author: Layla Hagen
series: The Maxwell Brothers #7
published: 2 August 2023
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Two enemies. One bed. What could possibly go wrong?
Our new general manager is the most difficult man on the planet. The night before Drake begins working at my family's hotel, he finds me in the bar, trying to get rid of a boring date. But the guy won’t take even a not-so-subtle hint.
Then Drake surprises me and comes to our table, but only to reprimand ME about dating in our workplace.The asshat! I swear he thinks he can get away with it only because of those smoldering green eyes. Well, they don’t affect me. Nope, not at all.
He may be Mr. McDreamy, but he doesn’t know who he’s dealing with. I give as good as I get.
As we scout a location for a new hotel in Aspen, things really come to a head—just not in the way I imagined.When our reservations get mixed up and we end up in the same room—sharing one bed—Drake confesses that he crashed my date because he couldn’t stand seeing me with another man. He wants me all for himself.
I don’t want to want him. Besides, the hotel needs him, and so does my family. But as I give in to the temptation that is Drake DuGray, things get deliciously complicated… in more ways than one.
a few notes
steamy rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
language level: 🤬🤬🤬🤬
POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: family, hotels, trust
Layla Hagen creates wonderful family casts, those in The Maxwell Brothers series among my favorites!
The relationship dynamics are one of the things that make this story, and the others in the series. The romantic relationships are always intense and sexy, but they’re also deep and meaningful. That, in my opinion, makes for such rich characters. But it doesn’t stop with those relationships. The family dynamics are equally as amazing, the closeness and support and caring they all show for each other.
The characters, too, really make the story alive. The author creates perfect foils in her female and male characters. Her FMCs are always strong, smart, and independent. And sassy! And the MMCs are equally as strong, smart, and independent, not intimidated by those same qualities in the FMC. And they are protective without going overboard.
The chemistry between Kimberly and Drake in this book is undeniable. I love watching their relationship change from dislike to love, the way they begin to open up to one another. I also love that the story isn’t just about their relationship, but also about the people around them that matter. It brings another layer to the story as they support each other in the things that are important.