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Security expert Conner Dillon isn’t a man who often takes a vacation. So when he is ordered to take a month off and his sister insists on a trip to Hawaii, he isn’t very happy. But, after seeing his landlady Jillian Sawyer again, he might just find something—or someone—to occupy his time.
For years, Jillian has always had a crush on Conner. Now an erotic romance author with a thing for Doms, she finds herself beyond intrigued by the man. He is good to the core, but there is something else darker in him that calls to her.
After one night in bed, they both find themselves addicted. In Jillian, Conner has found the perfect sub…and in him she finds someone she can trust. Falling in love isn’t what they expected, but walking away is impossible—especially when they realize someone wants Jillian dead.
WARNING: this book contains the following: An uptight security expert who prefers schedules, a romance writer who does not, tattoos, a trip to the Aloha Swap Meet, two hunky neighbors who irritate our hero, Hawaiian scenes, and of course this would not be a Harmless book without a trip to Rough ‘n Ready. Ice is recommended as any Harmless Addict will tell you, but the author takes no responsibility if a reader should become overheated. Read at your own risk.
Melissa Schroeder has once again written a fantastic story in the Harmless series. I admit I’m a little addicted to this series and eagerly await each installment. Not only because I can’t wait for the “new” story but because I know Melissa will also “check in” with previous characters which makes the stories all the more fascinating to me!
This book opens with Conner Dillon (who we met previously in A Little Harmless Lie) lying in a hospital bed following some chest pains. His sister Maura, along with his business partner, and his doctor insist that he needs a vacation and some relaxation. Maura arranges for him to rent a place from her ex college roommate and best friend, Jillian Sawyer. Jillian has always been attracted to Conner but she knows she will never get involved with him because of her friendship with Maura.
Conner is and ex-FBI agent and part owner of a security business. He’s a workaholic who doesn’t take time for himself, relationships (other than with his sister), or any thing fun. He’s strong, capable, and a Dom. He also knows he’s going to have a hard time keeping his naughty thoughts about Jillian from becoming a reality.
Jillian…..I can’t help but wonder if Melissa was channeling her own self here. Jillian is an erotic romance author who loves to write and enjoys the research aspect of her job. She’s tattooed and pierced and wears dreads. (Okay, maybe that’s not Melissa!) Her mixed heritage leads to her interesting good looks. She has distanced herself from what she refers to as her “crazy family”. She lives a fairly antisocial life although she remains in contact with Maura and has immersed herself in the Hawaiian culture.
Jillian feels somewhat responsible for Conner since she has promised Maura that she will “look after” him. They spend quite a bit of time visiting the local sites and enjoying each others company. Conner also meets up with old friends at Rough & Ready (the local BDSM club) and while there discovers that Jillian is there “doing research”. Conner doesn’t like the attention Jillian has garnered at the club and his dominate and very bossy personality comes to light. Jillian pretty much tells Conner she knows he’s a Dom. Things heat up and they fall into a relationship. While there are elements of BDSM in this book, it’s not quite as heavy or as much as some of the other books and there is no “public” play. Everything they do is in private.
Soon Jillian finds herself receiving threats. Conner and his local buddies try to figure out where the threat is coming from and Conner finds himself caring way more than he intended to for Jillian. Jillian flat out tells Conner she loves him which of course freaks him out a bit. Eventually things come to a head and they stop being stubborn and work their way towards being happy together.
It’s just so hard not to like these books. The great Hawaii setting, the wonderful cast of current and past characters whose lives all seem to overlap, the snappy dialog, and the hotter than hot sex scenes mixed with some BDSM elements makes this a must read offering from Melissa Schroeder. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. Start from the beginning you won’t be sorry and make sure you check out the “shorts” that Melissa regularly releases. I love the “shorts” as they give us even more insight into the characters we’ve grown to know and love!
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