by Laura Drewry
The O’Donnell brothers continue to cast their lines and find love at the Buoys—their magnificent Pacific Northwest fishing haven—in this alluring romance from the bestselling author of Off the Hook.
Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.
Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.
‘You could kiss me again,’ he deadpanned. ‘Not because I really really want you to or anything like that, but because it’ll show us if that first one was just a one-off. Or… not.’
‘Beg all you like – I encourage that, actually – but it won’t help.’ His eyes teased her mercilessly, yet somehow he never cracked a smile. ‘Sure, my balls are gonna be about fifty shade of blue all night, but just because you can knock me to my ass with a kiss or two doesn’t mean you’re gonna get lucky tonight. I don’t put out that easily… I know it’ll be hard on you,’ he went on, not even trying to hide his grin anymore, ‘since we’re all alone here tonight, and I mean… you obviously want me –‘
Jessie licked the spoon clean and dug in for some more. ‘Every once in a long while, PMS takes my crazy to a whole new level, and this, my friend, is what it’s like.’
I know I was late to the party as I only discovered Ms. Drewry’s writing brilliance with Off The Hook, but I became an instant fan of this gifted and talented author. Lured In was more of the same highly amusing, witty, and clever storytelling. The characters in this series are memorable, endearingly flawed, vulnerable yet strong, quirky, and just adorable. I reveled in their witty banter, puns, and clever teasing. Even their arguments were humorous. However, the emotions ran in both directions as the story was also heart-squeezing and full of feels that stung my eyes and constricted my throat. I adore this incredibly well-crafted series and am already looking forward to the next book with “wicked hot promise.”
USA Today bestselling author LAURA DREWRY started out writing poetry – unbelievably bad poetry which hopefully will never again see the light of day. With that behind her, she now writes contemporary and historical romance novels with characters who aren’t perfect, who aren’t always nice, and who tend to be a little (or a lot) on the sarcastic side.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Laura spent eight years in the Canadian north where she learned important things like how to get your bananas from the grocery store to your car without them freezing and turning black in the -40 temperatures. She now lives back home in southwestern BC with her husband, three sons, a turtle, two crazy dogs, a handful of chickens, and about thirty thousand bees. She loves old tattered books, movies, music, the New York Yankees, and cheesecake. Lots of cheesecake.
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