This week’s book boyfriend snuck up on me because when I first met him in the other books of the series, he didn’t really stand out to me. I mean, I was curious about him but I wasn’t expecting to love the hell out of him the way that I ended up doing after finishing his book. Dax Vaughn was a delightful surprise and I seriously adored him.
Is there room for two in that sleeping bag? When it comes to love, a chiseled loner takes the scenic route in this irresistible standalone from the author of Eye Candy (“Truly the perfect romantic comedy.”—Lauren Layne).
Dax: After spending the summer buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.
Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.
Dax Vaughn won me over with how grown up he was about his feelings and how realistic he was about what was happening with Becca. I loved how he instantly recognized what was happening and let himself just feel everything without crowding Becca.
“My gut tightens. I know that feeling, but it’s been eons since I’ve felt it. White. Hot. Attraction.”
Then there was the way he missed Becca. It was sweet at the same time that it was sexy, and again, grown up. I really liked that about him.
“Hang on, gorgeous,” I warn, but she turns her face to the side to make sure I see her smile. Absolutely. Missed. That smile.
My heart hurt for Dax when he realizes how much he felt for Becca and how scared she was to return those feelings. Finding out his romantic past and seeing him go through it all again with Becca, I felt for him…felt all of the things. Felt so much love for him and was so glad when he finally got his happy ending.
“No Becca. No note. It’s fine. It is. Disappointing, but fine. What we had was last night, and last night was fucking spectacular, and now it’s in the rearview. Totally fine.”
Here’s the guy that came to mind whenever I tried to picture Dax…though the guy on the cover is freaking yummy.
If you haven’t read his book, I recommend that you try it out. Dax is my favorite hero in the series and he’s very different from all of the other characters. He’s gruff and he’s grumpy but he’s oh so sexy. If you want to read my review of the book, check it out here.
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Until next week…enjoy!