Any Time, Any Place
HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future…
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.
If this is what I should expect from the Billionaire Builders series, I am in for a FABULOUS ride. In fact, I need to go back and read book one. I have always enjoyed Jennifer Probst books, but not like this. Any Time, Any Place hooked me from the get-go and did not release it’s hold of me until the journey was over.
The relationship between Raven and Dalton starts with terrific back and forth banter – Dalton wants a date and Raven wants to rip his throat out for the aftermath of the death of her father and Dalton’s mother. The twist and pull that Raven has within her was very well done by Ms. Probst. It was hard not to feel for the woman; a hot guy who’s super nice and totally relentless is hard to resist, even when you want to hate him. Raven’s thirst for knowledge and closure was understand able and easy to relate to. At no time did her motive upset me, because her struggle was so apparent and heart-wrenching.
Dalton, totally in the dark, just wants to crack the nut that is Raven. He’s attracted to her, he’s challenged by her, and he is desperate to get his hands on her … bar. Dalton is the type of BBF I love – kind, compassionate, hard working, and just alpha enough to turn you on without making you roll your eyes. He kept at it, unwittingly falling h-a-r-d for lil miss Raven. Now, I have to warn you … the dude isn’t perfect. At one point he broke my freaking heart. Oh, and Raven’s, too. But you know what? I hated it, but I understood it. Judge me all you want, I knew exactly where he was coming from.
The emotions Ms. Probst can evoke with her words nearly undid me. I was glued to my kindle from Point A to Point Z, reading well into the night and sneaking pages as often as possible. The mixture of humor, heartache, friendship, drama, and sexy times just flat hit the nail of the head for me.