Synopsis: A part time student, CNA, and caretaker for her slightly deranged mother, Clara McKiney doesn’t have time for a relationship. That’s why her friends with benefits arrangement with sexy and ridiculously charming Jax Hensley works perfectly.
But Jax has other ideas.
The moment Jax met Clara he was instantly drawn to her wittiness, confidence, and gorgeous smile. Even though he agreed to the friends with benefits arrangement, he secretly hopes for more than their weekend hook ups.
When Jax’s estranged mother mysteriously disappears, he sees an opportunity to spend more time with Clara. After convincing her to return home with him, a new agreement is made. One road trip and week together to find out why his mom vanished into thin air.
Things are about to get complicated.
**I received an advance copy of this,
but that did not influence the review**
4 stars If you guys know me, you know that this series has owned me. So when I saw there was a 5th book I had to have it.
This story was a little different than the rest of the series, not quite as gritty. There was the element of drug addiction and how it affected people, but not directly. It was Jax’s mom who was the addict so we didn’t get to hear his personal struggle of trying to stay clean. He did have a lot on his plate though, so we did see how deeply addiction impacted his life.
Jax and Clara were both really similar and a great match. While the exact details of their situations were different, they both knew about too much responsibility at such a young age. While they didn’t divulge their secrets right away it made for a great connection. Which in turn led to a great romance. I loved the push and pull of their attraction, on both a physical and emotional level. I knew Clara wanted to give in, and I knew she wouldn’t hold out forever. I loved Jax’s honesty and how he was unashamed to ask her for more. The kissy times weren’t so bad either.
I didn’t realize this would be a road trip book, and I got so excited as soon as that came up. It suddenly opened the door for the relationship to get to that next level. And if there’s one thing I love, it’s a good road trip story.
What did I want more of? Everything. It was just a little too “on the surface for me”. I love feeling the dark and gritty rawness of a character in my bones, and while it was written and I enjoyed it, I never felt it totally own me this time around.
The ending was lovely and full of so much hope and potential for fresh beginnings. It made my heart flutter because these characters totally deserved a HEA.
Rec this? Yes! I really loved it even though it wasn’t quite as gripping as the rest of the series.