Author: Kat Latham
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.
Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.
Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.
Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?
Review: Hot damn! Kat Latham can write a steamy, emotionally satisfying read into a small package and make every word count! This book had more subject and story line per word than any other book I’ve read, bar none, and it was hot, sexy, funny, sad, riveting and great all at once. Read this book because I said so, but read it because it’s awesome and amazing! It’s got the feelz all mixed up into a satisfying ball of sass and it’s worth every second you spend on it.
Molly Dekker has had a $hit ton of things happen to her in her short life. Her husband Greg left her after six years of marriage, effectively making her a single mom to their now ten-year old son Josh. Both of her parents are gone, and her brother Scott was killed in a military helicopter accident the year before. But her job as a kindergarten teacher is enough to take care of her and Josh except for fulfilling one need–sex! She’s tired of being NICE–the dreaded four letter word. She’s had a crush on her brother Scott’s friend Gabe since she was fifteen, and she’s decided to make a move on him for some sex–only sex, thank you. She doesn’t have time for much else lately.
Unfortunately, fate intervenes before she can get Gabe to cooperate. Her and Josh’s lives are turned upside down, and her guilt over being out at Gabe’s cabin while her son was missing haunts her mother’s heart.
Gabriel Morales started out life as a surprise to his mother and a nasty shock to his “dad,” and life hasn’t gotten much better for him. A rocky relationship with his half-brother and father has made his life in the small town of Marietta a lonely and miserable one. He and his childhood friend Scott had joined the Air Force and gotten out of town as soon as they could, and he’d loved the life of adventure and travel that they’d had as para-jumpers. After their helicopters crashed in Afghanistan and Scott died, he’d retreated to a cabin on Copper Mountain, living off the grid and hiding the injuries he’d sustained in the accident from everyone in town.
Rescuing Josh made him feel alive again–useful in a way he hadn’t felt since the Air Force. But since the accident had left him with only one leg, how can he ever work again at what he knows and loves–rescuing people? And even though he’s crazy attracted to Molly, he has no idea how to make a relationship happen–or what he has to offer her. When he falls in lust and then into love with her, it’s time to make a choice about whether he’s going to move forward with his life or stay stalled out, hiding in the cabin forever. It’s time to step up.
Molly has become so paralyzed with guilt and fear over Josh’s accident that it becomes difficult to let go. To let go and accept help when her friend Lily organizes an auction in town to help ease her financial burden; to accept help from Gabe when he approaches her; and to accept forgiveness from herself and realize that her absence didn’t cause Josh’s accident…and that she deserves and needs to move forward with her life both for herself and for Josh. She doesn’t have to be alone anymore.
This is a wonderful, jam-packed story filled with action, adventure, a boat load of emotional issues, and enough sexual tension and scorching sex scenes to light a bonfire! Loved it and can’t wait to glom up the rest of Kat Latham’s books. Thanks!