Prepare to feast your senses and lick your fingers in another luscious story from an author that combines romance and erotica in the most smuttiliciously decadent way. This is the second book in the With Me In Seattle series.
We met Jules in Come Away With Me as Natalie’s smart-mouthed and no-nonsense best friend. She is loyal, independent, strong and a hopeless romance sceptic. Until she meets Nate. He seems to ignite every fibre in her body, shakes her resolve about not needing romance in her life, he is the perfect package in her eyes except… he is also her boss in a company where fraternization among colleagues is not just frowned upon, it is not tolerated at all. But one incredible night of passion leaves Jules scared of what she might be starting to feel for Nate and terrified of rejection. Unwilling to see regret in his eyes the following morning, she flees his bed in the middle of the night, leaving him confused and hurt. They spend the following year pretending like nothing ever happened between them, suppressing their attraction and their craving for one another.
And then Nate makes her an offer she is incapable of refusing – to spend a weekend together, no strings attached, to just get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. What follows is quite possibly the hottest set of toe-curling fireworks I have had the pleasure of reading, Jules and Nate not only being a perfect match in bed, but also soul mates in every other way.
“It’s just dinner, Julianne.”
“You’re not looking at me like you just want dinner, Nate.”
He cocks his head to the side and a smile kisses his lips. “How am I looking at you?”
“Like you’d like to f*ck me on this desk.”
Nate pursues her affection relentlessly and hungrily, knowing that she marked his heart from the moment they met. His gentle but irresistible seduction leaves Jules powerless to fight her own feelings for him, slowly falling in love with a man that not only seems to adore her, but would also do anything to make her happy. Nate is protective of her, unashamedly demonstrating a primal need inside him to look after her. For an independent and confident woman that was taught not to need a man to depend on and to always look after herself, Jules struggles to give that control to Nate, but soon realises that she might have been desperately looking for someone to want to protect her all along.
“I’m a badass, but there are times that I need someone to hold me up too, and I didn’t know until I found you that that doesn’t make me weak, it means that I’ve found my partner.”
Nate’s quiet possessiveness is the perfect counterpart to Jules’s struggle for independence. He does not want to change her or clip her wings – he strives to give her a safe place to be the strong self-sufficient woman he fell in love with, but always knowing that he supports everything that she does and everything that she is. His love for her is self-sacrificing and selfless. He’s almost desperate to keep her and not have her want to run away from him again.
“You are mine, do you understand? No matter what happens. You. Are. Mine.”
Jules becomes a different woman with Nate – he makes her flourish emotionally into someone who is no longer afraid of trusting a man with her heart. She lets him in, not only into her heart but also into her life. And into her family. But when you’ve been looking after yourself all your life, believing that someone else might also have your best interest at heart is not always an easy lesson to learn.
In this heart-warmingly romantic but sizzling-hot love story between two characters that complement each other in every possible way, we are shown that needing someone is not a weakness, that love finds even the most wary of hearts, and that trust is a dish best served with a slice of chocolate cheesecake. And an apa.
“I love it when you look at me like this.”
“How am I looking at you?” I whisper and push my fingers into his thick hair…
“Like I’m all you see.” He whispers back to me.
“You are all I see.”