So, my name is Kiri and I'm an alphaholic. If they grunt, and rumble, and growl, and act like possessive Neanderthal's - dude, I'm in. If they know how to treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen and can still be bought to their knees to do some serious grovelling - give it me, give it me now. Nicole Jacquelyn writes my kinda man ♥
What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?
If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps—but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.
After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.
Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too—for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it... liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.
Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves—with or without Shane...
Shane! Everything about him was perfect for me, everything I love in a book hero. Like, in real life I'd have to go ahead and let someone kick his ass for me, but in my book worlds... have at it.
You want to tell our heroine she's lousy in the sack?
You want to kiss her best friend right in front of her, just to be a dick?
You want to crush her heart and take away everything that matters to her?
And then the grovelling. I love good grovel, and Ms Jacquelyn has Shane on his knees and it's all. just. so. good.
Also, the smut factor is strong here. I like a bit of non-vanilla to my smut, and this story had a little twist of that.
What else did I love?
Shane's family dynamic. His 3rd grader talked like a 3rd grader, his kids acted like kids, and Ms Jacquelyn clearly took the time to develop all her characters - even the tiny little ones. I loved her descriptions of them, and the way she breathed life into them. Gorgeous!
Katiebear was a bit of a doormat. Actually, like... a lot of a doormat. I can't think of one time where she actually stood up to Shane and meant it. There's one scene, in the hospital, where she says some pretty brutal stuff - but even then, she's so doped up she doesn't remember it, and passes out pretty much straight away. So yeah - pussy. Especially when he's busting out these lines while she's throwing up:
"Clean that shit up," I told her as I stepped over the mess she'd made. "I'm not paying for them to clean the carpet."
My first read by this author, and I really loved it. The writing is strong, the characters are well developed, and there are lots of quirky and interesting things going on. I'm not a fan of the accidental pregnancy plot device, but this was actually a really angsty, dramatic, emotional play on it and it was delicious![accidental pregnancy (hide spoiler)]