To the outside world, Jordan Burke appears to have the perfect life. A fulfilling career, family and great friends, but looks can be deceiving. Events from her childhood, and a painful secret, keep Jordan isolated and unwilling to commit to any man. For her, every relationship comes with its own expiration date.
Alex Garza has lived in the shadow of his brother’s fame for most of his life. He’s an outcast in his own family and never able to put his own needs first. When his brother gives up his career to settle down, Alex is forced to reevaluate his life plans too. Over the past year, his friendship with Jordan has developed into a source of comfort. Now that he has the time to devote to a relationship, can he convince her to take a chance on love or will their painful pasts and a tragic event destroy their future?
The sound of the doorbell breaks my train of thought. I walk through the lower level of my house, unsure of who it could be, and check the peephole when I make it to the door. I’m surprised to see Alex standing on the other side. He dropped me off at my car about three hours ago so it’s unexpected that he’s at my house.
I open the door, foregoing a typical greeting. “What are you doing here?” I probe, dropping my gaze and noticing that he’s carrying a duffle bag. “With luggage!” I say, looking back up at him, afraid to know the answer.
“I need a place to stay,” he says, pushing past me and walking into my living room.
“What?” I shriek. “How is that even possible? You literally just moved into your house.”
“I know. There was a water main break on my street. I’m out of my house for a few days and I need a place to crash.”
He must be joking. There’s no way in hell I can let him stay here with me. I can barely control myself around him in public places, let alone the privacy of my own home. “Umm, okay… I’m sorry about that but don’t you have a brother that you can stay with?”
“Yeah, but Victor and Ellie are still newlyweds. I don’t want to be a third wheel. Plus, they’re still busy decorating and fixing up the nursery. They don’t need me there,” he says, shaking his head.
“I don’t need you here!” I practically yell. “You need to go. There are dozens of hotels around here where you can stay for a few nights.”
“After all I’ve done for you, this is how you treat me?” he asks, with a hint of amusement in his voice. It ticks me off that he’s enjoying this so much.
I cross my arms over my chest. “What have you done for me?” I ask defensively.
“Provided comfort, support, and carried your drunken ass home, to name a few.”
“You’re a real piece of work, you know that? Go to a hotel, Alex.”
He drops his bag in the middle of my entryway and stalks over to me. He wraps his arms around my waist and lowers his lips, placing a gentle kiss on my neck. “If you’re worried that I’m going to try to seduce you, I promise I’ll be good.”
I bring my arms up to his chest and push him. “You’re already trying! You’re being bad right now,” I say, exasperated by his clear insanity.
“Bad can be very good, princess.” He grins and turns to pick up his bag. “I’ll just put this in one of your spare bedrooms.” He throws it over his shoulder as he jogs up my stairs. What the hell just happened?
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I read the first book in the Love Series, Translation of Love and I liked it a lot. I’m not a huge romance fan, but this series by Alice is a feel good, happily ever after series about relationships and struggles. Jordan does NOT want to fall in love or get married because she doesn’t want the heartache. But, she can’t seem to stay away from Alex Garza and every time they are together, sparks fly. Alex is used to taking care of everybody else and he doesn’t have anyone to take care of him. He’s hoping that even though Jordan doesn’t want to fall in love, that he can break down her walls and get her to enter into a relationship with him.
There is sex in this book but it’s not overdone or cliche. There are no “tee-hee” moments or eye-rolling moments where you groan and go “Really? She can’t just call it a dick?” I like sex in books when it is real and passionate, not tacky and fake. Alice succeeds in making the love scenes hot and heavy. She is also really adept at creating these relationships that are heartbreaking and painful and loving and believable. No relationship is void of drama, hardship and heartache and there isn’t a lot of happily-ever-after. However, in an Alice Montalvo-Tribue book, you will get your happily ever after. This is a good series to read when you want a good love story with a happy ending. I give this book 4 books.
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About the Author
Alice Montalvo-Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits lounging out on a beach.