Title: Need You for Keeps
When it comes to caring for the furry residents of St. Helena, California, groomer and pet rescuer Shay Michaels can handle anything. Humans are another story, though especially Deputy Jonah Baudouin. He s the town s resident superhero: upright, uptight, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, even when he s investigating complaints about Shay s beloved foster animals. And that spells danger for Shay, a free spirit who can t risk trusting the wrong person again.
Jonah and Shay have been circling each other ever since she came to town, and he s running out of reasons to "not" kiss her senseless. But this deputy is a straight shooter with his eye on the sheriff s badge. He can t afford to get involved with Shay, a chaos magnet with luscious curves who s liable to turn his career and his life upside down. He enforces laws. She breaks them repeatedly. Keeping her out of trouble is becoming a full-time job and it s one he hopes is never going to end."
Author: Marina Adair
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Summer in Napa, Autumn in the Vineyard , Be Mine Forever
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Author
Published: March 3 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Shay Michaels is a pet groomer that also rescues animals in need. She foster’s them for a while then finds them a forever home. Unfortunately that sometimes puts her in the path of straight-laced deputy Jonah Baudouin, a man that makes her skin tingle and her belly jitter. Jonah knows that he should stay away from Shay. She keeps breaking rules while its his job to enforce them. But as they keep meeting he finds it hard to keep his hands to himself and starts to wonder if maybe he should make it his job to keep her out of trouble.
This is a cute, light romance with a great deal of humor and fun. Shay and Jonah are an interesting couple to read about because on the surface they don’t have much in common. Shay seems like a somewhat flighty free-spirit that travels a lot and does what she wants when she wants. Jonah is more serious and grounded. A hard worker that takes his job seriously and has little room in his life for fun. But when they are together Jonah is more flirty and fun and Shay is able to show her serious and compassionate side without worry that she will be walked over. It takes a while for them to work their way to one another but it just made their connection and relationship that much sweeter. We get to see it really build from strangers into something more serious.
There are a few twists and turns to the plot that surprised me which is very refreshing. It’s always nice to be able to read a book without knowing exactly where it’s going but just loving the ride of the story. Adair has a way of writing that makes the pages fly by and the characters are so engaging that you want to keep reading even after the story is over.
This is book six in the St. Helena Vineyard series and while all the books take place in the same town, they don’t have to be read in order. I personally think all series are best read in order but each of these novels, while they may have some reoccurring characters, can stand on their own as a great story. The first books in the series focused on one family but this book has stepped away from the family and focuses more on other people in the town. I am looking forward to reading more from this series and the community of St. Helena.