Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.
Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.
Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.
Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.
Published: November 3rd 2015 by Loveswept
Four and a half stars: A sizzling, sweet love story with a dose of danger.
Contessa busies herself in the library, trying to block out the nasty comments flying behind her, courtesy of her fellow students. Most are jealous because Tess just landed a dream internship, working for Declan O'Brien, the talented and upcoming District Attorney. Declan is trying a dangerous criminal, one who heads a major crime family. When Tess meets Declan in his office, she learns that due to the danger of the high profile case, she will need around the clock police protection, and one of the police officers assigned to her is none other than Curran O' Brien, Declan's brother. Tess blushes scarlet once she recognizes Curran. Tess and Curran have a history, one reckless night of sex during college that involved argyle socks. Will Tess survive the case?
What I Liked:
- Ms. Robson proves once again that she can sweep us off our feet with a fun, romantic tale tinged with some darkness. If you are a fan of Ms. Robson's NA series, this is another must read. I throughly enjoyed this novel.
- What I enjoy the most about Ms. Robson's NA books are the characters. The stories are all character driven, and I love that. In this book, you have Tess, a determined law student, held under the tight grasp of her father. Tess is smart and beautiful, yet she is lonely and carrying around heavy emotional baggage. Curran O' Brien, is charismatic, handsome, funny, loyal and quick to make you laugh. He is lugging his own burden as he is recovering from a recent work related incident. I loved his wicked sense of humor and his sexy swagger. Add in an excellent cast of secondary characters, such as the rest of the O'Brien clan, and even an appearance from Brody and Letty from Ms. Robson's other book, Once Loved, and you have an unforgettable cast. What I appreciate the most about her characters is that they are realistic, likable, flawed and they always make me laugh.
- The romance is sexy and sizzling hot, and everything you love in a good romance. I especially liked that this romance had a funny past. It is also a relationship grounded in a new found friendship, and it is one that heals. For all of you who like the heat, this surely won't disappoint. I personally liked the way the two learned to trust one another and how they came together.
- This book does follow the tried and true, if not overly worn, recipe of two people with difficulty in their pasts, coming together, falling in love and healing, yet it still works. I appreciated that this romance wasn't heavy on the drama and angst and there weren't ridiculous stumbles. I liked the way both Tess and Curran overcame their obstacles. They are good together.
- The overall story is interesting. You have a big trial going on as a side line, and some interesting tidbits laid out regarding the rest of the family. There is a big dramatic finish, but it all settles out nicely. I am eager to follow up on Declan.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I have liked each and every installment in Ms. Robson's NA series, they all tend to have the same format, so I was not at all surprised at the dramatic development at the end. It was easy to see it coming all along. I know it continues to work, but I am hoping that she will take a new angle in upcoming books. The sudden danger thrown in at the end is getting old.
- I have felt this way about most of the books in the series, I feel like the endings are always rapid fire and rather abrupt. You have a big, dramatic event, and then once the dust settles the book bounces ahead a few months down the road. I like that it wraps up well, but I always feel like the pace of the ending is too fast in comparison to the rest of the book. I want to spend a little more time dwelling in the good stuff.
- I kept hoping for a full blow by blow account of all that went down that one night between Tess and Curran in college. There are lots of snippets throughout, but I wanted all the details, especially as to how the socks came into the picture. It was hard imagining Tess as quiet and reserved as she was letting loose like that. I really wanted to know all.
Once Kissed was another fantastic installment in Ms Robson's ever popular NA series. I am not the biggest fan of NA, but this is one author and series that I continue to read and love. I always enjoy Ms. Robson's fantastic characters, entertaining and realistic stories, and I appreciate that her romances aren't heavy on the drama and angst. If you want a good NA romance, I highly recommend checking out this book. I am eagerly awaiting the next book as I can't wait to catch up with the rest of the O'Brien clan.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.