Maybe This Time by Chantal Fernando (Book Review)
I discovered Chantal Fernando through reading Jay McLean’s More series and after getting a glimpse of the drool-worthy cover, I lost any kind of control and gave myself willingly to Reid Knox. Add to that a yummy blurb with the words drop dead gorgeous in reference to guys and you’ve got a recipe to make me one happy lady (I know, I’m easy).
Moving in with my half-brother Xander, I had no idea what to expect.
But nothing could have prepared me for this.
My brother’s friends are wild, protective, secretive, always around.
And drop dead gorgeous.
Out of all of them, there’s something about Reid Knox.
Brooding, temperamental, guarded…
And I want him more than anything I have ever wanted in my life.
*3.5 Beauty & The Infuriating Sexy Beast Stars!*
Having lost her mother, Summer Ray Kane is getting a life make-over. At 19 she uprooted and moved in with her 18-year-old half-brother Xander whom she barely knows. She longs to build a relationship with him, now that she’s free to do so without parental interference (aka her mother feeding her terrible lies about what a rotten apple he is). The reality couldn’t be farther from her expectations; he is the sweetest brother any girl would be lucky to call her own. He and his father are eager to incorporate Summer into their lives, just not the family business.
Jack Kane (Summer & Xander’s father) is a feared and respected businessman with a bike shop and a lucrative underground MMA fighting ring. The fights are all the rage and at the center of it all is undefeated Reid Knox. One uneventful date brings Summer face to face with her father’s secret and soon she finds out what and why her brother and friends have been so hell-vent on keeping her safe. Jack Kane has enemies and who better for the job of her safekeeping than Reid. What he wasn’t counting on was Summer needing protection from him and his not so distant past.
One of the perks of living with Xander is the seemingly constant parade of ripped and sexy gym rat friends, including the delectable blonde and blue-eyed Knox twins. Ryan is a bona-fide lady-killer with his looks and panty-dissolving smile, while Reid is the brooding, temperamental arsehole you can’t help but drool over. With a tough as nails attitude and a scar marring his painfully handsome face (the only feature differentiating he and Ryan), Reid Knox can’t help but be drawn to Summer who is four years his junior and could quite possibly be his match. Reluctant to spend any more than the necessary time around her, Reid focuses on his task…avenge his deceased brother’s (Reece) untimely death. He’s so close to achieving his goal, a distraction in the form of beautiful Summer can only bring trouble, especially since she’s the boss’ daughter.
After seeking employment at Ryan and Reid’s business, Knox Tavern, things begin to take a rollercoaster of twists and turns that keep you fiending for what happens next. The two can’t seem to keep their distance and quite frankly, Reid decides to stop fighting the undeniable attraction and give in come what may. What ensues is a whirlwind of sizzling chemistry and infuriating jealousy. While I found myself rooting for Reid to let down his guard in order to let Summer in, I also fought the urge to crawl into my phone and knock some sense into him with some much-needed punches to the face. He gave me whiplash with his back and forth, hot and cold nonsense. We get it, you’re a beautifully damaged hero but that doesn’t give you a license to be a ginormous jerk whenever the fancy strikes. Thankfully, his brother Ryan more than makes up for Reid’s shortcomings, quickly establishing a lovely and extremely platonic camaraderie with Summer, becoming her “pole”. Can Reid overcome his insecurities and lust for revenge or will his newfound happiness be worth more than what he’s been fighting for? Will Summer withstand the immense baggage that comes with falling for someone like Reid?
Maybe This Time is a delightful addition to my guilty pleasures book shelf. I enjoyed every excruciating moment of it and am now a fan of Ms. Fernando’s writing style. I can’t wait to read Ryan’s and Xander’s story!