ABOUT THE BOOK
He’s cruel. Insufferably attractive. And broken beyond redemption.
After the nightmare I just ran from, those details should have made him the perfect storm of do not touch. Except I didn’t know any of this–other than the attractive part—when I met him.
Our story started on a lie. He pretended to be someone else, and I didn’t ask a lot of questions. Nor did I try to stop him when he snuck out of my hotel room in the wee hours of the morning. I was determined to start my new life on an uptick and a wild one-night with a hot stranger felt like just the ticket. Only I should have known something that good wouldn’t end that easy.
On my first night in my new house, our paths cross again when I discover he’s my new neighbor. No longer the charming man I met in the bar, he’s a grump, completely unfriendly, and utterly intolerable. As if this couldn’t get any worse, I quickly learn I’m also his daughter’s new teacher. A wonderful daughter I can’t help but fall in love with.
Something I refuse to do with him. Our button-pushing back and forth never fails to get under my skin. If anything, his sudden off-limits status makes resisting this devil of a single dad that much easier.
Regardless of the temptation he presents. How searing his heated gaze is when I catch him staring. Or how breathless our stolen moments leave us.
After all, this is the fresh start I so desperately need, and I will not let anything get in my way. No. I can’t give in to Doctor Heartless. No matter how hard he tries to change my mind.
I’ve been a big fan of Ms. Saman’s since I read the first book in this series. So, I couldn’t wait to read Landon’s story as a grumpy single dad and widower who is surprised and intrigued by a feisty outspoken teacher who was supposed to be a one-night stand.
Ellery “Elle” Wilde is divorced from an emotionally abusive ex-husband, living next door to the man she had a one-night stand with, and she is a middle school teacher who is teaching history and sex-ed to her grumpy neighbor’s daughter. Oh, and the man is Dr. Landon Fritz from the billionaire Abbott-Fritz family though when she slept with him the asshole used his twin brother’s name, Luca. Now he treats her like something he stepped in. War it is. Challenge accepted.
Dr. Landon Fritz loves his family and his daughter is his number one priority. As part of a billionaire family full of doctors, there is no shortage of gold diggers and opportunists in his life, so when his new neighbor is the stunning woman he had mind-blowing sex the night before his hackles go up. He wants no part of her. He has his own guilt and baggage to carry and he doesn’t need any complications. Until his daughter forms a bond with her and brings her into their lives. His daughter needs a woman in her life, but he hates this stubborn, sexy woman who is getting under his skin. Should he stay away and continue to be a lonely and angry man, or is it time to start anew?
Elle and Landon are two vulnerable people who don’t know how to trust and love again. Elle has her clusterfuck of a crappy blackmailing family and her selfish and abusive narcissistic ex-husband. And guilt-ridden Landon blames himself for his wife’s tragic death. Elle is kind and outspoken so when Landon keeps giving her mixed messages, I cheered for her candor while putting him in his place. My favorite was in the coffee shop when she shocked both Landon and Luca with her well-deserved comeback including a feisty wink and blowing a kiss in their direction. Priceless! I also want to add that Elle is an exceptional teacher as she takes on the subject of sex education with a bunch of middle schoolers. Elle’s PTSD heartbreaking moment in the kitchen is an eye-opener and a decided change for Landon on how messed up and abusive her marriage was and how he treated Elle from then on. Landon is difficult and brutally honest, but he shines as a single adoring dad for his daughter, Stella, such as designing a greenhouse for Stella supporting her love for environmental sustainability. As any parent knows, raising a child on their own is difficult and he is a busy surgeon who feels guilty leaving his daughter alone. His decision to let Elle be a part of his daughter’s life as a teacher and a friend is another turning point that makes them grow as friends and more. And yes, it is rewarding seeing Elle bring happiness to Landon and Stella while they all learn to trust love again. Watching Landon’s undoing is the best yet of the Fritz boys.
If you have read my other reviews for Doctor Scandalous and Doctor Mistake you will see that I admire the Abbot-Fritz family. They have each other’s backs and interfere in each other’s lives in a loving way. I can’t wait to hear Luca’s story next. As for Elle’s family, she’s better off without that nasty crew of evil manipulators.
Once again, Ms. Saman does a fantastic job penning a beautiful heartwarming love story filled with emotionally damaged characters learning to forgive themselves and move on with their lives. This book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading all of the series to get to know the wonderful Abbot-Fritz family.
Thank you to Ms. Saman for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. Saman is a USA Today bestselling author who is addicted to Diet Coke, sour candy, and indie rock. She swears way too much (especially after a glass of wine) and has a penchant for sarcasm (or so her husband and children like to tell her).
She’s an admitted lover of second chance romances, love triangles, and the perfect amount of angst. She is best known for writing contemporary romance filled with smart, strong women, and sexy alphas who have a softer side–especially for their women.