Series: Pretty Smart Girls #2
Published by Entangled: Embrace on August 17th 2015
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Devi Dalton won't let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she's taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she's desperately trying to resist. If she's going to succeed, she can't afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.
Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they've reunited in New York, he's not letting her push him away again. They're more than friends-always have been-and he'll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay...one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.
But every fighter has a weakness. Ben's is Devi. And this time, she'll need more than just her favorite "Fearless Red" lipstick to protect her heart if she lets him in...
Personally disappointing to me, the moment I learnt that it was going to be a story (the kind I absolutely abhor and find distasteful) where a one-night stand comes back to haunt the couple in question. Academically, I know this tries to mirror reality, but of the sort where the consequences way outlasts an unwanted and reckless summer fling? No, thank you.
The issues here are clearly mine and mine alone, of course, which I feel I need to add as a disclaimer. My sympathies lay wholly with Devin and a lot less with Ben, whose profession of wanting to forget Devin led him into a drunken (rebound) affair with someone as dislikable as Jillian (which I just found unforgivable even if they weren’t together). Poor excuse and even poorer taste there, despite it all being a mistake.
This unfortunately, isn’t a story where I’ll paste a smile on my face and say I liked it, because it was the exact opposite, as much as I adore Shaw Ross’s brand of writing.