As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates.
Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.
Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.
Note: Never Been Kissed is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. I binge read this series, and Never Been Kissed is my favorite book.
I loved this story to pieces. I enjoyed so many things about it; I don’t even know where to start.
I’ll start with romance. This is the reason we read this kind of stories after all. Ashley and Brody’s story absolutely won me over. There were a lot of chemistry and feelings. And Molly O’Keefe writes such sensual erotic scenes. There was also second love story between Cora and Sean. To my surprise I enjoyed it a lot. I’m not usually a fan of “two stories in one”. I prefer books that concentrate on one couple and don’t divert readers attention. But in this case second romance worked perfectly.
And Molly O’Keefe’s characterization was again impeccable. Her characters were well written and multidimensional.
I also was fascinated by dynamic between Brody and his brother Sean. The author added many nuances to their relationship. Their story was sad and full of heartbreak, but also filled with love and hope.
Oh, there was a little bit mystery too. Brody was her father’s bodyguard many years ago and Ashley had a teenage crush on him. It’s obvious that something happened, but we don’t know exactly what. I loved how the author revealed it bit by bit.
There were so many times I wanted to quote, and then realized that these words would lose part of their charm out of context. It’s better to read this book.
In truth Never Been Kissed has so many stereotypical tropes [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler”](virginal blushing heroine, who has a long-time crush on strong brooding hero; guy who thinks that he is not good enough for heroine, and saves her from bad guys).[/su_spoiler] But Molly O’Keefe miraculously gave them all new touch.
I loved this story and put Never Been Kissed on my favourite shelf. Highly recommended.