From Ice to Flames

Series: West Brothers, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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One rule: No more men.  

Two years ago I walked away from a marriage I thought would last forever and all I got from it was Dick…  

And I don’t mean the one between my stupid ex’s legs.  

I’m talking about the 150 pound furry dog said ex dropped off at my doorstep. 

But I’d take Dick over any man, any day.  

So why did I resemble my dog, panting and drooling, whenever I ran into Hudson West, my sexy new neighbor? 

True, the gorgeous veterinarian was hotter than sin. 

And my new roommate only made it impossible for me to avoid conversation with a man I didn’t need. 

Until tragedy struck and some jerk decided to run Dick down. 

It was hotter than sin Hudson who came to his rescue.  

Then it became impossible to ignore him.  

It was only supposed to be a fling, a quickie, a one and done. 

We both had reasons to keep it that way…my one rule and his five-year-old son. 

Except things didn’t quite work out that way. 

One turned into two, then three, annnnd you get the picture. 

Before we knew it, he gave me a lot more than puppies and fairy tales. 

And that stupid rule? 

I should’ve stuck to it because now more than my heart was at risk.

©2018 A.M. Hargrove (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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What is wrong with these characters?

I spent over nine hours listening to this story, and by the seventh hour, I was ready to kill the hero. OMG, the author spent 2/3 of the book showing us what a great guy and father Hudson West was only to turn him into the most vile man on Earth. I'm sorry, but the way the author changed Hudson made me so upset, I couldn't root for him anymore. She gave Hudson a vindictive streak that was so out of character from the man she'd originally portrayed it wasn't believable any more. And then she ruined it further by turning the heroine into a spineless jellyfish. I was so happy when Millie told Hudson to shove off. When he hunted her down and yelled at her, accusing her of being self-absorbed after she left New York to be near her family, I lost all respect for Millie. She basically agreed with Hudson and asked him to forgive her. Just...no.

Hudson had shown his true colors when he told Millie she was no different than his ex and was a manipulative woman who had connived to get pregnant on purpose. Worse, he told her she lied about losing her baby two years prior?! And the kicker? He took back the puppy he had given her and told her she didn't deserve him. What. A. Douche. Don't give me that crap about him having a human moment and being upset about his ex wife. His vindictiveness was so over the top, it was not believable in the least.

Yes, these are fictional characters, but the complete one-eighty this author did with them was so abrupt and disheartening, I probably won't read any other books from her. I'm sure there are people like that in the world, but they aren't hero material.

I gave this three stars because the writing was engaging with very few errors, but I'd give it 2.5 if I could just for the major character personality changes. It was the first time I'd ever come away from a book wanting a solo HEA for the heroine alone.

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Rename

They should rename the book to Millie cries!! I think she cried in nearly every chapter...some of it was understandable, other times it was like really??