Thursday, March 16, 2017

NEW Release ~ #Review ~ Rooke by Callie Hart




ROOKE

Watchmaker. Car thief. Heartbreaker extraordinaire.

Rooke Blackheath has spent enough time in juvie to know that he really doesn’t want to go to jail. The food sucks, the clothes itch, and there are absolutely no women in sight. Well…none he wants to fuck, anyway.

He should probably stop boosting cars, but the money is stellar and the high is out of this world. And why should he turn his back on something that sets his soul on fire anyway?

The answer to that question comes in an unexpected form: a petite five-foot-three firecracker named Sasha who refuses to give him the time of day no matter how thick he lays on the charm.

Rooke’s not easily deterred, though. Just like the watches he builds from scratch, Rooke knows all too well how women tick. Women are a game to him. A game he always wins.

Sasha doesn’t stand a chance.

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Sasha Cross’s life has been permanently derailed since her son died five years ago. You wouldn’t know it to look at her, of course. She has a great job, a beautiful house, and caring friends. Every week, she hosts a book club featuring the sexiest, most romantic stories on the planet, and every week she falls for a new fictional knight in shining armor.

Fictional men are perfect, though. They don’t hurt you. They don’t break your heart. They don’t cheat on you after your child dies, and they rarely ever leave the toilet seat up.

When Rooke Blackheath shows up at Sasha's workplace, it’s clear he’s nothing like the men who grace the pages of Sasha's favorite books. Dangerous, arrogant, sharp-tongued and sarcastic, Rooke’s not the kind of guy she needs in her life. Not to mention the fact that he’s eleven years her junior.

They don’t live in different worlds. As far as Sasha is concerned, Rooke lives in a different galaxy altogether. She’d like to keep it that way, but fate appears to have other plans.

When Cinderella lost her shoe, Prince Charming showed up at her door.

When Sasha Cross loses her book, an entirely different kind of rogue comes a-knocking.



Review

What an exciting and unexpected story. It was a little dark, gritty, steamy and suspenseful all rolled into one. I am not a stranger to this author, so I thought I knew what to kind of expect. Well...I was wrong there were so many parts of this story that I didn't see coming, which made it even better.

Rooke is an interesting character; young, tough, a bad-boy, self-assured, but an old soul. He has not made the best choices with his life but he is fierce and protective of what is his. Some of his behaviors are strange and don't always make the most sense but that is part of what makes him so unique.

"Great. Feel free to swoon over me. I know I look good in black."

Sasha is a broken woman; she is very good at adulting to the rest of the world but inside she is a mess. She is haunted by her past, in a place in her life that is at a standstill, and at times it seems like she is just going through the motions. She has little excitement until she topples into Rooke one fateful afternoon.

 Rooke knows what he wants, Sasha thinks she knows what she wants and for some reason they just don't see eye-to-eye. One of things that I really liked was that Rooke was open about who he is and what he wants. He's not about playing games. Sasha is older and has a hard time wrapping her brain around the idea of him, let alone the age gap. 

And now you think you know how it will all play out...and you would be wrong. This book takes you places that I least expected and it had me glued to the pages. I read this in a day and was irritated when it was time to put it down so I could eat and do some adulting myself. It was definitely a story that I was completely wrapped up in. There was action, a number of laughs, intense moments, a bunch of tension and steam and just an all-around good read. 

~Jess







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