I’ve got my looks, my charm, and well, a smile that melts panties. My charm only gets me so far though. Apparently, that limit is the law.
I don’t even care when the courts finally give me a punishment for vandalising the church property; in my defence, I didn’t know it was a church.
They’ve got me serving three months of community service working at the local church’s Salvation shelter.
They think three months here will change me; that I will change my delinquent ways. If only they knew… nothing could ever tame me.
I was taught at an early age that love destroys you. I accept that I’ll never love and I’ll never be loved.
What I’ve learned though is that love is also your greatest weakness; it’s why that one four letter word will never leave my mouth.
For the past year of my life I’ve never stayed anywhere longer than a few weeks. I’d sleep at different homeless shelters, park benches or anywhere I could find a dry place to sleep; the only belongings I have are carried in my backpack. I left everything else behind.
Now I’ve ended up in Coldenshire; tired of sleeping on the streets, tired of hurting and tired of eating scraps of food.
So when a chance encounter for a job at the local church shelter popped up, I took it. I know my time here is running out and that I should run, especially when the town bad boy, who is sexy as sin and annoying as hell, walks through the doors thinking he’s God’s gift to women.
He thinks life is a joke, that his smart mouth hides the pain behind his eyes, but he’s so off track I’m surprised he’s not lost.
I see the real him, and I don’t want anything to do with him, but he makes it hard when he’s always in my face. I have my own pain, my own loss and grief to suffer through; I don’t need anyone else’s.
I don’t need anything.
Not love, not sympathy, and certainly not forgiveness, after all, I killed my brother.
I’m a murderer.
I was intrigued by the first words of the book where I met Max. He’s a sarcastic, cocky lad, but he thinks his good looks and killer smile will always keep him out of trouble…boy does he have a lesson to learn. That smile isn’t working this time. He has to complete months of community service to keep himself out of jail. He meets Lake that night at the police station when she arrives with his grandfather’s girlfriend. He instantly is attracted to her, and she is attracted to him, but she will never admit it. The two begin spending a lot of time while volunteering at the church’s shelter, and Lake is now living with the family. Their friendship develops slowly as Lake can’t stand his attitude from the first instance she meets him even though she can’t stop thinking about him. As he continually pursues her, he wants her in his bed, but he soon finds himself wanting much more. Will he ever give up, or will she ever give into him? Either way, be prepared for major sparks between these two!
The storyline and the character development were awesome! I read in her acknowledgments that Gray really walked a fine line when creating Max. She wanted him to be cocky yet have a sensitive side, and she more than succeeded. He has such a naughty mouth and comes across as a cocky player, but as I got to know him just like Lake did, I realized there was much more to him than a gorgeous face and body. Deep down, he’s a sweetheart, and he uses his bravado to deal with his pain. He runs from relationships because his parents broke each other, and he doesn’t want to turn out like they did. Lake is just running period. She has something very painful in her past and blames herself. My heart broke for her as she felt like she deserved no happiness. Her past is the mystery that keeps this book moving at a perfect pace. I loved the banter between the two of them, and I love that Lake can cut Max down to his knees when he needs it. And, he makes her laugh which she certainly doesn’t do enough of. They are perfect together, and you realize when these two finally decide to be together that it will turn the earth on its axis.
Max is the first book in the series that I have read. I believe you can read this as a standalone, but I wish I had begun at the beginning. However, seeing all the characters from previous books makes me eager to read the rest of the story. I would highly recommend reading if you love a book with sexy, hilarious banter, some angst, and a big, wonderful family that supports each other. Looking forward to Maverick’s book soon!
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