When We Kiss by Darcy Burke

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 21st January 2016
When We Kiss by Darcy BurkeWhen We Kiss by Darcy Burke
Series: Ribbon Ridge #5
Published by Avon Impulse on February 16th 2016
Pages: 400
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two-stars

Denver real estate mogul, Liam Archer, has always been a thrill-seeker, and the loss of his identical twin brother has only intensified his reckless behavior. Sky diving, heli-skiing, motorcycle riding…he’s tried everything once. Except falling in love. Liam doesn’t do relationships, but a no-strings fling with Aubrey Tallinger—the smart, gorgeous lawyer handling his brother’s estate—is totally his speed.
At first, hooking up with Liam whenever he’s in Ribbon Ridge is perfect; but Aubrey fears she could fall hard for the sexy daredevil, if he’d only stop refusing to acknowledge the demons he’s trying to outrun. To protect herself from heartbreak, Aubrey ends their affair. But this time, Liam isn’t leaving town and instead of seduction, he wants to be…friends.
The white hot attraction between them still sizzles but Liam knows that winning Aubrey back won’t happen in his bed. He’ll have to convince her that he’s more than the careless, adrenaline junkie she believes him to be. Because when they kiss, Liam feels whole again… and he isn’t ready to give her up without a fight.

Perhaps it’s unfair that ‘When We Kiss’ is taking the brunt of my frustration with the formulaic tropes that are tossed out so easily when it comes to characterisation.

There’re a lot of family-type interactions which I’d normally appreciate for the different dynamics, but I took immediate offence at the selfish and reckless behaviour of the male lead, whose actions showed nothing of concern for others but himself – even if he attributes it to repressing his twin brother’s death which I found it even harder to swallow. But for this man-child (who miraculously still manages to be a player), Darcy Burke has at least chosen a passable heroine who nevertheless, still crumbles at his every touch, despite her determination to resist him. Liam Archer was a ‘hero’ whose shallows I was not inspired to plumb and many times, I wondered why Aubrey even bothered.

I was hard-pressed to continue with the story, let alone get invested in this pairing, as disappointed as I was with these characters.

two-stars

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