Published: 5th February 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father’s protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she’s forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla’s seen his type before. But Daren isn’t who he seems to be . . .
Struggling to make amends for his family’s mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He’s beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner’s princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she’s just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla’s dad could have left them . . . was each other.
Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy. I reviewed the first book, Best Kind Of Broken, in January.
The plot begins with Kayla putting her Father to rest – he’s a man she knows little about and she hasn’t seen him in years, yet she’s back in his town, but why? The opener doesn’t tell us an awful lot about Kayla except that she doesn’t enjoy men openly staring at her. At the burial, both Kayla and the readers met the leading man, Daren (who readers will have met several times in book #1). He’s handsome and devilishly cheeky, but I really liked that about him.
In Best Kind Of Broken, Daren was portrayed as a jerk who tried his hardest to do the right thing. Whereas in this plot, I liked him a lot more than in previous scenes, perhaps it’s because we got to know the real him? He’s funny, quirky, sexy and all-in-all, a generally lovely person who is completely besotted with Kayla.
“…aggressively invited me to come back to her place to meet her pet ferret.”
Kayla and Daren both feature in the will of her Father, but they can only receive their money on one condition; they go on a scavenger hunt whilst being handcuffed together! It was a brilliant plan, one which most definitely had its ups and downs, but it was the only way they could truly get to know one another. They made fun of one another which was possibly my favourite scenes throughout the entire narrative as it showed how much they truly cared for one another.
“I don’t want to be his puppet; I want to be his daughter.”
The more I thought about the plot, the more it reminded me of the previous book: two young people (who won’t admit they like one another), must work as a team to get through the days. I expected the ending, but it didn’t stop me from really enjoying the book. Chelsea’s got a real talent for Young Adult writing, that’s for sure! It’s upbeat, fresh, fun and she really gets into serious life topics without completely throwing them into the face of the reader. I’ll most definitely be reading and reviewing the third book.