 3.5 Hearts.
Any Time, Any Place
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