Nine is a great hero. Is he perfect? No. He’s a little jealous and maybe a smidge overprotective. He also has a past reputation as a manwhore to overcome. But when he loves, he loves with his whole heart, which applies to Drew and his friends/family alike. He’ll do anything for those he loves, and at the end of the day, is there anything more sexy than that? (There were also some scenes between Nine and Drew’s daughter that were all kinds of adorable. Hot guy + cute kid = exploding ovaries)
This was also a slow burn romance, which I love. Nine and Drew got to know each other as friends (friends with a TON of sexual tension, but still…) before jumping into bed together, and I really appreciated that. There wasn’t any instalove. (And y’all know how much I hate instalove)
Drew was a little harder for me to warm up to as a heroine. I get that she’s a single mom and has some past daddy/mommy issues to overcome so I mostly gave her a pass, but there were times when I thought she was too tough on Nine, and maybe a little too judgy for my liking.
On a more positive note, though, as with all Elizabeth Reyes reads, the sex scenes were hot and spicy, and the sexual tension between Nine and Drew practically crawled off the pages and smacked you in the face. (Which is a good thing, in case that wasn’t clear.)
So, all in all, Nine was another highly 1-clickable read from an author I love.
Full disclosure: We received an ARC from the author, free of charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Check out the author’s backlist. It’s full of awesomeness.