*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I wasn’t sure if I would continue on with this series, but I must admit, reading the synopsis reminded me how much I liked Bast and I wanted his story.
Bast is a sexy negotiator for high profile clients as well as his friends. This story follows on from book one, Mercy, and as quite a lot of history has been set, you really need to read them in order. Bast has been burned by love and his ex-wife plastered their bedroom activities all over Hollywood. So Bast doesn’t do attachments and definitely not to his friend’s little sister. But Kyra wasn’t letting the eleven-year age difference be the deciding factor. She wanted Bast and she made it clear, she wanted more from him.
“About time he noticed her as something other than Wade’s baby sister or a petty thief’s daughter. Still, it wasn’t nearly enough. “I want to be your only.”
Kyra’s character felt contradictory at times, she didn’t want to be seen as the young, clingy girl around Bast, and at first she didn’t, she was in charge and made a play for his affections. But as the story went on Kyra almost became that whiny girl. I get Bast had lots to learn in the relationship department but it just felt like Kyra called him out at every opportunity; Bast didn’t text all day or he didn’t call when he said he would. Yes if this happened repeatedly I’d get Kyra’s point but they had only started seeing each other and Bast was in the middle of saving his client’s skin as well as his friends too. Give the man a break, lady.
I did like Bast, he was suave and was powerful in what he did. I liked that he was adamant he didn’t want anything serious with Kyra yet from the minute he met her he craved more. The scenes between them were hot. Bast had lived out his fantasies and what he thought he wanted so it was nice to see him admitting what he really desired. And Kyra felt it too.
“His gaze burned into her back as she moved, but she kept going because she didn’t need another look. She already knew the truth: she was his.”
Similarly to book one, Wade and Eli’s relationship was told at the same time, they were still recovering from a fall out and all the gang wanted them to sort out their tiff and get back together. I didn’t mind their POVs included in the third person narrative; it was nice to see the progression of all the characters.
I must admit it did take me a few days to finish this book, and that was due to the fact I could put it down easily. The theme is romantic suspense, but it’s more mental than physical. The story only takes place in three settings and the main conflict is solved with talking and more talking. I felt to ramp up the drama and excitement, something more physical was needed. The main threat felt insignificant, as it was all mind games.
I do find HelenKay’s writing easy to read, and it was a change of pace from my usual stories. I was glad to have read Bast’s book and if you were a fan of Mercy then it’s worth checking out Only.
HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin Berkley, Samhain and Carina Press. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.
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