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Welcome back everyone, Rachel is back with a follow up novel to Getting Dirty and it’s amazing!
I was really hoping there’d be a sequel to Getting Dirty and I had my wishes granted in a way I wasn’t expecting! Who knew the bartender was hiding so much and it’d take the PR queen to get it out of him?!
We start off at a wedding in Scotland where Cait finally convinces Jackson to sleep with her. And this is when we start to discover the issues that Jackson has struggled with for years. We had no idea about any of this until now and it’s exactly up the alley of Rachael’s style to bring in difficult topics.
If this was the first of her books I’d read I’d think she was copying 50 Shades of Grey, but I know better. Although the Mrs Robinson vibe is still there with an underage boy being seduced by a married woman, there were marked differences between those cases and Jackson.
In this case, Cait and Jackson work through his issues together over months and in ways I wasn’t expecting. Who knew so much could happen in just 6 months and in the way that they did?
I have a couple of fav bits including the car scene and the very last chapter. I don’t want to say more than that coz it might ruin it for you, but I felt like those were major breakthrough moments for them. Jackson more so given everything he’d been through, how he felt about it and the lasting impacts on his mental and emotional health.
I have a question for my fellow bookdragons. Do you...?
A) re-read books. B) think about (read: obsess over) certain characters. C) worry about secondary characters and hope they’re happy/want them to have their own HEA. D) ALL of the above.
It’ll come as no surprise to you then that I’m a D through and through, which leads me nicely to my review...
“At last!”, I hear you cry. There is no need to be sarky. Good things come to those who wait. *waves hand* Enough already with the pot meets kettle. I’m well aware that patience is a virtue I’m severely lacking *snorts*, but everyone loves a good intro *winks*.
So, where were we?
I couldn’t get Jackson out of my mind after reading Getting Dirty* back in January. I was consumed with the need to know more! It’s that thing as readers we all tap into, the feeling of a story waiting to be told and, in Jackson’s case, needing to know what haunted him. In short, I could not settle for worrying over if he were happy or not. I poop you not!
So, imagine my utter delight when the author revealed Jackson was getting his own book. Yup *nods* it was as bad as you’re thinking. I think I had all the neighbours’ dogs barking with my squealing. The Mommy stated the shimmy dance I did was not to be repeated. Harsh! *rolls eyes*
Unwrapping the Best Man was sheer perfection!
Jackson was every bit as intense, dirty (hehe!), commanding, loyal, flawed, and magnificent as I thought he would be. Along with a hidden vulnerability that was like catnip to my lady bits! (Keeping it real, peeps – Keeping. It. Real!) Did I mention the tattoos? *drools*
And Caitlin was his perfect match, feisty, giving, tenacious, but above all, loving and there is nothing she wants more than to love this man. If only he’ll let her...
Prepare yourselves, you are in for one wild emotional ride.
He was SO worth the wait!
Rachael Stewart has done it again. I must’ve been on the nice list as UtBM was the best early Christmas present.
*Please note UtBM is a standalone – I just had the pleasure of already being acquainted with Mr Black.