J.A. Huss brings the heat with a very sexy, hot older man, sweet young girl forbidden romance that is sure to leave readers hot and bothered.
Ryker North is a 35 year old former drummer/real estate developer with a penchant for younger women. Aria Amherst is a high school senior who is getting to play grownup for a month and house-sit for her older sister. When these two meet for the first time, the attraction is instant and smoldering and forbidden and too hard to resist.
These two together come across as a very sweet couple. I kept forgetting that he is almost twice her age. Ryker has always been attracted to younger women, but Aria is by far the youngest he's encountered. Yet she is the one out of anyone he's been with that calls to his heart and soul. So it complicates things when he finds out that she happens to be the daughter of the man his business partner is brokering a deal with.
Julie is a master at writing about a topic that is usually taboo but she writes the story in such a way that has you rooting for the couple all the way through. I wanted to see these two break through the stigma people tend to have when a couple has an age gap like these two do. But Ryker handles the situation like a champ, even though he's the last person on earth who was looking to settle down with one person.
The "firsts" these two experience together are sweet and hot and endearing and had me wishing I could relive all my firsts with someone who was as patient and gentle as Ryker. Julie seamlessly navigates both Ryker and Aria down a path of self-discovery and learning experiences together that I felt made their bond even stronger. Throw in a few twists and turns along the way and we get one steamy, sexy read that is also heartwarming.
I'd love to see a couple of the side characters get stories of their own. I'm excited to see what Julie has in store for us next!