Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale—again—doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude leaves Ellie ice-cold, and his rock-hard body won’t change that. Still, the more time she spends with the guy, the more she finds herself warming up to his unexpected charms.
Even though Brett comes off like a boy scout, Ellie has sparked something he wants badly enough to get him to rethink his past mistakes. But when her ex shows up, Brett makes it his mission to keep Ellie safe in the here and now. His gut tells him the guy’s trouble, and Ellie must agree, because she doesn’t complain when Brett pulls her close. To keep her safe, though, he’ll have to choose between breaking her heart . . . and breaking the rules.
***** Five Stars
This was such a fun book! I am not a fan of insta-love whatsoever – it has to be executed really well in order to work for me, so needless to say, I much prefer books like these where the characters are either friends first or hate each other before they fall in love. This case was pretty much the latter, with Ellie and Brett at odds frequently due to Ellie’s lead foot behind the wheel and Brett’s badge requiring him to pull her over.
When Ellie’s drug dealer ex-boyfriend is released from jail and begins stalking her again, she and Brett are pushed together as they try to get enough evidence on the loser to send him to jail.
I loved Brett and Ellie, who had two very different personalities but were just so cute together. I have read the first book in this “Friends First” series, and now I want to go back and read the second one that I missed. Characters from the previous two books are present in this edition, but you can read this as a standalone. I am looking forward to the fourth book as well!
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.