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A gorgeously witty, scorching and tender story of a rock god and a librarian who reunite years after a blazing two week liaison. They were young and silly, but now they’ve grown up and can’t deny there’s still an intense energy between them.
Even though rock stars and librarians seem to be in vogue, this first book in the Hurley Boys series cannot be mistaken this for the quintessential rock star story. Sure there’s sex (lots of sizzling hot scenes), drugs (not the main character) and rock and roll (we get to follow the entire process from making an album to going on tour). But this is an incredibly slow and sweet rediscovery of two people who met once and now have grown and matured.
I loved Patrick “Paddy” Hurley. A charming, flirty farmer turned successful rocker who loves his family, has gone through personal struggles as well as heartbreaking battles with his brothers brought on by the lifestyle they lead. And now, this sexy alpha with an inner gentleman is determined to win Natalie’s heart and trust.
But Natalie, who has spent years building the life she wants, where control reigns, far from the chaos of her childhood is weary of what might Paddy’s way of life might bring. But her strength, naughtiness and passion for helping are the perfect blend to anchor Paddy through the storms life presents.
I really enjoyed how Lauren conveys Nat and Paddy’s gradual, honest and mature romance developing their characters as they navigated the sometimes jarring but mostly swoony road to happiness.
“His voice was caramel and a little bit of smoke. His eyes went half-lidded as he began to sing about skin and curves. Of eyes as blue as the summer sky and hands and shoulders that held the weight of everyone’s sins…
It was about being burned alive by need, by desire and love. About holding something so beautiful and strong in his hands that he could barely breathe.”
I also appreciated all the supporting characters. Presenting the tight bonds in his family and the connections she formed with her friends was a sure way for me to anticipate the books to come.
Although the plot is wonderful and packed with incredibly endearing characters that feel real and leap out to carve a place in your heart and who I look forward to know more of, the narrative felt at times choppy and at times too prolonged. It’s the only reason I can’t give it a full five stars.
* I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *