Cord Parker wasn't looking to be tied to one woman for the rest of his life. He liked to play the field, but the moment he met the sweet, pretty Irishwoman opening a restaurant down the road from his bar, he knew he'd met The One, even if he has a hard time admitting the truth since he can't get her out of his head. Spending time with Maebh is no hardship, but will Cord be able to convince her to take a chance on him forever?
Every book before this one is definitely worth reading, and this book is another fantastic addition to Ms. Elliott's Cowboys and Angels series where the main and secondary characters thoroughly entertained me because the Parker family have such a tight bond as a family and want each other to be happy; and the dialogue was a wonderful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories and everything these two go through on their journey to happy ever after since Cord wants Maebh badly, but keeps hurting her until he finally gets his act together; and playful banter that had me reading quickly, determined to discover what 'Smurf' Cord would be named.
The way this story started with the prologue had me loving the hero and heroine immediately and had me loving how off-balance Cord is when he first met Maebh. She's everything he never imagined he ever wanted, but there's no doubt she has quite the effect on him; an effect no other woman has ever had on him before. Moreover, the heroine was resilient; courageous; a little sassy; has great friendships with many of the secondary characters; and I liked that she gave the hero a chance, even when it seems he's messing with her head and her heart because his words say one thing and his actions say another.
While the hero, his character progression is incredible. He's confident; a little cocky; funny; has a great bond with his family and I love how they tease each other, even when their opinions and interference when it comes to his love life annoy him; and I loved how determined he was to win Maebh over, especially when things go awry in their relationship. How could Maebh ever doubt his love for her when he does what he does to prove he wants her and nobody else?
Overall, Ms. Elliott has delivered an absolutely marvellous read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was off-the-charts; the romance was full of exquisite heat and passion and had me loving these two together; and the ending had me loving how things work out for these two because they're meant to be together; and has me looking forward to the next book of this series because of what's going on with Trevor -- the final Parker sibling to find his perfect match. I would recommend This Love by Kelly Elliott, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope; the opposites attract trope; the friends to lovers trope; or books by authors Corinne Michaels, Melanie Harlow, Emma Hart and Kristy Bromberg.
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