Save Me (Phoenix #3) by Stacey Kennedy
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Reporter Hazel Rose has a new assignment: locate the masked man in the photograph taken at the Phoenix sex club and snag an interview with him. The only problem? Shy Hazel already knows all about the club… and the man in the photo. He’s her new roommate, Kieran Black. But there’s no way Hazel would ever reveal his identity to the world, nor could she ever talk to Kieran about a secret sex club. His smile alone makes her blush. And after being beaten down by an emotionally cruel ex-boyfriend, Hazel has never really regained her self-confidence.
Kieran loves his sex dirty and his relationships brief. A child of a terrible divorce, Kieran has never seen the point in commitment. But suddenly, all his of best friends are getting married, and he’s beginning to realize how empty his life is. As Kieran and Hazel are both forced to attend wedding celebrations, he starts to learn more about his quiet roommate. When she explains her past struggles with relationships, he offers her a trade. He’ll fulfill all of her wildest sexual fantasies if she’ll help him understand how to be the type of partner a woman wants in a relationship.
Hazel knows this sizzling fantasy with Kieran isn’t supposed to last, but she quickly finds herself falling for the sweet, caring Kieran who is much better at relationships than he believes. But when life throws a wrench into their no-strings-attached arrangement, Hazel and Kieran must decide if they’re both willing to overcome their past heartaches and find a way forward… together.
Oops, I did it again. Smack dab in the middle of a series, but it reads well as a standalone and I am definitely going to read the rest of this series.
The deal Hazel and Kieran agreed upon is excruciatingly frustrating. He’ll give her pleasure at a secret sex club and she will give him dating lessons as friends. Sounds easy right? Wrong. They happen to live together and, well, close proximity and all.
Hazel is sweet and selfless. She wants marriage and a family and she is not delusional that Kieran has big red warning signs about commitment. Her past trauma with her first boyfriend destroyed any future relationships so taking Kieran up on his offer to free herself sexually is an eye-opener. And who better to do it with than the man she has been crushing on for years. Of course, it is incredible. However, there is a problem.
Kieran is the strong and silent type with a swoony bad boy vibe. He’s a fireman by day and a sexy exhibitionist at night. He’s also a good person and a lost soul. Relationships leave him cold after watching his parents use him to hurt each other, but Hazel surprises him with her kindness and trust in him. Does he deserve that trust? Can he be just friends without hurting her?
What a beautiful love story. Hazel and Kieran both have shitty parents so they both have no clue what it’s like to be loved unconditionally. Being together changes them both for the better and when stuff gets real, their fear gets in the way of happiness. Yes, relationships are messy and we all have baggage, but these two work it out in a healthy way by making amends with each other, family, and friends.
I love the supporting characters in this book who are Hazel and Kieran’s true family. In particular, Elise is fierce, baby!!! She has her bestie’s back and she owns it. And the whole magazine subscription thing is priceless. LOL. Hunt also stands out to me as a fantastic friend to Kieran and I can’t wait for his story. Yummy! Like I said before, I’m reading the whole series.
I recommend highly this delightful and incredibly romantic story that shows the power of sex in a positive way. It shows that a woman can desire what she wants with someone who doesn’t push for anything else. Well done!
Thank you to Ms. Kennedy for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacey Kennedy is a USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romances full of heat, heart, and happily ever afters. With over 50 titles published, her books have hit Amazon, B&N, and Apple Books bestseller lists.
Stacey lives with her husband and two children in southwestern Ontario—in a city that’s just as charming as any of the small towns she creates. Most days, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family or venturing into the forest with her horse, Priya. Stacey’s just as happy curled up indoors, where she writes surrounded by her lazy dogs. She believes that sexy books about hot cowboys or alpha heroes can fix any bad day. But wine and chocolate help too.
Stacey absolutely loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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