Series: Heartbreaker #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Well, screw that. Riding waves is way more fun than making them.
Hawaii is paradise on earth. Smoking hot women. Tiny bikinis. As far as Aidan’s concerned, wild horses couldn’t drag him kicking and screaming back to the windy city. Or at least that’s what he thought.
When his brother crashes his Mercedes, killing himself on impact, Aidan finds himself next in line to the Callahan fortune and all the ties that come with it. And this time there’s no getting out of it.
A warm bed.
A steady job.
A brother who loves her.
For Essie Gray, life’s been one hard kick in the teeth after another. With her parents both dead, her brother is her only living relative. That is until Vaughn’s truck is written off, his life snatched away by the careless actions of a rich playboy in a flashy sports car.
Now, the only thing that will bring Essie peace is revenge. She must take what was taken from her. Only when the name Callahan has been wiped from the face of the earth forever will she be able to start living again.
Of course, the new head of the Callahan Corporation isn’t what she expected. Aidan’s sexy and sad, and just as damaged as she is. Will she be able to distance herself enough to accomplish her goal?
After all, ruining a man’s really hard when you find yourself falling for him…
Aidan Callahan and Essie Gray both have their lives turned upside down.
“Everything I’ve tried to free myself from is mine.”
An ironic twist of fate seems to be messing with Aidan’s plans; meanwhile, Essie is no stranger to hardships. She’s the type of person who’s been dealt so many bad times that it’s hard to believe in the permanence of good times, her happiness always short-lived.
The blurb on this one does a spot on job describing the plot so I won’t linger on a general description. I will say that the opening chapters that establish the premise of the book aptly capture tragedy better than I think I’ve ever read. All the aspects are there—the heartache, the agony, the disbelief, and the guilt. As a result it felt like so much more than a simple (and in this case necessary) plot device. Instead, a well done, realistic, gripping depiction of untimely demise.
“‛I’d like it if you’d f*ck off and die and never call me again, Alex.’”
Ah, famous last words.
The tale is told via Aidan and Essie’s alternating first person POV. Aidan’s is the most engaging, his commentary and approach to life easily pulls the reader in. He doesn’t take any crap and he’s a little intense.
“When I woke up this morning, my sheets were full of semen and my head was pounding from lack of oxygen. Even in my sleep, I hold my breath when I’m coming. How f*cking messed up is that?”
So far he’s an intriguing book boyfriend with a lot of promise.
“‛I’ve always been sexually charged, Ess. I like to f*ck. I’d go as far as to say it’s my favorite pastime.’”
Essie, I’m still on the fence about. She certainly a bit naïve, definitely broken, and while I could feel for her anguish, I wasn’t entirely sold on her revenge, the blame clearly misplaced with Aidan her scapegoat.
This is only part one of the story and it takes awhile till they are really in each other’s presence, though their paths have crossed.
“I’m all too aware of how fucked up it is that I’m thinking about fingering her ass the first time we meet in person.”
But the pull feels a little one sided with Essie playing a different game. I craved a little more equal build-up to develop their chemistry that I’m not entirely sure is there or not yet. That’s not to say that their hook-up isn’t steamy—it is!!! Aidan is quite talented in the bedroom, particularly with his oral skills. Holy cow does this man know what he’s doing! He’s a total scene stealer—the highlight of the show.
“‛F*ck, Aidan. Oh f*ck, that’s going to make me come. You’re gonna make me come all over you.”Overall, it’s an easy one sitting read, intriguing enough to keep you wondering where it’s going next. I suspect there are more twists to come. A few hints seemed to have been dropped. With that in mind I hope there are pitfalls it avoids. I’m also hoping to see more sexy times between Essie and Aidan as well as some romance as we haven’t really been shown that yet. But the writing is captivating and it flows well, making it a promising debut.
Heartbreaker is his first contemporary romance series. You can catch more from Cole by checking out his website at www.colesaintjaimes.com