An intelligent and shrewd lawyer sets his sights on a sexy and successful businesswoman.
In this fourth installment of a series, Carter Sloane has reached a major milestone in his impressive career, moving his firm, Sloane & Partners, to a prominent new office building. He enjoys the trappings of his success, including a black Porsche and positive press coverage in Forbes magazine, but his heart belongs to his nieces, April and Peyton. Their guardian since the tragic deaths of their parents in an avalanche, Carter is committed to giving them a stable home life. He is not looking for love until he meets Valentina Connor at a popular coffee shop. She runs Valentina’s Laboratories, a cosmetics and fragrances company across the street from Carter’s office. Although Valentina is wary of falling for the wrong man, she is intrigued by the sexy and self-confident Carter. What begins as a playful flirtation soon turns into a passionate romance. Carter falls in love with Valentina, especially after she bonds with his nieces, but when her company is sued by a competitor, the couple wonder if their relationship can withstand the pressures of an instant family and two high-profile careers. The latest entry in Hagen’s (Meant for You, 2018, etc.) Connor Family contemporary romance series delivers a sweet and charming love story bolstered by winsome characters, fast-paced storytelling, and a healthy dose of sexual chemistry between the protagonists. Valentina and Carter are appealing lead characters whose relationship is built on a strong mutual attraction and similar family backgrounds. They narrate the story through chapters that alternate between their first-person perspectives. This technique allows the author to explore their joy over their strong connection and their need to offer Carter’s nieces a stable home. Although Valentina and Carter’s steamy romance drives the story, their love of family lies at the heart of the narrative, from his devotion to his nieces to her weekly dinners with her large extended clan. Like the other volumes in the series, this book can be enjoyed on its own, although family members from the previous novels are part of the supporting cast of characters.
Another satisfying installment of a romance series with a lot of heart and plenty of heat.