Reid Matthews (wish is would have given his age) is a former hacker convicted for his crimes, now reformed and working as head of IT for a Toronto company where he’s been given a second chance. But he wants a first chance at love with his co-worker and crush Becca Holden, 25.
Virgin heroes are a bit like unicorns so I’ll admit that premise intrigued me enough to check out this tale. Reid is a real sweetie. He’s totally all in for Becca; he just needs to let his past go.
Becca is very grounded, understanding, and sensible. She was just what Reid needed.
Despite Reid’s virginal status (or perhaps in lieu of it—he does have a lot of time to make up for) there’s no shortage of sexy times.
“I felt her everywhere as my orgasm built like wildfire in my veins, burning and twisting so hot I was certain all that would remain was ash when I climaxed.”
Told via their dual alternating first person POVs, I think the biggest appeal to me was seeing someone who had such a rough start in life get the happiness and stability they deserved. I read this at a time where my own life is going through some upheavals so it was enjoyable to have a positive story of triumph.
My only minor complaint was the narrative inserts of italic flashbacks. It sometimes threw off the flow. The storytelling was relevant and necessary; I just felt it could have been presented smoother.
This is a safe, relatively low-angst romance with a character backstory that tugs on the heartstrings. I haven’t read the previous books in the Vested Interest series, but I didn’t have any problems following along so it can operate as a standalone as well. That said, I might have to check out the other books as I liked those guys as side characters here.
*Title purchased from Amazon in April 2019. All reviews written by Book-Bosomed Book Blog are honest opinions.