Shut Up and Kiss MeSeries: Lost Boys #2
by Jessica Lemmon
Published by Random House, Loveswept on December 6th 2016
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Cade: I tried. I really tried. I should be out of this small town by now, finishing my law degree and partnering up with my buddies, but I couldn’t resist one last street race. Now I’m sidelined in the hospital, and while my injuries will heal, I’m not so sure my voice will return. What kind of attorney can’t talk? Yeah, exactly. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to come back from this... until Tasha Montgomery reawakens every competitive bone in my body.
Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.
What an intriguing idea for a story: a guy going to school to be a lawyer suddenly loses his most valuable asset, his voice. But this isn’t just any guy. Cade comes with some baggage, namely a father who had debts to pay that Cade felt compelled to pay for by street racing. It was in such a race that Cade crashed and lost almost everything.
Having read the first book in the Lost Boys series, Fighting for Devlin, I knew of Cade and his reputation. I liked the characters, the setting, and the overall story from the first book, too. Since Jessica Lemmon is pretty much almost always a slam dunk for me, I couldn’t wait to read this book!
The story is told in alternating points of view which is my favorite. In most any romance, I like to see the romance from both sides. Most of the time, I enjoy I enjoy both characters. Unfortunately, the heroine’s thoughts and actions drove me to write many, many notes on my Kindle copy of the book. Comments like, “WTF, who is she to say that?” and “You don’t need your daddy!!!!!” are peppered throughout my copy.
I did not connect with Tasha’s story. Oh, I liked her character fine, but her actions and some of the things she did made me want scream! I could have done without her whole family drama. And I could have done without her ex-boyfriend drama. I think Tasha would have been a great character on her own. She could have really rose up to help Cade find his purpose in life again.
But that’s not the book Ms. Lemmon wrote. So while I liked the story just fine, it was one half of the couple that just didn’t “do it” for me. And Ms. Lemmon’s writing is so solid, the romance is so scorching, that I still enjoyed the book anyways, heroine hatred and all. And truthfully, my hangup shouldn’t completely weigh down my rating of the book. Maybe just a little…