Published by Kindle Worlds on April 12th 2016
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Driven by wanderlust and insatiable curiosity, Quinn Forrester views every new gig for her mixologist business as another chance for adventure. Until the night she wanders down the wrong hallway and witnesses a mob murder. After a week on the run, lack of funds and few options land Quinn in Barefoot Bay where she takes a job tending bar at the swanky Casa Blanca resort…and hopes no wise guys show up to make her sleep with the fishes. But nothing whacks a low profile like having your Navy SEAL ex-husband walk through the door—especially when he’s the love of your life you left behind.
Discovering his restless ex-wife at Casa Blanca—and still going by his name—is enough to drive Lieutenant Commander Jasper McQueen wild. When she ran out on their marriage, Quinn left him a broken man. Now with his career in jeopardy and his sexy ex-wife at hand, Jasper is ready to chuck responsibility and submerse himself in a hedonistic affair—all sex, zero emotions—with the woman he won’t forgive and can never forget. And this time, when they’re done, it’ll be Jasper who does the leaving.
But a mob enforcer has tracked Quinn to Barefoot Bay. With her days numbered, Jasper may be her only shot at living through the night—if Quinn can get him to believe in her one last time.
Very deftly written, with a punchy and edgy voice which is the sole reason why I’d continue with what’s shaping out to be a series.
Yet this rating is given mostly because of a deeply irresponsible and selfish female protagonist (whom I can’t even quite bear to call ‘heroine’ – that much I detest her) who seems to dole out vital information only when push comes to shove and whose distrust of her (ex)husband stretched all the way till the very end, which made her cross the line from strongly independent to strongly stupid quickly.
I felt more for Jasper McQueen – the maligned SEAL off duty because of a horrific incident – who didn’t deserve the unwitting punishment for Quinn’s acting out and screwed up childhood, and never quite understood what they saw in each other apart from combustible sex.