On her thirty-first birthday, hopeless romantic Kelsey Callihan has all but given up on happily ever afters, which is why she agrees to a risqué proposition from Sterling Canyon's notorious playboy, backcountry skier Trip Lexington. After all, every girl needs a little fun, and with Trip, there are no mixed signals or risks of a broken heart. And if his tips can help her land a husband in the process, all the better.
Trip couldn't be happier with his secret, no-strings fling with sweet and sexy Kelsey until she calls it quits after meeting a man she believes could share her dream of marriage and family. His jealousy turns to outrage when he discovers that the man is his estranged half brother and lifelong rival.
Now Trip must decide whether the fire in his gut is due to sibling rivalry or something much more dangerous...like love.
This story or should I say the character of Trip Lexington, made me blush. What a quintessential playboy and alpha man! Now, I don’t think I agreed with his mentality and I questioned his ability to be Kelsey’s hero, but he seemed like a character that needed to be redeemed. I did not get the chance to read the first book in this series, so I wasn’t properly introduced to Trip early on, but it did not deter from the reading.
Trip has his demons, which come in the form of his family situation. His dad being the main concern.
“He was a lot like his dad, which meant he couldn’t be counted on to commit to one woman for life.”
Stubborn to the max, but still a very sexy lead character. When he sets his eyes on his “Princess” or Kelsey, he finally gets the jolt he needs to become a better man and not a “man whore” as he was referred to in this story. That part made me laugh.
Trip was the most interesting character to me. I just love that he was flawed and he knew that he didn’t have high expectations in relationships.
“That was what happened when you let people in your heart. Things got messy, and then they usually fell apart.”
On the opposite spectrum, Kelsey did have high expectations and the constant back and forth between her and Trip’s differences was the focal point of the plot. He wants a no strings attached relationship, she wants love, marriage, and children.
It was a steamy love story to be sure and a few heartbreaking moments that made me tear up. It certainly was fueled with emotions and doubts. It made the ending all the more sweeter and it made me go “aw”.
This can be read as a standalone, but I need to go back and read the first one, just to get an idea of the other characters. Look forward to more in this series.
*I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*