Published by Avon Impulse Setting: United States
on November 3, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Heâ€™s the bad-boy biker. Sheâ€™s the good girl working in her familyâ€™s Indian restaurant. On the surface, nothing about Trucker Carrigan and Pinky Groverâ€™s instant, incendiary, attraction makes sense. But when they peel away the layers and the assumptionsâ€”and their clothesâ€”everything falls into place. The need. The want. The light. The laughter. They have more in common than they ever couldâ€™ve guessed. Is it enough? They wonâ€™t know until they take a chance on each otherâ€”and on love.
I’d heard good things about this novella on Twitter and it seemed to be perfect for Foodies Read so I had to pick it up.
Pinky got out of her small hometown but had to return to help out in the family restaurant when her mom got sick.Â She’s frustrated at the turn her life has taken.Â Trucker is the leader of a local biker gang that regularly comes into the restaurant.Â They are attracted to each other but know that they have absolutely nothing in common.Â Pinky doesn’t want anything to do with the trouble that accompanies the gang.Â But a few encounters outside the restaurant lead Pinky to believe that they more have more in common than she thought.
I liked this story even though it had way more sex in it than I generally like in my romances.Â The author managed to bring in some good character development in such a short space.
This novella takes place at the same time as A Duke in Disguise, which features Reggie’s sister.Â You don’t really need to have read that book in order to understand this novella but it does reference the events in the novel.
I love this whole series so I liked reading Reggie’s story.Â No one is royal in this one.Â Reggie is considered to be “the good twin” by her parents especially since she had a brain infection that left her disabled.Â She is tired of hearing how proud her parents are of her for managing to do the most basic of things while at the same time they nag her sister for not meeting their standards.Â She’s stopped working for their company and has built a successful online business but they don’t understand what she does.
Gus is autistic.Â He used his livestream to try to find other people as interested in puzzles as he is and to practice speaking.Â Reggie was his only follower.Â He quit after a while and then deleted his archives.Â He didn’t know that Reggie still listened to his soothing voice to fall asleep.
Both characters are a bit prickly because they are used to being misunderstood.Â Despite the slightly contrived circumstances of their meeting, I really liked this story.
I really enjoyed this book too.Â This is the story of a British man living in South Carolina who is suspected of having anti-slavery views.Â His home is burned because of this and his wife and child die in the fire.Â
Three years later, an old friend from England who has fallen on hard times asks him to take in one of his daughters.Â She is uncomfortable with this change in her circumstances but realizes that there is more going on with her new guardian than she suspected.Â
This delves more deeply into the time and events than the romance.Â It is straddling the line between historical fiction and romance.Â