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?
This may have taken me way longer than was necessary, but I do have to admit that the blog-o-sphere did not do me wrong; this is a fun story with a great romance. On the surface Cath and Nev are all wrong for each other, completely different backgrounds, different 'places' in society, but when they were together (and I can't help but use Cath's phrase here) they were just more than when they were apart. And I loved that. Their romance is slow burn emotions wise, as Cath is so determined not to make another mistake. Instead of jumping in to saying 'I love you', Cath spends the beginning of their relationship not even calling him by his given name; it's instead always just 'City' keeping him at a distance and her feeling check.
I would definitely classify this as an erotic romance because the way these two connect in the bedroom is both frequent and hot, but the romance for me is what kept things going. Until the end there weren't a lot of big dramatic scenes, nothing crafted in such a way as to make sure their HEA didn't happen. I didn't trust that at first, Cath had so many secrets that I was positive they had to make a big stink at some point, but happily these two are able to slowly move forward from bed buddies to lovers to people who care. It's a great transition and while yes it's a little too nice how Cath wins over Nev's family, I still ended the story happy and that's a good thing.
Overall Feeling - B+
Series - None
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