I am not sure what kind of water Kristen Proby is drinking these days but I want some. Just when you think that she has created the sexiest male character to date, she comes up with a hot tattooed rocker with a bossy attitude to melt your panties into oblivion, an apa not even needed to achieve such results! And then she goes one step further and gives us a visual of said rock star, in case the mental image wasn’t enough. This is a book that will definitely hit all the right spots, make you lick your fingers from all the delicious hot lovin’ scenes in it and remind you why Ms Proby is truly the Crown Queen of Smuttiliciousness.
Our heroine is Samantha Williams, the foul-tempered sister of Luke Williams from Come Away With Me, and while we did not particularly love her attitude in the previous books in the series, we now finally get the pleasure of meeting the real Sam, we get to understand her, see what makes her tick and recognise the vulnerability behind her tough exterior. She struggles with her family’s fame as it makes her feel invisible and always uncertain of people’s true motivations. Sam is a woman with so many layers to her personality that it truly takes a worthy hero to peel them all off and expose the woman behind them who not only finds it difficult to trust others, but who is also inherently afraid to let herself love.
“I’m not anyone special. I don’t have any amazing talents, I don’t make a ton of money, I’m not even a very nice person. The only thing I have is famous family members.”
Enter Leo Nash – rocker, dominant male, sex god. His painful past has made him hungry for control, in all aspects of his life, including the bedroom. While Sam’s sassy attitude and filter-free mouth might turn most men who show any interest in her away, Leo is no ordinary ‘interested party’ and the more Sam tries rejecting him, the more he pursues her. He senses a deeply engrained fragility in her, and the protective caveman in him cannot turn away. He introduces himself into her life firstly as a friend, never hiding his attraction to her, but also never rushing her to let her guard down.
“I lift my hand to her cheek but she flinches, and I can’t help the surge of pure anger at her reaction. Who the f*ck put that in her?”
From the moment their friendship crosses the line of sexual intimacy, there is no turning back for either of them. Their sexual compatibility is off the charts, overwhelming and immediate, and soon Leo is slowly but surely cracking through Sam’s protective shell. He possessively wants to take care of her, pamper her, make her feel loved and comfortable enough to not only submit her body to him, but also her heart.
“You are everything I’ve ever wanted, Sam. More than music. More than anything.”
Sam, on the other hand, is exactly what Leo has been looking for all his life – someone to challenge him, make him laugh, ground him, but also someone to share his views on family and commitment in general. He understands her more than she understands herself, sees all her little qualms and triggers, and works around them to gain her trust.
“I’m completely in love with her. I just don’t know how to tell her because I’m afraid that as soon as I do, she’ll run at full speed in the other direction.”
This is ultimately a story about the value of family, both immediate as well as extended, and the irreplaceable network of support it offers to those lucky enough to have it. Like with all the previous books in the With Me in Seattle series, the secondary characters often steal the show, bringing us some of those stories back and continuing them. In terms of character development, there were certain sides of Leo ad Sam I wish had been explored more, in greater depth, as I feel a unique door into these characters’ pasts was opened but the threshold was never properly crossed. There were no real highs or lows in this story, no angsty moments to recover from. Greater emphasis is put on the sexual journey between the characters, rather than their own emotional one, but with a formula this pleasant to read, I am definitely not complaining.
There is no doubt in my mind that you will love this book, and that it will capture your attention and feed your senses page after page. And mark my words – you will want to lick Leo’s stars too!
“Oh, sunshine,” I whisper and smile gently. “Haven’t you figured out that I’m completely in love with you?”