Published by Smashwords Edition on November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Levi Black is an s.o.b.
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, heÔÇÖs a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.
He wouldnÔÇÖt be wrong.
A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. HeÔÇÖs broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mineÔÇöhis stepsisterÔÇöand lived to tell about it.
One night changed everything, and IÔÇÖve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now thatÔÇÖs all changed. IÔÇÖm back, and thereÔÇÖs no more running.
My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now theyÔÇÖre my curse. LeviÔÇÖs reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I canÔÇÖt refuse. One month and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know itÔÇÖs bound to bite me in the a**, I canÔÇÖt bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.
Son of a Billionaire or Son of a B*tch?┬á HmmmÔÇªI think both labels could apply.┬á┬á Well played, JC Valentine, well played.┬á Levi and Vista find themselves in a forbidden attraction – super forbidden because their parents are getting married.┬á Once the deal is done, Levi becomes the S.O.B. and completely untouchable in all of his arrogance and fame.┬á HeÔÇÖs got the balls, the body and the bravado to pull it off.┬á All of the broken hearts heÔÇÖs left behind have never seemed to matterÔÇªexcept for the one that never should have been broken.
Levi is initially portrayed as merely a cocky and successful soccer player with a passion for adrenaline and the fast life.┬á But what we find out is that heÔÇÖs a lonely guy.┬á For all of the famous posturing, his life is empty.┬á His decisions are not his own.┬á You really begin to sympathize with a man who appears to have it all, but really doesnÔÇÖt have what matters.
Vista is finally on the cusp of making a life for herself when the rug is pulled out from under her.┬á Vista has not had the financially easy life afforded to Levi.┬á SheÔÇÖs offered an opportunity which will kick start her dreams, but it will be at the expense of her heart? ┬áOnce upon a time, she gave everything to Levi, but he didnÔÇÖt want it.┬á Vista is a sweet girl.┬á You see her wear her heartache and you wish she werenÔÇÖt so tormented.
The taboo of the situation makes it so hot.┬á┬á They are truly oppositesÔÇªat least on the surface.┬á As with any couple, you see the stupid decisions and rationalizations for such actions.┬á┬á┬á YouÔÇÖll get angry, but I think itÔÇÖs because you get vested in the characters.┬á While this is not a new premise for a book, Valentine does a great job in bringing her characters to life.┬á I appreciated their vulnerabilities and faultsÔÇªthe imperfections make them more interesting. ┬áThe writing has a good cadence and flow, making for an easy read.
~Review by Loredana┬á
When I open my eyes, I meet hers. TheyÔÇÖre wide and full of confusion, maybe a touch of horror, too.
ÔÇ£HowÔÇöWhyÔÇöDid we…?ÔÇØ She shakes her head then throws her leg over mine, scrambling off me.
I watch her as she runs her hands over her clothes and through her hair, and her expression makes me laugh. ÔÇ£Did you know you snore when you sleep?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I do not!ÔÇØ Snatching a pillow from the floor where I tossed it last night, she lobs it at my face, but I catch it one-handed before it can reach its target.
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre right. You were too exhausted to do much more than drool.ÔÇØ
Her eyes flare and I can tell sheÔÇÖs about to scream, so I decide to take mercy on her and put her mind at ease to save myself the ruptured eardrum.
ÔÇ£DonÔÇÖt worry, princess. Your virtue, or whatÔÇÖs left of it, is still intact.ÔÇØ
She scowls down at me, but when she speaks her voice is soft and filled with doubt. ÔÇ£We didnÔÇÖt sleep together?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Oh, we slept together,ÔÇØ I say as I push myself up and place my bare feet on the floor. ÔÇ£Just not in the way youÔÇÖre hoping.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Oh, get over yourself. Believe it or not, not every woman in the world wants to sleep with you.ÔÇØ
With sharp movements, she strides toward the stairs. I watch her go for a moment before remembering that I can match her pace now, and then I get up and go after her.
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre right. Not every woman in the world wants a piece of me. Although, theyÔÇÖd be crazy not to.ÔÇØ She glowers at me as we reach the top of the stairs, but her eyes betray her as they fall to my bare chest. She wants me just as much as I want her, and when she lifts her gaze back to mine, I wink at her.
Huffing, she picks up her pace.
ÔÇ£But you know what IÔÇÖve come to realize?ÔÇØ I ask. Taking two large steps, I reach her bedroom before she does and plant myself in the opening, blocking her entry.
Her expression twists and I can see the rage burning in her eyes. ÔÇ£What?ÔÇØ she snaps. ÔÇ£What is this big revelation?ÔÇØ Again, her gaze drops to my chest, then falls to my abs, then comes back up, sweeping over my arms, which I cross over my chest because it makes the muscles look bigger.
I love her attitude. ItÔÇÖs the right mix of pissed off and intrigued. She canÔÇÖt resist me and she knows it, and thatÔÇÖs whatÔÇÖs got her all riled up. I can read the truth all over her. I decide to enlighten her.
ÔÇ£What IÔÇÖve come to realize is that it doesnÔÇÖt matter how many women want me, just which woman wants me. And thereÔÇÖs only one woman whose opinion of me matters right now.ÔÇØ
I hold her narrowed gaze until dawning lights in them. For a split second, the little lines around her eyes vanish and I almost think she might smile, but she recovers herself quickly.
ÔÇ£Keywords: right now. I wasnÔÇÖt born yesterday, Levi, so donÔÇÖt presume me to be one of your nitwit groupies who canÔÇÖt tell the difference between the truth and a crappy pickup line.ÔÇØ
With more strength than I would have guessed her to have, Vista places her hands on my chest and shoves. Knocking me off balance, I fall back a couple steps, just enough to give her room to pass.
ÔÇ£So youÔÇÖre saying I need to work on my technique?ÔÇØ
Gripping the door, sheÔÇÖs practically seething as she stares up at me. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm saying you need to find yourself a different practice dummy.ÔÇØ Then she slams the door in my face.
A smile tugs at my lips. Vista has more guts than I realized. No woman has ever turned me down. Up until last night, I thought that was pretty damn awesome. I never understood why some men got off on chasing women around, dating, and buying them things to earn their attention. Now, IÔÇÖm beginning to appreciate the thrill of the chase. Is that what VistaÔÇÖs looking for, a guy who will chase her?
Leaning in, I push my face close to the door so I know sheÔÇÖll hear me. ÔÇ£You know what I think, Vista?ÔÇØ Her silence only spurs me on. ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt think you want me to go away. I think you want me to chase you. Well, princess, youÔÇÖve got your wish, because youÔÇÖre the only dummy I want to chase.ÔÇØ
Something slams against the door and bounces twice on the floor. A shoe? Throwing my head back I belt out a laugh. Damn, sheÔÇÖs a spitfire.