Title: Reckless Hearts
Three alpha men and a baby.
What could possibly go wrong?
From boot camp to the Iraqi desert, best friends Collin, Max, and Gavin have been through hell and back. But these rugged Marines might need help facing their biggest challenge: raising Collin's nine-month-old daughter, Chloe.
After the death of his girlfriend in an accident, Collin Montgomery has sworn off serious relationships. His buddies have his back-and convince him it's okay to cut loose sometimes. Enter the hottest, smartest girl he's ever met. But what he really needs is a nanny.
Addison Booker needs a job desperately-and fast. She shows up to interview for the nanny position only to find the sexy, cocky man she can't get out of her head. Collin knows hiring her is a bad idea-they disagree about almost everything-but Addison is so good with little Chloe. And there's no substitute for chemistry, right?
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Series: Reckless Hearts #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca Source: Publisher
Published: February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Romance
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Heather Van Fleet’s debut novel is well written. The characters are complex and the story has interesting variations on the nanny theme. The tension between Collin and Addison is intense and spontaneous but never easy going. The sexual tension is mutual and strong. The emotional tension is too but in a much less positive way. Collin has so much baggage over the death his child’s mother that it causes him to pull back every time his attraction to Addie gets the best of him. Addie may be broke but she’s smart enough to see the red flags and turns down the nanny job for an obviously challenging man. Not only is Collin drawing her in but she falls instantly in love with little Chloe. Alter a series of events keeps pulling Addie further in, she finally takes the job. Life with Collin is never going to be an easy and he continues to vacillate between sexy and fun and dark and brooding.
Addie isn’t without her own issues. Her family has been anything but traditional and the rift with her parents has shaped her in ways that make trust hard. I wasn’t sure about Addie’s sudden need to find her long estranged parents. While it gave us some insight into her personality, it seemed out of place in the book.
It took Collin so long to get his stuff together that the misunderstandings dragged on a bit too long. It was nice that the romance wasn’t completely stereotypical though.
The supporting cast was interesting. They added to this story and begged for their own books.
I found the military inaccuracies distracting but the average reader will not notice.
All in all, Reckless Hearts is a solid and enjoyable book.
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Contemporary romance author Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee. Heather was born and raised in Moline, Illinois, where she lives with her wonderful family.
To curb the anxiety brewing hot inside me, I grabbed Addie by the wrist and marched her to the door.
“Hey, watch it.” She clawed at my hand, only making me want to hang on tighter.
“What is your deal, Collin?”
“It’s time for you to go.” I kept hold of her arm, but not as tight, and grabbed her coat, shoving it against her chest.
“What’d I do this time?” She lifted her chin—always lifting her damn chin. Taking pride to a level I wasn’t even capable of most days anymore.
“Nothing.” I let go of her arm, my hands itching to grab her and pull her close.
Instead, I walked to the door and unlatched the lock.
“Oh no. Don’t think so, buddy.” She threw her coat and her hat onto the floor, crossing her arms just under her breasts. “If I’m going to work for you, we need to set some ground rules.”
I tightened my hands into fists, fingernails digging into my palms. One step forward, then two, and she was in front of me, one eyebrow arched. Her curled lips saying I won’t back down. And damn I didn’t want her to. She messed with me, all fire and sass. And it made me fucking hot.
“You are the most ungrateful son of a bitch I’ve ever met in my life, and if you really and truly want me to be your child’s nanny, then you better cut the attitude or else I’m gonna—”
“Stop talking.” Couldn’t help myself. I had to do it. So I grabbed her waist and yanked her to my chest, while clutching the bottom of her shirt with my other hand. Eyes wide and lips parted, I took what I wanted and kissed her. Hard. Unforgivingly. Relentlessly.
And holy shit.
I mean, holy.
That kiss was so much. But it wasn’t enough—never would be enough either. Not until I had her against the wall, touching her anywhere she’d let me touch her. Skin on skin, flesh on flesh. Just once, that’s all I’d ask for. I wasn’t a greedy man, just needy and desperate for the only woman who’d ever mind-fucked me before she actually fucked me.
Fighting against every instinct I had, I used my tongue to explore, only to feel her arms wrap around my neck and her fingers dig into my scalp in response.
With her reaction, my restraint snapped in half.
I walked her backward. She obliged, hands desperate and tight as she clung to me. Warm body soft against mine, pliant and so damn sexy. Almost as needy as my own.
My knee went between her thighs as I pushed her back against the door. She moaned against my lips, the sound going straight to my cock. Her tongue was wet, my brain was fuzzy, but I needed this. I needed her.
I lifted her higher, her legs going right around my waist. She sucked my tongue into her mouth, and I lowered my hands to her ass, squeezing. The skirt she wore rode up higher and higher as she writhed against me, until nothing but her panties pressed against my jeans. She shivered as I rocked her pussy up and down against my cock.
Hot. Tight. Warm. That’s exactly how I imagined she’d be if I sank inside her.
She tipped her head back, bumping it against the wood. Her breathing was frantic, her chest rising and falling in time with my own. I lowered my mouth to her neck, kissing and sucking her skin. She tasted clean, fresh, and I groaned low in my throat, wanting nothing more than to bite her, mark her. Make her mine for just one night.
“Collin,” she whispered, her body trembling as she moved. I rocked her harder against me, sure I was going to come from the friction of the movement alone.
“Please,” she cried out, dry humping my cock like it was all she’d ever need again. And if this was the last woman I ever made come, I’d damn sure not regret it.
“Ain’t gonna stop. Wanna make you feel good.”
I’d been an ass all night to the girl. The least I could do was get her off…and enjoy myself at the same time.
She leaned forward, whimpering as she buried her forehead against my neck. I shut my eyes, blocking out everything around us and inhaling her hair, a smell I’d never forget.
Sweat dripped down my temples as I guided her up and down my length. My hands, as greedy as my lips, now digging tighter into her ass over her skimpy panties.
She shuddered at my words, moving faster, softly crying through what I knew was a quick release.
Damn, did I love that sound. Hadn’t realized how much I missed it until it came from her. And I wanted to hear it again, until she cried out my name next time, loud as hell so the world would know I’d been the one to do this to her. For her.
But then her breathing slowed and she kissed my neck, the sensation light and soft. Too intimate. Too much.
And that’s when the high came crashing down, hitting me as hard as a truck.
I’d just dry-fucked my daughter’s new nanny against the front door.
And I liked it.